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Solution to Puzzle #128 - January 2012 "The Strait"

The omitted letters (in parentheses in the list below) spell
ONGUIAAHRA

 

Across

  1. LAKE ONTARIO
  2. SN(O)OZE
  3. RADAR
  4. ADVE(N)T
  5. OLLA
  6. LARD
  7. VEIL
  8. SKEET
  9. TRAVERSE
  10. HEAVE
  11. EDGAR
  12. DICER
  13. STAR
  14. SARGENT
  15. (G)ASTON
  16. SPIKED
  17. C(U)PBOARD
  18. TENOR
  19. GUARD
  20. L(I)BRA
  21. LAKE ERIE

Down

  1. LOOKER
  2. SOD
  3. AZ(A)LEA
  4. STALK
  5. ELEV(A)TOR
  6. BERATE
  7. ANDRO
  8. (H)ALTER
  9. STANDARD
  10. SPELT
  11. NIAGARA↑
  12. AARDVARK
  13. OKRA
  14. VERGER
  15. EIDER
  16. D(R)EDGE
  17. OVIS
  18. INCUR
  19. SELECT
  20. PAINT
  21. SHEA
  22. B(A)RE

Kevin Wald solved the puzzle in 35 minutes.

Explanatory note: The Niagara River flows north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, which is why it appears upside down in the diagram above. The name "Niagara" is said to originate from an Iroquois word "Onguiaahra" meaning "The Strait," according to http://citynoise.org/article/7710/by/elicar.

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