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Solution to Guest Puzzle by Mike Lessie – "Live! At the Apollo Theater"

Mystery entries are shown in red in the diagram above and in the list of answer words below. The omitted letters (in parentheses in the list) spell MOON LANDING

Across

  1. ARMSTRONG
  2. NEVER
  3. TEASE
  4. LENIN
  5. A(M)ASS
  6. TEA SET
  7. TILT
  8. STARE
  9. BIS(O)N
  10. LEER
  11. RET
  12. R(O)OT
  13. ALDRIN
  14. ERA
  15. NOTICE
  16. ORGY
  17. WAIT
  18. NACRE
  19. GRIP
  20. CA(N)E
  21. STENCIL
  22. PIC
  23. MARSA(L)A
  24. ALASKA
  25. COLLINS

Down

  1. AVI(A)TION
  2. APPARENT
  3. STOICISM
  4. RAIN
  5. ATTACK
  6. STALL
  7. LINEMA(N)
  8. TESTED
  9. CASA
  10. CRASS
  11. ERECTv
  12. ROOST
  13. TRIO
  14. RE(D)S
  15. L(I)NE
  16. EARN
  17. RENAL
  18. GLARE
  19. EGG
  20. CAINE
  21. SE(N)TRY
  22. RIA
  23. NENE
  24. BRA(G)
  25. WILLS

Guest Puzzle Solvers (in chronological order)
Judy Adamski – Jenison, MI
Eliot Kieval – NewYork, NY
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Al Sanders – Fort Collins, CO
Kiki Neely – Waban, MA
Scott Kurman – Entiat, WA
Claire Trazenfeld – Crownsville, MD
Carolyn Roosevelt – Cambridge, MA
Charlene Coates – Coatesville, PA
Stan Francuz – Forster NSW, Australia
Jim McNally – Shortsville, NY
Thomas Wilson – South Williamsport, PA
Gerald Hurtubise – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
David Durfee – Petersburgh, NY
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Joyce Friedman – Cambridge, MA
Ed Mehling – Phoenix, AZ
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Edward Stejskal – Raleigh, NC
Arthur Schless – Unionville, PA
Jeff Courtright – Normal, IL
Jonathan Belsky – St Louis, MO
Tony Greanias – Saginaw, MI
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
Roy McLeese – Washington, DC
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
William Lane – Falmouth, MA
Bob Petitto – Carol Stream, IL
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Judith Bagai – Portland, OR
Michael N. Geselowitz – Cedarhurst, NY
Matthew Field – London, UK
Joan B. Strassman – Belmont, MA
Carolyn Fox – Midland, MI
Michael C. Moetell – Washington, DC
Max Goodman – Chicago, IL

Guest Puzzle Solvers (in alphabetical order)
Judy Adamski – Jenison, MI
Judith Bagai – Portland, OR
Jonathan Belsky – St Louis, MO
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
Charlene Coates – Coatesville, PA
Jeff Courtright – Normal, IL
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
David Durfee – Petersburgh, NY
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Matthew Field – London, UK
Carolyn Fox – Midland, MI
Stan Francuz – Forster NSW, Australia
Joyce Friedman – Cambridge, MA
Michael N. Geselowitz – Cedarhurst, NY
Max Goodman – Chicago, IL
Tony Greanias – Saginaw, MI
Gerald Hurtubise – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Eliot Kieval – NewYork, NY
Scott Kurman – Entiat, WA
William Lane – Falmouth, MA
Roy McLeese – Washington, DC
Jim McNally – Shortsville, NY
Ed Mehling – Phoenix, AZ
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Michael C. Moetell – Washington, DC
Kiki Neely – Waban, MA
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Bob Petitto – Carol Stream, IL
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Carolyn Roosevelt – Cambridge, MA
Al Sanders – Fort Collins, CO
Arthur Schless – Unionville, PA
Edward Stejskal – Raleigh, NC
Joan B. Strassman – Belmont, MA
Claire Trazenfeld – Crownsville, MD
Thomas Wilson – South Williamsport, PA