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Solution to Special Puzzle--March 2003 "Off the Wall"

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In the grid above, the six letters in down words that don't mesh with across words are shown in red and spell HUMPTY reading across, while the six letters in across words that don't mesh with down words are shown in green and spell DUMPTY reading down. Those letters are in the same colors in the list of answer words below and are enclosed in square brackets in the words they don't mesh with. The thirteen letters that must be omitted before a word will fit in the grid are boldfaced and in parentheses; they spell HAD A GREAT FALL. An asterisk * indicates a proper name.

Across

  1. CAS(H)IER
  2. A DROI[ H]T
  3. T(A)RGET
  4. ENTER
  5. PET UNIA
  6. CATARRH
  7. RA MROD
  8. ADO PTED
  9. POW(D)ERED
  10. CREEL
  11. OP(A)L[ Y]
  12. M[ U]AIN
  13. (G)RAZE
  14. EPIC
  15. S[ P]EINE
  16. R[ T]OS TERS
  17. DRAPE
  18. PREDATES
  19. DESI(R)E
  20. E[ M]RAT
  21. HO YD(E)N

Down

  1. C H(A)RADE
  2. MIS(T)REAT
  3. PROD UC[ T
  4. (F)ESTER[ P]
  5. CASED
  6. MIRTH
  7. TRI P
  8. RARE
  9. G[ U]REENEST
  10. ARENA
  11. DERIDE
  12. *TATI[ M]
  13. PLAN(A)R
  14. SH[ D]EAR
  15. OOZE
  16. ADORN
  17. *COWPER
  18. PE[ Y](L)OTA
  19. DELE TES
  20. DIETAR Y
  21. POP(L)IN

Here are the answer words without adornment, except that the omitted letters are in parentheses:

Across

  1. CAS(H)IER
  2. ADROI[H]T
  3. T(A)RGET
  4. ENTER
  5. PETUNIA
  6. CATARRH
  7. RAMROD
  8. ADOPTED
  9. POW(D)ERED
  10. CREEL
  11. OP(A)L[Y]
  12. M[U]AIN
  13. (G)RAZE
  14. EPIC
  15. S[P]EINE
  16. R[T]OSTERS
  17. DRAPE
  18. PREDATES
  19. DESI(R)E
  20. E[M]RAT
  21. HOYD(E)N

Down

  1. CH(A)RADE
  2. MIS(T)REAT
  3. PRODUC[T]E
  4. (F)ESTER[P]
  5. CASED
  6. MIRTH
  7. TRIP
  8. RARE
  9. G[U]REENEST
  10. ARENA
  11. DERIDE
  12. *TATI[M]
  13. PLAN(A)R
  14. SH[D]EAR
  15. OOZE
  16. ADORN
  17. *COWPER
  18. PE[Y](L)OTA
  19. DELETES
  20. DIETARY
  21. POP(L)IN

The following people sent in solutions before the hints were posted:

  1. Bob Colonna
  2. Norman Davis
  3. Dwight Freund
  4. Tony Greanias
  5. Eliot Kieval
  6. Stan Kurzban
  7. Mark S. Manasse
  8. Dan Milton
  9. Carolyn Roosevelt
  10. Robert M. and Carolyn G. Smith
  11. Elaine Woontner