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Solution to Puzzle #135 - August 2012 "Off to the Races"

The omitted letters (in parentheses in the list below) spell SIR BARTON
and AFFIRMED, the first and the most recent triple crown winners.

 

Across

  1. TON(S)IL
  2. SOLID
  3. VAR(I)ANCE
  4. MONG(R)EL
  5. LIGHTEN
  6. GENIAL
  7. PUBLIC
  8. TA(B)BY
  9. DILLY
  10. CH(A)IN
  11. NOUN
  12. BESEEM
  13. TICKE(R)
  14. ESCARP
  15. INTERES(T)
  16. AROUSE
  17. ADORE
  18. RIOTER
  19. DORAD(O)
  20. FAT
  21. WAIST
  22. ASCE(N)SION

Down

  1. TALIB(A)N
  2. IN(F)ERIOR
  3. (F)LAY
  4. OCTAD
  5. SNAIL
  6. DUKE
  7. DOTING
  8. PINERO
  9. RA(I)L
  10. CHU(R)L
  11. BEER
  12. ASSET
  13. BLESSED
  14. COMELY
  15. SCAR
  16. FELON
  17. ICE
  18. ARIA
  19. SING
  20. CHEROOT
  21. (M)IDGET
  22. IMPUT(E)
  23. WOVEN
  24. ANTI
  25. SE(D)AN

Kevin Wald solved the puzzle in 30 minutes.

 

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

  1. Mark Navarrete Quezon City, the Philippines
  2. Brian McCrady Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
  3. Dina Fertig Cherry Hill, NJ
  4. Stan Francuz Deloraine, Tas, Australia
  5. Eliot Kieval NewYork, NY
  6. Judy Adamski Jenison, MI
  7. Stan Kurzban Chappaqua, NY
  8. Charles J. Rohrmann, Jr. Scarsdale, NY
  9. Rick Kasten Alexandria, VA
  10. Cathy Childs Pompano Beach, FL

William Alcorn Cleveland Heights, OH
Dale Ashworth San Francisco, CA
Al Backiel Ridgewood, NJ
Robert Brown Albuquerque, NM
Kevin Cadmus Columbus, OH
Eric Chipman Boulder, CO
Jim Christenson Port Townsend, WA
Rob Church Vancouver, WA
Henry Cook Chicago, IL
Patricia Coppersmith Venice, FL
Ken Crowell Halifax, NS, Canada
David Durfee Bennington, VT
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner Sarasota, FL
Barbara Featherston St. Louis, MO
Joe Fendel Berkeley, CA
Matthew Field Hastings, England
Warren Fraser Marmora, Ontario, Canada
Lewis Gee Poway, CA
Michael N. Geselowitz Cedarhurst, NY
Michael Green St. Louis, MO
Steve Gunter Raleigh, NC
Craig Harman Washington, DC
Richard Harrison Portland, OR
Vicki Homer Philadelphia, TN
Ralph Jones Aurora, CO
Dave Kaplan New City, NY
Mike Lessie Douglassvile, PA
Richard Letourneau Bonita Springs, FL
D. Loeb West Chester, PA
Paul Lustig Lakewood, OH
Carol Marsh Washington, DC
Bob Mattson Smithtown, NY
Jackie Miller Everett, MA
Daniel J. Milton Vienna, VA
Mary Lyndal Nyberg Manhattan, KS
Itai Pines Portland, OR
Harold Porosoff Scarsdale, NY
Huw Powell Lee, NH
Charlie Pritzlaff Silver Spring, MD
David L. Ratner Larkspur, CA
Arnold Reich Bronxville, NY
Ned Robert Los Gatos, CA
Joe Rogers Old Greenwich, CT
Carolyn Roosevelt Cambridge, MA
Mordy Rosen Berkeley, CA
Al Sanders Fort Collins, CO
Arthur Schless Unionville, PA
Joe Schrader Hillsboro, OR
Wayne Scott Jamaica Plain, MA
Dexter Senft Bedford, NY
Eric Singel Philadelphia, PA
Callie and Bob Smith Massena, NY
Ashutosh Sodhani Indore, MP, India
Donald Stanley Littleton, CO
Bob Thiman Portland, OR
Stephen Throop Grover, NC
Steve Tice Great Falls, VA
Ed Wallerstein Prairie Village, KS
Margaret Webster Medford, MA
Thomas Wilson South Williamsport, PA
Jay Winter Farmington Hills, MI
Barbara Wohlgemuth Austin, TX