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Solution to Guest Puzzle – December 2010 "Finger Crosser" by Arthur Schless

The omitted letters (in parentheses in the list below) spell
BELIEVE IT OR NOT

Across

  1. (B)USINESS
  2. EVID(E)NT
  3. NOSTA(L)GIA
  4. CHITIN
  5. OR(I)ON
  6. LATCH
  7. SIRENIAN
  8. CHEESY
  9. BULGE
  10. HORSE TRADER
  11. REEK
  12. RENNET
  13. S(E)EL
  14. FILL
  15. ACT
  16. AVALON
  17. (V)ALVE
  18. RNA
  19. LARK
  20. ZEAL
  21. IGNITE
  22. MER(E)
  23. LEVEE

Down

  1. UNH(I)TCH
  2. REALISTIC
  3. HO(T)EL
  4. LATIN
  5. THEREFORE
  6. NOISE
  7. SKINK
  8. MES(O)N
  9. (R)ISER
  10. LAZE
  11. STORY TELLER
  12. S(N)ARE
  13. B(O)RN
  14. AVA
  15. LEGO
  16. NUANCE
  17. LEVIN
  18. (T)ILDE
  19. TRIVIAL
  20. AGE
  21. TANGED
  22. CANERS
  23. VANE

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

 1. Judy Adamski - Jenison, MI
 2. Dave Kaplan - New City, NY
 3. Jim Christenson - Port Townsend, WA
 4. Cathy Childs - Pompano Beach, FL
 5. Stephen Throop - Grover, NC
 6. Robert Brown - Albuquerque, NM
 7. Rick Kasten - Alexandria, VA
 8. Charles J. Rohrmann, Jr. - Scarsdale, NY
 9. Al Damm - Marshall, WI
10. Warren Fraser - Marmora, Ontario, Canada


Al Backiel - Ridgewood, NJ
Patricia Coppersmith - Venice, FL
Stan Francuz - Deloraine, Tas, Australia
Joyce Friedman - Cambridge, MA
Michael N. Geselowitz - Cedarhurst, NY
George Griffin - Las Vegas, NV
Dick Holmes - Lake Bluff, IL
Mike Lessie - Douglassvile, PA
Richard Letourneau - Bonita Springs, FL
D. Loeb - West Chester, PA
Allan Mayoff - San Felipe, Baja Norte, Mexico
Daniel J. Milton - Vienna, VA
Mark Navarrete - Quezon City, the Philippines
Itai Pines - Portland, OR
Arnold Reich - Bronxville, NY
Ned Robert - Los Gatos, CA
Joe Rogers - Old Greenwich, CT
Mordy Rosen - Berkeley, CA
Joe Schrader - Hillsboro, OR
Dexter Senft - Bedford, NY
Donald Stanley - Littleton, CO
Steve Tice - Great Falls, VA
Claire Trazenfeld - Crownsville, MD
Margaret Webster - Medford, MA
Jay Winter - Farmington Hills, MI