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Help me find the missing words from my trashy thriller novel.

The words can be placed in order into a grid, with the same words appearing both horizontally and vertically.

For example, in this excerpt:

I first began to suspect I was adopted in school, when my teacher told me to **** my book at **** thirty-four and read aloud to the class about how a cuckoo will lay her **** in another bird's ****.

The answer would be:

open
page
eggs
nest

Now here's a harder one:

The meeting had gone badly. Maybe we had gone into business with the wrong people. ****** was long gone, but this country still had more than its fair share of problems. We would ****** in about twenty minutes, said my ******, a tall, well-dressed man who spoke remarkably good English. Soon, I would be at the coast. Hopefully I'd be able to relax there for a few hours, and take my mind off corporate matters. Maybe I'd even be able to do some ******.

My mind far away, I didn't suspect anything wrong when we left the ****** and turned down a side street. I was shaken from my reverie when we stopped abruptly, in a deserted alley. A gun was pointed at my head.

“We can find you anywhere,” he said. “Sign the contract tomorrow. Too much money is on the line for you to ruin this now. The ****** must go ahead.”

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The answer is

S A D D A M
A R R I V E
D R I V E R
D I V I N G
A V E N U E
M E R G E R

The meeting had gone badly. Maybe we had gone into business with the wrong people. SADDAM was long gone, but this country still had more than its fair share of problems. We would ARRIVE in about twenty minutes, said my DRIVER, a tall, well-dressed man who spoke remarkably good English. Soon, I would be at the coast. Hopefully I'd be able to relax there for a few hours, and take my mind off corporate matters. Maybe I'd even be able to do some DIVING.

My mind far away, I didn't suspect anything wrong when we left the AVENUE and turned down a side street. I was shaken from my reverie when we stopped abruptly, in a deserted alley. A gun was pointed at my head.

“We can find you anywhere,” he said. “Sign the contract tomorrow. Too much money is on the line for you to ruin this now. The MERGER must go ahead.”

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