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Solution to Guest Puzzle – February 2010 "Draw A Blank" by Arthur Schless

The omitted letters (in parentheses in the list below) spell
YOU BET YOUR LIFE

Across

  1. ROPEDANCER
  2. (Y)EARLY
  3. EX(O)DUS
  4. LUTEIN
  5. ABO(U)T
  6. TACIT
  7. (B)OER
  8. INGOT
  9. HOARSE
  10. SMART
  11. ANCIENT
  12. ERTE
  13. RAT(E)
  14. BLARNEY
  15. RILL
  16. OLEOS
  17. POESIES
  18. MACON
  19. POTT
  20. SEER
  21. OATH
  22. PI(T)Y
  23. SKATER
  24. ZINC

Down

  1. RATIONALITY
  2. (Y)ORE
  3. TACTLESS
  4. P(O)LIO
  5. RIBOSE
  6. KEYNES
  7. ELL
  8. MEADE
  9. ARENA
  10. EAR
  11. TAX
  12. BISTRO
  13. COEN
  14. DON
  15. MEN(U)S
  16. (R)OAR
  17. CUT
  18. G(L)ARE
  19. P(I)NT
  20. ZEST
  21. (F)ORTY
  22. OPHIR
  23. LATTE
  24. REOP(E)N
  25. EUCHARISTIC

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

  1. Judy Adamski Jenison, MI
  2. Rick Kasten Alexandria, VA
  3. Dina Fertig Cherry Hill, NJ
  4. Lewis Gee Poway, CA
  5. Ned Robert Los Gatos, CA
  6. George Griffin Las Vegas, NV
  7. Thomas Wilson South Williamsport, PA
  8. Dave Kaplan New City, NY
  9. Jim Christenson Port Townsend, WA
  10. Jay Winter Farmington Hills, MI
Al Backiel Ridgewood, NJ
Robert Brown Albuquerque, NM
Stan Francuz Somewhere in Australia
John Gliessman Seattle, WA
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner Sarasota, FL
Al Damm Marshall, WI
Joe Rogers Old Greenwich, CT
Jeff Courtright Bloomington, IL
Paul Lustig Lakewood, OH
Michael N. Geselowitz Cedarhurst, NY
Donald Stanley Littleton, CO
Edward Stejskal Raleigh, NC
Mark Navarrete Quezon City, the Phillipines
Wayne Jones Worcester, NY
Ed Wallerstein Prairie Village, KS