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Solution to Puzzle #88 - September 2008 "Back to Back"

The omitted letters (in parentheses in the list below) spell MAKE ENDS MEET, suggesting that every other word in the grid be reversed so that its end meets that of the preceding word.

Across

  1. MOUSE
  2. CO(M)PETE
  3. ANTHR(A)X
  4. MISHMASH
  5. ACHE
  6. CARAT
  7. TOKYO
  8. ANAL
  9. ROOTER
  10. DETER
  11. STRAND
  12. REGENT
  13. DETENTE
  14. LI(K)ENED
  15. AVENUE
  16. DUCAL
  17. NAVAL
  18. RET(E)LL
  19. DERANG(E)
  20. IRAS
  21. MARBLE
  22. PACI(N)G

Down

  1. MASCOT
  2. (D)RUID
  3. MONITOR
  4. ADDLE
  5. UTMO(S)T
  6. RENATA
  7. SHAKEN
  8. BRAVE
  9. (M)ERCY
  10. LAVEND(E)R
  11. EXHORT
  12. TENANT
  13. HELEN
  14. GLUE
  15. GESTATED
  16. ISLE
  17. PA(E)AN
  18. ALLEGE
  19. COMRADE
  20. (T)ARTAN
  21. CHARS
  22. PIECER

Kevin Wald solved the puzzle in 50 minutes.

September Puzzle Solvers
(The first ten are listed in the order their solutions were received, the others alphabetically)

  1. Mike Lessie Douglassvile, PA
  2. Al Sanders Fort Collins, CO
  3. Judy Adamski Jenison, MI
  4. Rick Kasten Alexandria, VA
  5. Lewis Gee Poway, CA
  6. Steve Tice Great Falls, VA
  7. Darreby Ambler Bath, ME
  8. Carol Marsh Greensboro, NC
  9. Jim Christenson Port Townsend, WA
  10. Dina Fertig Cherry Hill, NJ


Al Backiel – Ridgewood, NJ
Barry Brandes – Purdys, NY
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
Henry Cook – Chicago, IL
Jeff Courtright – Normal, IL
Norman W. Davis – Englewood, NJ
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Matthew Field – London, UK
Stan Francuz – Forster NSW, Australia
Dwight Freund – Sacramento, CA
Edward Gee – Richmond, VA
Michael N. Geselowitz – Cedarhurst, NY
John Gliessman – Seattle, WA
Kris Green – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
George Griffin – Las Vegas, NV
Gerald Hurtubise – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Gigi & Tony Janeshek – Lake Jackson, TX
Wayne Jones – Worcester, NY
Dorothy Juhlin – Hillsborough, NC
Dave Kaplan – New City, NY
Stan Kurzban – Chappaqua, NY
Richard Letourneau – Bonita Springs, FL
Paul Lustig – Lakewood, OH
Roy McLeese – Washington, DC
Jim McNally – Shortsville, NY
Thomas Miller – Hollywood, CA
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Priscilla Olson – Framingham, MA
Patrick D. Phillips – Bainbridge Island, WA
Charles Ray – North Potomac, MD
Stan Rehm – Madison, WI
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Charles J. Rohrmann, Jr. – Scarsdale, NY
Carolyn Roosevelt – Cambridge, MA
Mordy Rosen – Berkeley, CA
Andrew Rosenberg – Brooklyn, NY
Arthur Schless – Unionville, PA
Joe Schrader – Hillsboro, OR
Dexter Senft – Bedford, NY
Carolyn G. and Robert M. Smith – Massena, NY
Donald Stanley – Littleton, CO
Edward Stejskal – Raleigh, NC
John Stuelpnagel – Baltimore, MD
Claire Trazenfeld – Crownsville, MD
Margaret Webster – Medford, MA
Thomas Wilson – South Williamsport, PA
Jay Winter – Farmington Hills, MI