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Solution to Puzzle #19--December 2002 "Bargain Sale"

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Parentheses around a letter mean that it must be omitted before the word will fit in the grid. The seven omitted letters spell HALF OFF, which is how words in italics must be treated beore they are entered in the grid. An asterisk indicates a proper name.

Across

  1. BONBON
  2. COLOR
  3. TOM-TOM
  4. EMPAT (H) Y
  5. PARLOR
  6. BOLERO
  7. COLT
  8. ISOL (A) TE
  9. MANGE
  10. PAPA
  11. HARASS
  12. PREEN
  13. CLASH
  14. FOALS
  15. *DADA
  16. ALAE
  17. RIVET
  18. *SUSU
  19. MARRON
  20. AREA
  21. TITI
  22. KAPUT
  23. MARTINET
  24. (L) ACKEY
  25. CANCAN
  26. GRI (F) IN
  27. NENE

Down

  1. BERIBERI
  2. PESTER
  3. COMB
  4. SAND
  5. *SATAN
  6. POOH-POOH
  7. CAUTI (O) N
  8. CALLA
  9. (F) LAMINGO
  10. TETRA
  11. LAKER
  12. LYRE
  13. *ASA
  14. RATIO
  15. POM-POM
  16. *SHERPA
  17. FRACAS
  18. FROU-FROU
  19. CITRON
  20. POINT
  21. KNOLL
  22. GRAVAMEN
  23. MOTMOT
  24. (F) EELER
  25. AYE-AYE

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