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Solution to Guest Puzzle - July 2012 "Writer's Blocks" by Roger Wolff

Some Across and Down answers conflict in a square. In order to resolve this conflict, you are instructed to try DRAWING A BLANK. For example, FINANCE and CASTLE become FI_ANCE and CAST_E.

 

Across

     1 ASIMOV (wAS I MOVing)
     5 PLATTE (le(tt)ap*) [LATTE]
    10 CURATE (a cuter*) [CRATE]
    11 LAMBADA (lamb + a + DA) [LAMBDA]
    12 WEIRD (wired*)
    14 SAVOIR (sav(i)or)
    16 FACE IT (ie fact*) [FACET]
    18 ZEAL (laze*)
    19 DRAWING A BLANK
    20 REST (2 meanings)
    22 PASTRY (past + rye - e) [PASTY]
    24 THIRTY (thirsty - s)
    25 SEDAN (Danes*)
    26 FINANCE (fin + dance - d) [FIANCΙ],
    27 ROTUND (carROT UNDerground) [ROUND]
    28 BEGGAR (b(egg)ar)
    29 ENTRAP ((partner - r)<)

Down

     2 SMEARED (dream(e)s*) [SEARED]
     3 MARE (ma + re)
     4 VEST (ve(s)t)
     5 SLAUGHTER (real thugs*)   [LAUGHTER]
     6 LAVE (slave - s)
     7 AMOEBAS (same boa*)
     8 THREAT (t + heart*) [TREAT]
     9 CAULK (luck a*)
    13 DEICING (d(e + IC)ing) [DICING],
    15 BANDANA (ban + Dana) [BANANA]
    17 CASTLE (acts* + le) [CASTE]
    19 DRAFT (D + raft)
    21 ORCA (OR + CA)
    22 PYRE (unhapPY REcounting)
    23 SECT (insect - in) [SET]

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

  1. Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
  2. Brian McCrady – Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
  3. Mark Navarrete – Quezon City, the Philippines
  4. Charles J. Rohrmann, Jr. – Scarsdale, NY
  5. Thomas Wilson – South Williamsport, PA
  6. Eliot Kieval – NewYork, NY
  7. Dina Fertig – Cherry Hill, NJ
  8. Henry Cook – Chicago, IL
  9. Al Sanders – Fort Collins, CO
  10. Cathy Childs – Pompano Beach, FL

William Alcorn – Cleveland Heights, OH
Dale Ashworth – San Francisco, CA
Al Backiel – Ridgewood, NJ
Dorothy Juhlin Bank – Hillsborough, NC
Peggy Bedell – Northampton, MA
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
Jim Christenson – Port Townsend, WA
David Durfee – Bennington, VT
Joe Fendel – Berkeley, CA
Matthew Field – Hastings, England
Stan Francuz – Somewhere in Australia
Warren Fraser – Marmora, Ontario, Canada
Lewis Gee – Poway, CA
Michael N. Geselowitz – Cedarhurst, NY
Steve Gunter – Raleigh, NC
Craig Harman – Washington, DC
Jim Hartney – Martinez, CA
Ken Johnson – Springfield, MO
Wayne Jones – Worcester, NY
Al Kahn – Houston, TX
Dave Kaplan – New City, NY
Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
Richard Letourneau – Bonita Springs, FL
Bob Mattson – Smithtown, NY
Jackie Miller – Everett, MA
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Itai Pines – Portland, OR
Huw Powell – Lee, NH
Charlie Pritzlaff – Silver Spring, MD
David L. Ratner – Larkspur, CA
Arnold Reich – Bronxville, NY
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Jim Robins – Richmond, VA
Joe Rogers – Old Greenwich, CT
Mordy Rosen – Berkeley, CA
Arthur Schless – Unionville, PA
Joe Schrader – Hillsboro, OR
Wayne Scott – Jamaica Plain, MA
Dexter Senft – Bedford, NY
Callie and Bob Smith – Massena, NY
Ashutosh Sodhani – Indore, MP, India
Donald R. Spaulding – Los Altos, CA
Donald Stanley – Littleton, CO
John Stuelpnagel – Baltimore, MD
Steve Tice – Great Falls, VA
Claire Trazenfeld – Crownsville, MD
Stephen Throop – Grover, NC
Charlie Varon – San Francisco, CA
Ed Wallerstein – Prairie Village, KS
Laurel Wilson – New York, NY
Jay Winter – Farmington Hills, MI