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Solution to Puzzle #129 - February 2012 "First Choice"

The omitted letters (in parentheses in the list below) spell
SCYLLA AND CHARYBDIS

 

Across

  1. DEVIL
  2. ALGAE
  3. DE(S)PERATE
  4. (C)EREAL
  5. ERECT
  6. CAND(Y)
  7. MANTLE
  8. (L)ETUP
  9. HERD
  10. STARE
  11. ROOT
  12. E(L)SIE
  13. RULER
  14. RE(A)CH
  15. D(A)VIS
  16. DOTE
  17. REAL
  18. ATE
  19. ELA(N)D
  20. HERE
  21. SACRE(D)
  22. LOOK
  23. PHENOL
  24. LESE
  25. DEEP BLUE SEA

Down

  1. DE(C)LARE
  2. C(H)EEK
  3. DEPEND
  4. SHARP
  5. EVERT
  6. SIDLE
  7. HEIR
  8. EL(A)TE
  9. VASE
  10. PLACE
  11. (R)ARITAN
  12. BATTER(Y)
  13. USE
  14. COLLECT
  15. ELDER
  16. LUGE
  17. AUREOLE
  18. LEARN
  19. PORTA(B)LE
  20. SEED
  21. HOR(D)E
  22. DOSE
  23. D(I)AMETER
  24. HO(S)EA

Kevin Wald solved the puzzle in 45 minutes.

 

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

  1. Mark Navarrete – Quezon City, the Philippines
  2. Dina Fertig – Cherry Hill, NJ
  3. Cathy Childs – Pompano Beach, FL
  4. Lewis Gee – Poway, CA
  5. Itai Pines – Portland, OR
  6. Jackie Miller – Everett, MA
  7. Judy Adamski – Jenison, MI
  8. Doug Kouril – Arlington, VA
  9. Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
  10. Donald R. Spaulding – Los Altos, CA

William Alcorn – Cleveland Heights, OH
Dorothy Juhlin Bank – Hillsborough, NC
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
Eric Chipman – Boulder, CO
Jim Christenson – Port Townsend, WA
Henry Cook – Chicago, IL
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
David Durfee – Bennington, VT
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Barbara Featherston – St. Louis, MO
Joe Fendel – Berkeley, CA
Juan Carlos Fernandez – West Hollywood, CA
William Flis – Philadelphia, PA
Stan Francuz – Somewhere in Australia
Warren Fraser – Marmora, Ontario, Canada
Edward Gee – Richmond, VA
Michael N. Geselowitz – Cedarhurst, NY
Kris Green – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Steve Gunter – Raleigh, NC
Craig Harman – Washington, DC
Richard Harrison – Portland, OR
Gιrald Hurtubise – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Ken Johnson – Springfield, MO
Ralph Jones – Aurora, CO
Wayne Jones – Worcester, NY
Natasha Julius – Chicago, IL
Al Kahn – Houston, TX
Adam Kaczmarek – Falls Church, VA
Douglas Kaiser – Deep Gap, NC
Dave Kaplan – New City, NY
Eliot Kieval – NewYork, NY
Stan Kurzban – Chappaqua, NY
Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
Richard Letourneau – Bonita Springs, FL
Andy Lewis – Berkeley, CA
D. Loeb – West Chester, PA
Paul Lustig – Lakewood, OH
Bob Mattson – Smithtown, NY
Brian McCrady – Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Peter G. Neumann – Menlo Park, CA
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Huw Powell – Lee, NH
Charlie Pritzlaff – Silver Spring, MD
David L. Ratner – Larkspur, CA
Charles Ray – Harare, Zimbabwe
Arnold Reich – Bronxville, NY
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Joe Rogers – Old Greenwich, CT
Charles J. Rohrmann, Jr. – Scarsdale, NY
Mordy Rosen – Berkeley, CA
Al Sanders – Fort Collins, CO
Arthur Schless – Unionville, PA
Wayne Scott – Jamaica Plain, MA
Dexter Senft – Bedford, NY
Callie and Bob Smith – Massena, NY
Ashutosh Sodhani – Indore, MP, India
Donald Stanley – Littleton, CO
Bob Thiman – Portland, OR
Stephen Throop – Grover, NC
Steve Tice – Great Falls, VA
S. Venkatraghavan – Mumbai, India
Margaret Webster – Medford, MA
Thomas Wilson – South Williamsport, PA
Jay Winter – Farmington Hills, MI