You are here: Home> Archives> March [2006]  Click here to print this page  print icon

Solution to Puzzle #58 - March 2006 "A Void"*

The letter E must be omitted from all words that contain it (as indicated by parentheses in the list below) - 24 from across words and 18 from down words for a total of 42.

Across

  1. UN(E)ASY
  2. CAPITOL
  3. TRACK
  4. (E)LAPS(E)
  5. MUSCL(E)
  6. HOPP(E)R
  7. HALT(E)R
  8. TAV(E)RN
  9. FATAL
  10. DU(E)S
  11. R(E)GAL(E)
  12. MOT(E)L
  13. INTRIGU(E)
  14. M(E)DIAT(E)
  15. DIAL(E)R
  16. NORM
  17. ROUS(E)
  18. T(E)LA
  19. GROP(E)
  20. WRACK
  21. (E)ST(EE)M
  22. SP(E)LL
  23. BILAT(E)RAL
  24. SAFARI
  25. NOV(E)LTY

Down

  1. ULULAT(E)
  2. IMPLANT
  3. ST(E)LLAR
  4. W(E)LFAR(E)
  5. CR(E)DITOR
  6. BASALT
  7. UNDU(E)
  8. AIRY
  9. CHASTIS(E)
  10. CLICK
  11. OV(E)RRAT(E)
  12. KANA
  13. L(E)P(E)R
  14. GILL
  15. (E)STOP
  16. APN(E)A
  17. GR(E)AT(E)R
  18. VIP(E)R
  19. FLUNG
  20. MALT
  21. SHAM(E)
  22. MORS(E)L
  23. TOMATO
  24. DROPSY

Kevin Wald solved the puzzle in 55 minutes.

* The title for the puzzle is borrowed from Gilbert Adair's translation of Georges Perec's La Disparition. According to Danny Yee, "A Void (La Disparition) is a lipogram in which the letter e does not appear. In English this deprives one of an essential article ('the') and about two thirds of the words in the language; in French it is even worse, leaving one with about an eighth of the lexicon." (For more on the subject, see http://dannyreviews.com/h/A_Void.html).

Chronologically (March)
Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
Lewis Gee – Poway, CA
Judy Adamski – Jenison, MI
Kris Green – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Max Goodman – Chicago, IL
David Durfee – Petersburgh, NY
Carolyn G. & Robert M. Smith – Massena, NY
Carolyn Roosevelt – Cambridge, MA
Priscilla Olson – Framingham, MA
Stan Kurzban – Chappaqua, NY
John Gliessman – Seattle, WA
Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
Eliot Kieval – NewYork, NY
Tony Greanias – Saginaw, MI
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Stan Francuz – Forster NSW, Australia
Edward Stejskal – Raleigh, NC
Joe Rogers – Old Greenwich, CT
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Arthur Schless – Unionville, PA
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Michael N. Geselowitz – Cedarhurst, NY
Roy McLeese – Washington, DC
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Dwight Freund – Sacramento, CA
Ed Wallerstein – Prairie Village, KS
Jonathan Belsky – St Louis, MO
Charlene Coates – Coatesville, PA
Paul Noack – West Bloomfield, MI
Claire Trazenfeld – Crownsville, MD
Patrick D. Phillips – Bainbridge Island, WA
Jay Winter – Farmington Hills, MI

Alphabetically
Judy Adamski – Jenison, MI
Jonathan Belsky – St Louis, MO
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
Charlene Coates – Coatesville, PA
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
David Durfee – Petersburgh, NY
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Stan Francuz – Forster NSW, Australia
Dwight Freund – Sacramento, CA
Lewis Gee – Poway, CA
Michael N. Geselowitz – Cedarhurst, NY
Max Goodman – Chicago, IL
John Gliessman – Seattle, WA
Tony Greanias – Saginaw, MI
Kris Green – Toronto, Ontario, Canadaß
Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
Eliot Kieval – NewYork, NY
Stan Kurzban – Chappaqua, NY
Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
Roy McLeese – Washington, DC
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Paul Noack – West Bloomfield, MI
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Priscilla Olson – Framingham, MA
Patrick D. Phillips – Bainbridge Island, WA
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Joe Rogers – Old Greenwich, CT
Carolyn Roosevelt – Cambridge, MA
Arthur Schless – Unionville, PA
Carolyn G. & Robert M. Smith – Massena, NY
Edward Stejskal – Raleigh, NC
Claire Trazenfeld – Crownsville, MD
Ed Wallerstein – Prairie Village, KS
Jay Winter – Farmington Hills, MI