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Solution to Puzzle #23--April 2003 "Minnie's Boys"

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In the list below, mystery words are in italics, and parentheses around a letter mean that it must be omitted before the word will fit in the grid. The omitted letters spell MARX BROTHERS.

Across

  1. GROUCHO
  2. O(M)INOUS
  3. YARROW
  4. MERM(A)ID
  5. GOITE(R)
  6. STAMMER
  7. BLEARS
  8. DOPE
  9. ALLEGE
  10. PIPER
  11. ZEPPO
  12. BO(X)CAR
  13. GEAR
  14. ICED
  15. CREE
  16. RUE
  17. COLD
  18. HAMPER
  19. SURGE
  20. IMPALAS
  21. (B)READ
  22. CULP(R)ITS
  23. HARPO

Down

  1. GUMMO
  2. PARAM(O)UR
  3. SIMPER
  4. EMPLOY
  5. DE(T)ERGE
  6. PAPUA
  7. GRAZE
  8. RELIC
  9. ROBLE
  10. AURA
  11. THRILL
  12. PRESS
  13. SOOT(H)E
  14. EPICUR(E)
  15. HOWE
  16. AGO
  17. CORE
  18. AIMS
  19. REBEL
  20. GARNETS
  21. P(R)ODDED
  22. (S)PORADIC
  23. CHICO

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