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Solution to Guest Puzzle September, 2011 "Mount Doom" by Dexter Senft

The hidden word reads vertically down the middle of the puzzle (shown in bold above):
SAURON

The omitted letters (in parentheses in the list below) spell
ONE RING

Sauron is the Lord of the Rings, in the classic fantasy novels of J.R.R. Tolkien. It was on Mount Doom that Lord Sauron forged the one ring that would rule the other 19 rings of the elves, dwarves, and mortals.

 

1.  BARONESS  
     MEL(O)NS

2.  MENACING
     MORON

3.  AGONIZE
     EMBLEM

4.  ACTIVATE
     CANTON

5.  U(N)MEMORABLE
     ABLEST

  6.    CONC(E)AL
         OCTAGONAL

  7.    MEMENTO
         REACH

  8.    E(R)RATIC
         TAMEST

  9.    CHEMIST
         HONEST

10.   ARBORETUM
        PERMUTE

11.   EROTIC
        CONTAINER

12.   PAINED
        PEACHES

13.   LABORATORY
        LA(I)TY

14.   SEMINAR
        DRAWER

15.   BRAINSTORM
        BALM

16.   CHASTITY                 CA(N)NERY

17.   GARDEN
        STATING

18.   FIRM
        LATITUDE

19.   ROTATION
        RIFLIN(G)

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

  1. Stan Francuz - Biggenden, Qld, Australia
  2. Rick Kasten - Alexandria, VA
  3. Catherine Childs - Pompano Beach, FL
  4. Arnold Reich - Bronxville, NY
  5. Judy Adamski - Jenison, MI
  6. Charles Rohrmann, Jr. - Scarsdale, NY
  7. Al Sanders - Fort Collins, CO
  8. Doug Kouril - Arlington, VA
  9. Robert Brown - Albuquerque, NM
  10. Stephen Throop - Grover, NC

William Alcorn - Cleveland Heights, OH
Al Backiel - Ridgewood, NJ
Eric Chipman - Boulder, CO
Jim Christenson - Port Townsend, WA
Henry Cook - Chicago, IL
Yossi Fendel - Berkeley, CA
Warren Fraser - Marmora, Ontario, Canada
Lew Gee - Poway, CA
Richard Harrison - Portland, OR
Wayne Jones - Worcester, NY
Eliot Kieval - New York, NY
Mike Lessie - Douglassville, PA
Bob Mattson - Smithtown, NY
Jackie Miller - Everett, MA
Daniel J. Milton - Vienna, VA
Mary Lyndal Nyberg - Manhattan, KS
Charlie Pritzlaff - Silver Spring, MD
Ned Robert - Los Gatos, CA
Joe Rogers - Old Greenwich, CT
Mordy Rosen - Berkeley, CA
Sheila Scott - Jamaica Plain, MA
Wayne Scott - Jamaica Plain, MA
Callie and Bob Smith - Massena, NY
Margaret Webster - Medford, MA
Tom Wilson - South Williamsport, PA
Jay Winter - Farmington Hills, MI