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Solution to Puzzle #70 - March 2007 "Jigsaw Puzzle II"

Answers are shown on the left in the order in which they are clued and on the right in the order in which they appear in the grid.

Across

    ABOLISH
    AGENDA
    BETWEEN
    CATASTROPHE
    EIRE
    GOREY
    HATED
    LAST
    MALE
    PAPER
    PLACE
    PRESTIGE
    PRUDES
    SERENDIPITY
    SEXTAN
    SLAPDASH
    TEA
    TIARA
    TIRE
    URETHRA

Down

    BARES
    BEAD
    DANGER
    DIPHTHERIA
    ESCAPEE
    EXPIATE
    HIGHRISE
    OPEN
    ORE
    PARENTHETICAL
    RELATE
    SPARTAN
    SUMP
    TAPAS
    TESLA
    TOTES
    TRADES
    TRAGEDY
    UREA
    WILLY

Across

    PAPER
    URETHRA
    LAST
    MALE
    TIRE
    SLAPDASH
    SEXTAN
    BETWEEN
    PRUDES
    EIRE
    TIARA
    ABOLISH
    AGENDA
    PLACE
    TEA
    GOREY
    HATED
    SERENDIPITY
    PRESTIGE
    CATASTROPHE

Down

    PARENTHETICAL
    EXPIATE
    TAPAS
    TRAGEDY
    TESLA
    UREA
    SPARTAN
    DANGER
    SUMP
    BEAD
    ORE
    TRADES
    BARES
    RELATE
    OPEN
    TOTES
    WILLY
    DIPHTHERIA
    HIGHRISE
    ESCAPEE

Kevin Wald solved the puzzle in 55 minutes (see note below).

A NOTE on two of the clues, " Bloody illustrator" for GOREY and "Dire peril" for DANGER. Kevin and a number of other solvers questioned them. Here's how they parse:

BLOODY = BLOOD + Y = GORE + Y = GOREY (the illustrator Edward Gorey)

DIRE = D + IRE = D + ANGER = DANGER (peril)

Kevin wanted me to change them, or mark them in some way to alert solvers to the use of an unusual device, but I was stubborn and insisted on leaving them as they are. Kevin wrote:

<I did eventually realize how the D+IRE clue worked, though it took a while and I was helped by passing by the Rage Warehouse. If you're unfamiliar with the Rage Warehouse, by the way, on Mass Ave, near MIT, there is a building labeled, in large painted-on letters:

METROPOLITAN
STORAGE WAREHOUSE
FIRE PROOF.

From a certain vantage point the left side of this text is obscured, and one instead reads:

METROPOLITAN
RAGE WAREHOUSE
IRE PROOF

On more than one occasion I have commented: "Well, if you've got a rage warehouse, it darn well better be ire proof. Otherwise you're putting everybody in anger.">


Chronologically (March)
Dwight Freund – Sacramento, CA
Stan Kurzban – Chappaqua, NY
Carolyn G. & Robert M.Smith – Massena, NY
Roy McLeese – Washington, DC
Lewis Gee – Poway, CA
Henry Cook – Chicago, IL
Paul Roberge – Exeter, NH
Bob Petitto – Carol Stream, IL
Dina Fertig – Cherry Hill, NJ
Jim McNally – Shortsville, NY
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Douglas Kaiser – Deep Gap, NC
Edward Stejskal – Raleigh, NC
Norman W. Davis – Englewood, NJ
Stan Francuz – Forster NSW, Australia
Margaret Webster – Medford, MA
Brian Fletcher – Rochester, NY
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
Arthur Schless – Unionville, PA
Carolyn Roosevelt – Cambridge, MA
Dexter Senft – Bedford, NY
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Paul Gordon – Northbrook, IL
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
Tony Greanias – Saginaw, MI
Dave Kaplan – New York, NY
Edward Gee – Richmond, VA
Kris Green – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Charlene Coates – Coatesville, PA
Jay Winter – Farmington Hills, MI

Alphabetically
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
Charlene Coates – Coatesville, PA
Henry Cook – Chicago, IL
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
Norman W. Davis – Englewood, NJ
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Dina Fertig – Cherry Hill, NJ
Brian Fletcher – Rochester, NY
Stan Francuz – Forster NSW, Australia
Dwight Freund – Sacramento, CA
Edward Gee – Richmond, VA
Lewis Gee – Poway, CA
Paul Gordon – Northbrook, IL
Tony Greanias – Saginaw, MI
Kris Green – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Douglas Kaiser – Deep Gap, NC
Dave Kaplan – New York, NY
Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
Stan Kurzban – Chappaqua, NY
Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
Roy McLeese – Washington, DC
Jim McNally – Shortsville, NY
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Bob Petitto – Carol Stream, IL
Paul Roberge – Exeter, NH
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Carolyn Roosevelt – Cambridge, MA
Arthur Schless – Unionville, PA
Dexter Senft – Bedford, NY
Carolyn G. & Robert M.Smith – Massena, NY
Edward Stejskal – Raleigh, NC
Margaret Webster – Medford, MA
Jay Winter – Farmington Hills, MI