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Solution to Puzzle #55 - December 2005 "Christmas Card "

The omitted letters (in parentheses in the list below) spell
SEASON ' S    GREETINGS

Across

  1. HAPPY
  2. (S)KIRL
  3. PEEL
  4. EMPIR(E)
  5. SAL(A)AM
  6. PREEN
  7. GAMIN
  8. (S)EAM
  9. REIN
  10. ABET
  11. TRACK
  12. DORY
  13. S(O)CIETY
  14. NEW
  15. MONOCLE
  16. SINGE
  17. KANSAS
  18. I(N)FORMER
  19. IMPALE
  20. (S)TOOGE
  21. DISROBE
  22. CREPE
  23. NE(G)ATIVE
  24. YEAR

Down

  1. HE(R)METIC
  2. S(E)MINAL
  3. PARE
  4. LAPSE
  5. PERM(E)ATE
  6. SA(T)RAP
  7. MERCY
  8. SILO
  9. TYPEE
  10. KNIFE
  11. BIKINI
  12. DENOTE
  13. VIRG(I)N
  14. (N)OW
  15. GROCER
  16. SAAR
  17. MEMORY
  18. LAMB
  19. YOKE
  20. GEE
  21. PLIÉ
  22. SNARE
  23. PA(G)EANT
  24. CON(S)IDER
Kevin Wald solved the puzzle in 35 minutes.

Chronologically (December)
Judy Adamski – Jenison, MI
Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
Stan Kurzban – Chappaqua, NY
Arthur Schless – Unionville, PA
Dwight Freund – Sacramento, CA
Richard Showstack – Newport Beach, CA
Eliot Kieval – NewYork, NY
Bob Petitto – Carol Stream, IL
Lewis Gee – Poway, CA
Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
Cathy Moran – Studio City, CA
Carolyn Roosevelt – Cambridge, MA
Michael Sedlack – Lancaster, OH
Joe Rogers – Old Greenwich, CT
Barry Tunick – Culver City, CA
Matthew Field – London, UK
Jeff Courtright – Normal, IL
Thomas Wilson – South Williamsport, PA
Al Sanders – Fort Collins, CO
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Charlene Coates – Coatesville, PA
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
Max Goodman – Chicago, IL
Stan Francuz – Forster NSW, Australia
Tony Greanias – Saginaw, MI
Robert M.& Carolyn G. Smith – Massena, NY
Roy McLeese – Washington, DC
Edward Stejskal – Raleigh, NC
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Dorothy Juhlin – Hillsborough, NC
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
Geoff Bailey – Sydney, Australia
Elaine Woontner – Marion, IN
Caleb Lee – Boston, MA
Thomas Miller – Hollywood, CA
Patrick D. Phillips – Bainbridge Island, WA
Manuel Esguerra – Minneapolis, MN
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Kris Green – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Priscilla Olson – Framingham, MA
Paul Gordon – Northbrook, IL
Edward Gee – Richmond, VA
S. Venkatraghavan – Mumbai, India
Carolyn Fox – Midland, MI
Peggy Bedell – Northampton, MA
William Lane – Falmouth, MA
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Michael N. Geselowitz – Cedarhurst, NY

Alphabetically
Judy Adamski – Jenison, MI
Geoff Bailey – Sydney, Australia
Peggy Bedell – Northampton, MA
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
Charlene Coates – Coatesville, PA
Jeff Courtright – Normal, IL
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
Manuel Esguerra – Minneapolis, MN
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Matthew Field – London, UK
Carolyn Fox – Midland, MI
Stan Francuz – Forster NSW, Australia
Dwight Freund – Sacramento, CA
Edward Gee – Richmond, VA
Lewis Gee – Poway, CA
Michael N. Geselowitz – Cedarhurst, NY
Max Goodman – Chicago, IL
Paul Gordon – Northbrook, IL
Tony Greanias – Saginaw, MI
Kris Green – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Dorothy Juhlin – Hillsborough, NC
Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
Eliot Kieval – NewYork, NY
Stan Kurzban – Chappaqua, NY
William Lane – Falmouth, MA
Caleb Lee – Boston, MA
Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
Roy McLeese – Washington, DC
Thomas Miller – Hollywood, CA
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Cathy Moran – Studio City, CA
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – – Manhattan, KS
Priscilla Olson – Framingham, MA
Bob Petitto – Carol Stream, IL
Patrick D. Phillips – Bainbridge Island, WA
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Joe Rogers – Old Greenwich, CT
Carolyn Roosevelt – Cambridge, MA
Al Sanders – Fort Collins, CO
Arthur Schless – Unionville, PA
Michael Sedlack – Lancaster, OH
Richard Showstack – Newport Beach, CA
Robert M.& Carolyn G. Smith – Massena, NY
Edward Stejskal – Raleigh, NC
Barry Tunick – Culver City, CA
S. Venkatraghavan – Mumbai, India
Thomas Wilson – South Williamsport, PA
Elaine Woontner – Marion, IN