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Solution to Guest Puzzle "To Be or Not To Be" by Arthur Schless

The omitted letters (shown in parentheses in the list below) spell
PRESIDENT

Across

  1. CLINTON
  2. RISE
  3. ROMNEY
  4. (P)ENNINE
  5. MU(R)INE
  6. QUESADILLA
  7. DUNS
  8. OMIT
  9. ULES
  10. IRA
  11. METES
  12. WHITE
  13. RERAT(E)D
  14. HOUSE
  15. CRIB
  16. REEKS
  17. BLOT
  18. CLOS
  19. RU(S)S
  20. INDIA
  21. ETIC
  22. MCCAIN
  23. NO(I)L
  24. GATE
  25. OBAMA

Down

  1. CREDITABLE
  2. (D)OLOMITE
  3. TROT
  4. LIMULUS
  5. DESIGN
  6. NILL
  7. WHER(E)
  8. CATENAE
  9. HOKUM
  10. TOYED
  11. SI(N)US
  12. SCENE
  13. QUITS
  14. BICORN
  15. UNREEL
  16. NAB
  17. (T)INES
  18. ARCO
  19. DIAS
  20. ISOMER
  21. TINMEN
  22. AMERICANA


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

1. Dwight Freund – Sacramento, CA
2. Judy Adamski – Jenison, MI
3. Lewis Gee – Poway, CA
4. Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
5. Dina Fertig – Cherry Hill, NJ
6. John Gliessman – Seattle, WA
7. Douglas Kaiser – Deep Gap, NC
8. Henry Cook – Chicago, IL
9. Jim Christenson – Port Townsend, WA
10. Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA

Barry Brandes – Purdys, NY
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
Stan Francuz – Forster NSW, Australia
Max Goodman – Chicago, IL
Tony Greanias – Saginaw, MI
Gerald Hurtubise – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dave Kaplan – New York, NY
Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
Jim McNally – Shortsville, NY
Thomas Miller – Hollywood, CA
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Kiki Neely – Waban, MA
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Priscilla Olson – Framingham, MA
Bob Petitto – Carol Stream, IL
Carolyn Roosevelt – Cambridge, MA
Mordy Rosen – Berkeley, CA
Edward Stejskal – Raleigh, NC