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Solution to Guest Puzzle - December 2011 "Acidify" by Arthur Schless

The single omitted letters (in parentheses in the list below) spell
DROP THE PH

 

Across

  1. (PH)EROMONE
  2. PIG OUT
  3. LETTERER
  4. NEEDLE
  5. OR(D)ER
  6. ACME
  7. MORTISE
  8. NAIL
  9. ANIONS
  10. DI(R)T
  11. SLUR
  12. EGGED
  13. TATI
  14. LAURA
  15. DYE
  16. SICK
  17. CRAB
  18. MATT(O)CK
  19. AGO
  20. YEAR
  21. ARTS
  22. (P)LOW
  23. STOP
  24. ROOFED
  25. (PH)ENOTYPE

Down

  1. EU(PH)EMISTIC
  2. TORTE
  3. (T)ELL
  4. (H)ICKS
  5. FOLD
  6. MAUL
  7. KALE
  8. MELON
  9. RAC(E)
  10. GOD
  11. OTERI
  12. EURO
  13. WENT
  14. (PH)OTOGRA(PH)Y
  15. SNEERING
  16. ABET
  17. O(P)PRESSED
  18. MAO
  19. TIER
  20. EDDY
  21. (H)ARPY
  22. GRANITE
  23. TARPON
  24. CATASTRO(PH)E

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

  1. Charles J. Rohrmann, Jr. Scarsdale, NY
  2. Rick Kasten Alexandria, VA
  3. Itai Pines Portland, OR
  4. Cathy Childs Pompano Beach, FL
  5. Joe Schrader Hillsboro, OR
  6. Stephen Throop Grover, NC
  7. Judy Adamski Jenison, MI
  8. Lewis Gee Poway, CA
  9. Allan Mayoff San Felipe, Baja Norte, Mexico
  10. Jim Christenson Port Townsend, WA

William Alcorn Cleveland Heights, OH
Dorothy Juhlin Bank Hillsborough, NC
Robert Brown Albuquerque, NM
Eric Chipman Boulder, CO
Susan Christie Corvallis, OR
Henry Cook Chicago, IL
Al Damm Marshall, WI
Ken Fan Cambridge, MA
Joe Fendel Berkeley, CA
Stan Francuz Somewhere in Australia
Warren Fraser Marmora, Ontario, Canada
Steve Gunter Raleigh, NC
Richard Harrison Portland, OR
Wayne Jones Worcester, NY
Eliot Kieval NewYork, NY
Steve Kinsky Denver, CO
Mike Lessie Douglassvile, PA
Andy Lewis Berkeley, CA
Bob Lundegaard Minneapolis, MN
Paul Lustig Lakewood, OH
Steph Mabie Oxford , GA
Brian McCrady Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Jackie Miller Everett, MA
Daniel J. Milton Vienna, VA
Mark Navarrete Quezon City, the Philippines
Mary Lyndal Nyberg Manhattan, KS
Charlie Pritzlaff Silver Spring, MD
Arnold Reich Bronxville, NY
Ned Robert Los Gatos, CA
Wayne Scott Jamaica Plain, MA
Dexter Senft Bedford, NY
Callie and Bob Smith Massena, NY
Steve Tice Great Falls, VA
Margaret Webster Medford, MA
Thomas Wilson South Williamsport, PA
Jay Winter Farmington Hills, MI