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Solution to Puzzle #32 - January 2004 "Retrospective"

solution grid
In the grid above and the list below, mystery entries (which are turned around in the grid) are shown in red. Parentheses around a letter in the list below mean that it must be omitted before the word will fit in the grid. The ten omitted letters spell WESTWARD HO, and the word that appears nowhere in the puzzle is BACK.

For an explanation of certain clues, see note below.

Across

  1. GROUND
  2. (W)ARMER
  3. EZRA
  4. DERMAL
  5. TRAY
  6. BARMEN
  7. LANC(E)
  8. SLUES
  9. DESK
  10. GATE
  11. GEMS
  12. ACE
  13. TO THE FUTURE
  14. COPY
  15. SERIAL
  16. ARMOR
  17. (S)TREEP
  18. AGE
  19. PROMP(T)ER
  20. TRADE
  21. ALE(W)IFE
  22. SPLENDOR
  23. GAMMON

Down

  1. DER(A)NGE
  2. CREDENZA
  3. CAROM
  4. PENURY
  5. STUPOR
  6. ADO(R)ABLE
  7. TYRO
  8. LORD
  9. AUGUST
  10. MERGE
  11. REEFER
  12. PIN
  13. ARMS
  14. MERE
  15. (D)EFORMED
  16. SHIER
  17. EMMA
  18. NEAT
  19. APT
  20. SMELL
  21. SC(H)OLAR
  22. PARTAKE

A note on the solution:
Several solvers questioned the clues for ACE and BARMEN. The American Heritage dictionary, my standard reference, lists AC as standing for ante cibum, "before meals" in Latin. Apparently it's an abbreviation used by doctors in writing prescriptions ("to be taken AC"). Hence, the clue parses, "before meals (AC) begin, eat (E) card (ACE)."

American Heritage also gives as one definition for BEN, "any of several Asiatic trees of the genus Moringa. . . ." Hence, "weapon (ARM) hidden in tree (BEN) by those who serve spirits (BARMEN)."

Several solvers also reported being thrown off by the clue for DERANGE, getting ANGERED instead, which must have been infuriating. Oddly enough, only one solver mentioned the equally plausible answer ENRAGED. (See our guide to solving cryptic clues, which cites these very anagrams as an example of how clue writers attempt to sow confusion.)

Chronologically
Roger Phillips - London, United Kingdom
Carolyn Roosevelt - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Stan Kurzban - Chappaqua, New York
Jon Delfin - New York, New York
Ed Enstrom - Pearl River, New York
Tony Greanias - Saginaw, Michigan
Elaine Woontner - Marion, Indiana
David Durfee - Petersburgh, New York
Norman Davis - Englewood, New Jersey
Priscilla Olson - Framingham, Massachusetts
Robert M. and Carolyn G.Smith - Massena, New York
Thomas Wilson - South Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Mike Lessie - Douglassvile, Pennsylvania
Carolyn Fox - Midland, Michigan
Eliot Kieval - New York, New York
Joe Schrader - Melba ACT, Australia
Paul Noack - West Bloomfield, Michigan
Ed Stejskal - Raleigh, North Carolina
Dick Plotz - Providence, Rhode Island
Debbie Carter - Auburn, New York
William Lane - Falmouth, Massachusetts
Arthur Schless - Unionville, Pennsylvania
Carol Marsh - Greensboro, North Carolina
Charlene Coates - Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Dwight Freund - Sacramento, California
Stan Francuz - Forster NSW, Australia
Mark Manasse - San Francisco, California
Donald Scott - Heeney, Colorado
Elaine Cullinan - Valencia, Pennsylvania
Geoff Bailey - Sydney, Australia
Steve Tice - Great Falls, Virginia
Kris Green - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Judy Adamski - Jenison, Michigan
Robert Leavitt - Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Marilyn Castle -
Rebecca Jordan - Arlington, Massachusetts
Patrick Phillips - Bainbridge Island, Washington
Claire Trazenfeld - Crownsville, Maryland
Matt Field - Nassau, New York
Stephen Ness - San Francisco, California
Wayne Scott - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
S. Venkatraghavan - Mumbai, India
Judith Bagai - Portland, Oregon
Dan Milton - Vienna, Virginia
Kiki Neely - Waban, Massachusetts
Mike Geselowitz - Cedarhurst, New York
Mary Lyndal Nyberg - Manhattan, Kansas
Norman Crawford - Ocean Pines, Maryland
Max Good - Chicago, Illinois
Becky Swann - Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Ed Mehling - Phoenix, Arizona
Jonathan Belsky - St Louis, Missouri


Alphabetically
Judy Adamski - Jenison, Michigan
Judith Bagai - Portland, Oregon
Geoff Bailey - Sydney, Australia
Jonathan Belsky - St Louis, Missouri
Debbie Carter - Auburn, New York
Marilyn Castle -
Charlene Coates - Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Norman Crawford - Ocean Pines, Maryland
Elaine Cullinan - Valencia, Pennsylvania
Jon Delfin - New York, New York
Norman Davis - Englewood, New Jersey
David Durfee - Petersburgh, New York
Ed Enstrom - Pearl River, New York
Matt Field - Nassau, New York
Carolyn Fox - Midland, Michigan
Stan Francuz - Forster NSW, Australia
Dwight Freund - Sacramento, California
Mike Geselowitz - Cedarhurst, New York
Max Good - Chicago, Illinois
Tony Greanias - Saginaw, Michigan
Kris Green - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Rebecca Jordan - Arlington, Massachusetts
Eliot Kieval - New York, New York
Stan Kurzban - Chappaqua, New York
William Lane - Falmouth, Massachusetts
Robert Leavitt - Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Mike Lessie - Douglassvile, Pennsylvania
Mark Manasse - San Francisco, California
Carol Marsh - Greensboro, North Carolina
Ed Mehling - Phoenix, Arizona
Dan Milton - Vienna, Virginia
Kiki Neely - Waban, Massachusetts
Stephen Ness - San Francisco, California
Mary Lyndal Nyberg - Manhattan, Kansas
Priscilla Olson - Framingham, Massachusetts
Paul Noack - West Bloomfield, Michigan
Patrick Phillips - Bainbridge Island, Washington
Roger Phillips - London, United Kingdom
Dick Plotz - Providence, Rhode Island
Carolyn Roosevelt - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Arthur Schless - Unionville, Pennsylvania
Donald Scott - Heeney, Colorado
Joe Schrader - Melba ACT, Australia
Wayne Scott - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Robert M. and Carolyn G.Smith - Massena, New York
Ed Stejskal - Raleigh, North Carolina
Becky Swann - Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Steve Tice - Great Falls, Virginia
Claire Trazenfeld - Crownsville, Maryland
S. Venkatraghavan - Mumbai, India
Thomas Wilson - South Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Elaine Woontner - Marion, Indiana