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Solution to Puzzle #57 - February 2006 "No Problem"

The twelve omitted letters (shown in parentheses in the list below) spell
A PIECE OF CAKE
The unclued mystery word is ICING

Across

    ICING                      
  1. COB(A)LT
  2. CORTICAL
  3. (P)ATHETIC
  4. VALINE
  5. EDAM
  6. HERE(I)N
  7. DRAY
  8. REEL
  9. ASSIST
  10. NILE
  11. PACT
  12. THEMA
  13. ISOMER
  14. PAROLE
  15. PROPEL
  16. WARFAR(E)
  17. CRATE
  18. EVIL
  19. DEMON
  20. CARAPA(C)E
  21. DAUGHTER
  22. EXPR(E)SS

Down

  1. C(O)ALESCE
  2. PANGOLIN
  3. STRETCH
  4. BANDIT
  5. PLEAT
  6. (F)ILTER
  7. SHAW
  8. ERECT
  9. (C)HEATER
  10. AVARICE
  11. DYN(A)MO
  12. RIPE
  13. NOTARIAL
  14. FLAX
  15. GRIME
  16. LIE
  17. ADEPT
  18. CHEE(K)
  19. SPR(E)E
  20. DRIVEL
  21. PORC
  22. MASCARA
  23. AMOROUS
Kevin Wald solved the puzzle in 45 minutes.

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Judy Adamski – Jenison, MI
Max Goodman – Chicago, IL
Al Sanders – Fort Collins, CO
Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Stan Kurzban – Chappaqua, NY
Gerald Hurtubise – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dwight Freund – Sacramento, CA
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Lewis Gee – Poway, CA
Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
David Durfee – Petersburgh, NY
Bob Petitto – Carol Stream, IL
Stan Francuz – Forster NSW, Australia
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
Joe Rogers – Old Greenwich, CT
Roy McLeese – Washington, DC
Bob Colonna – Providence, RI
Tony Greanias – Saginaw, MI
Eliot Kieval – NewYork, NY
Daniel A. Sadoff – St. Paul, MN
Joe Schrader – Hillsboro, OR
Carolyn G. & Robert M. Smith – Massena, NY
Caleb Lee – Boston, MA
Matthew Field – London, UK
Carolyn Roosevelt – Cambridge, MA
Jim McNally – Shortsville, NY
Cathy Moran – Studio City, CA
Elaine Woontner – Marion, IN
William Lane – Falmouth, MA
Kris Green – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Carol Marsh – Greensboro, NC
Patrick D. Phillips – Bainbridge Island, WA
Jonathan Belsky – St Louis, MO
Paul Noack – West Bloomfield, MI
Sue Roberts – Tucson, AZ
Thomas Miller – Hollywood, CA
Kiki Neely – Waban, MA
Michael N. Geselowitz – Cedarhurst, NY
Wayne Jones – Worcester, NY

Alphabetically
Judy Adamski – Jenison, MI
Jonathan Belsky – St Louis, MO
Bob Colonna – Providence, RI
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
David Durfee – Petersburgh, NY
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Matthew Field – London, UK
Stan Francuz – Forster NSW, Australia
Dwight Freund – Sacramento, CA
Lewis Gee – Poway, CA
Michael N. Geselowitz – Cedarhurst, NY
Max Goodman – Chicago, IL
Tony Greanias – Saginaw, MI
Kris Green – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Gerald Hurtubise – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Wayne Jones – Worcester, NY
Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
Eliot Kieval – NewYork, NY
Stan Kurzban – Chappaqua, NY
William Lane – Falmouth, MA
Caleb Lee – Boston, MA
Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
Carol Marsh – Greensboro, NC
Roy McLeese – Washington, DC
Jim McNally – Shortsville, NY
Thomas Miller – Hollywood, CA
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Cathy Moran – Studio City, CA
Kiki Neely – Waban, MA
Paul Noack – West Bloomfield, MI
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Bob Petitto – Carol Stream, IL
Patrick D. Phillips – Bainbridge Island, WA
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Sue Roberts – Tucson, AZ
Joe Rogers – Old Greenwich, CT
Carolyn Roosevelt – Cambridge, MA
Daniel A. Sadoff – St. Paul, MN
Al Sanders – Fort Collins, CO
Joe Schrader – Hillsboro, OR
Carolyn G. & Robert M. Smith – Massena, NY
Elaine Woontner – Marion, IN