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Solution to Guest Puzzle – December 2009 "Hit or Miss" by Arthur Schless

In the grid above, arrows indicate the direction in which answers are entered, and the omitted letters (in parentheses in the list below), placed at the ends of the rows or columns in which they occur and reading clockwise around the grid, spell OLYMPIC SPORT OF PING-PONG.

Across

  1. (I)NDEPENDENCE
  2. DUEL
  3. DERAN(G)E
  4. OPERA
  5. IN(C)ITED
  6. GARDE(N)
  7. SATE
  8. ATARI
  9. DRINKER
  10. (S)ELL
  11. C(O)MB
  12. CAFES
  13. NEIGH
  14. CABAL
  15. (P)EACH
  16. STE(P)
  17. SELES
  18. ALERT
  19. L(O)OSE
  20. PATE
  21. SPRI(G)
  22. LIMBO
  23. AURORA
  24. BRAG
  25. PO(R)T

Down

  1. NO(N)PAREIL
  2. EURO
  3. ARAG(O)NITE
  4. EDEN
  5. RAD(I)SH
  6. STORABLE
  7. CEREA(L)
  8. APERITIF
  9. A(P)LOMB
  10. RISE
  11. BAN(Y)AN
  12. END
  13. DISK
  14. CASE
  15. (F)LAG
  16. I(M)PEL
  17. BEETLE
  18. NEED
  19. R(O)ME
  20. TARP
  21. OPT
  22. S(P)ACER
  23. DUC(T)ED
  24. GALL
  25. CHEST

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

  1. Judy Adamski Jenison, MI
  2. Rick Kasten Alexandria, VA
  3. Dina Fertig Cherry Hill, NJ
  4. Stan Francuz Forster NSW, Australia
  5. Lewis Gee Poway, CA
  6. Ned Robert Los Gatos, CA
  7. George Griffin Las Vegas, NV
  8. Thomas Wilson South Williamsport, PA
  9. Robert Brown Albuquerque, NM
  10. Jim Christenson Port Townsend, WA
Cathy Childs – Pompano Beach, FL
Charlene Coates – Coatesville, PA
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Juan Carlos Fernandez – West Hollywood, CA
Warren Fraser – Marmora, Ontario, Canada
Michael N. Geselowitz – Cedarhurst, NY
Wayne Jones – Worcester, NY
Dave Kaplan – New City, NY
Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
Paul Lustig – Lakewood, OH
Allan Mayoff – San Felipe, Baja Norte, Mexico
Joe Rogers – Old Greenwich, CT
Charles J. Rohrmann, Jr. – Scarsdale, NY
Donald Stanley – Littleton, CO
Edward Stejskal – Raleigh, NC
John Stuelpnagel – Baltimore, MD
Jay Winter – Farmington Hills, MI