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Solution to Guest Puzzle – September 2009 "Heaven Help Us" by Arthur Schless

The first set of omitted letters (in parentheses in the list below) spells SATELLITES. The second set of omitted letters (also in parentheses, and in red) spells NURST, which anagrams to TURNS. Following the special instructions leads to the letters in red in the grid above, which spell ROUTINGPS.

Across

  1. DI(S)TINCTION
  2. CITE
  3. N(A)TION
  4. PEERED
  5. URDU
  6. BER(T)
  7. NERITIC
  8. TAROT
  9. →CA(N)T
  10. EELER
  11. ABETTED
  12. SIREN
  13. TRIUMPH
  14. ORR
  15. MET(E)OR
  16. TUAREG
  17. ALINE
  18. ETNA
  19. →GA(U)GE
  20. PALATE
  21. SEMI
  22. PELL-MEL(L)
  23. PRECIS

Down

  1. DIRECTIONAL
  2. (L)ITERATURE
  3. L(I)LTED
  4. ITEM
  5. →TEA(R)
  6. MINUTED
  7. PUTT
  8. ENTRIES
  9. →HAN(S)
  10. EL CID
  11. CLIO
  12. RASP
  13. TOUTER
  14. REG
  15. ERIN
  16. →BAR(T)ER
  17. GAME
  18. OPERAN(T)
  19. MAGIC
  20. NERO
  21. B(E)TEL
  22. EPICENTER
  23. (S)TIPES

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