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Solution to Puzzle #103 - December 2009 "The World's Biggest Atoll"

The omitted letters (in parentheses in the list below) spell
KIRITIMATI*

 

Across

  1. DUODECIMAL
  2. TANGERINE
  3. MERINO
  4. NINE
  5. MEDAL
  6. (K)ETONE
  7. COLONY
  8. REVIS(I)ON
  9. EVEN
  10. STADE
  11. PROVE
  12. RECORDS
  13. SCAN
  14. SWAN
  15. ALOE
  16. LOITER
  17. S(I)LENCER
  18. CALYPSO
  19. ULSTER
  20. GLASS
  21. RIPOS(T)E

Down

  1. DAILY
  2. NEWEL
  3. GUNNER
  4. SCARY
  5. LOGO
  6. TETON
  7. SPADE
  8. NOVA
  9. RA(I)LS
  10. SERIN
  11. (M)IDDLE
  12. OSCINE
  13. SE(A)SON
  14. URINE
  15. COPSE
  16. CLIME
  17. MONOCLE
  18. SPAM
  19. ELEVA(T)OR
  20. TOLEDO
  21. VENICE
  22. STRA(I)NER
  23. STARE

Kevin Wald solved the puzzle in 35 minutes.
* See http://www.janeresture.com/christmas//

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

  1. Judy Adamski Jenison, MI
  2. Thomas Wilson South Williamsport, PA
  3. Darreby Ambler Bath, ME
  4. Lewis Gee Poway, CA
  5. Al Backiel Ridgewood, NJ
  6. Dwight Freund Sacramento, CA
  7. Ned Robert Los Gatos, CA
  8. Dina Fertig Cherry Hill, NJ
  9. Max Goodman Chicago, IL
  10. Priscilla Olson Framingham, MA

Dale Ashworth – San Francisco, CA
Albin Avgher – Johannesurg, South Africa
Barry Brandes – Purdys, NY
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
Cathy Childs – Pompano Beach, FL
Jim Christenson – Port Townsend, WA
Charlene Coates – Coatesville, PA
Henry Cook – Chicago, IL
Jeff Courtright – Bloomington, IL
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Juan Carlos Fernandez – West Hollywood, CA
Matthew Field – London, UK
Stan Francuz – Somewhere in Australia
Warren Fraser – Marmora, Ontario, Canada
Michael N. Geselowitz – Cedarhurst, NY
Wayne Gooley – Forster NSW, Australia
Yohma Gray – Evanston, IL
George Griffin – Las Vegas, NV
Grace Janeshek – Lake Jackson, TX
Ralph Jones – Aurora, CO
Wayne Jones – Worcester, NY
Natasha Julius – Chicago, IL
Dave Kaplan – New City, NY
Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
Eliot Kieval – NewYork, NY
Doug Kouril – Arlington, VA
Robert Leavitt – Fredericton, NB, Canada
Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
Richard Letourneau – Bonita Springs, FL
Paul Lustig – Lakewood, OH
Carol Marsh – Greensboro, NC
Allan Mayoff – San Felipe, Baja Norte, Mexico
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Andrew Oakes – Half Moon Bay, CA
Patrick D. Phillips – Bainbridge Island, WA
Huw Powell – Lee, NH
Charlie Pritzlaff – Silver Spring, MD
Joe Rogers – Old Greenwich, CT
Mordy Rosen – Berkeley, CA
Al Sanders – Fort Collins, CO
Arthur Schless – Unionville, PA
Joe Schrader – Hillsboro, OR
Donald W. Scott – Heeney, CO
Dexter Senft – Bedford, NY
Carolyn G. & Robert M. Smith – Massena, NY
Donald Stanley – Littleton, CO
Edward Stejskal – Raleigh, NC
John Stuelpnagel – Baltimore, MD
Steve Tice – Great Falls, VA
Claire Trazenfeld – Crownsville, MD
Margaret Webster – Medford, MA
Jay Winter – Farmington Hills, MI