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Puzzle #136 September 2012  "Face Card"


Across

  1. Yes, German up front cows thousands with unusually fine dive (9)
  2. Senator playing with energy and sound (8)
  3. One in dance gets a grip (6)
  4. Humanoid holding grinding stone (4)
  5. Laborious book about eroded soil (8)
  6. Ivan excitedly grabbing blade (4)
  7. Pony's endless loyalty (4)
  8. Had a life of power experiences (4)
  9. Crowd in front of ship (5)
  10. How Henry has won at the time (4)
  11. The French in plot fork over a lot of money (5)
  12. Rich Jake foiled a thief (8)
  13. Mate gives up penny for pickle (5)
  14. Tell one referee to let in solo player (5)
  15. Leftover end of meat in cesspool (5)
  16. Source of nut mixture (5)
  17. *Precedent restrains former prime minister (4)
  18. Damned bishop went on forever (7)
  19. A moral failing involving love, say (5)
  20. Wife has left Disney change (5)
  21. Student doesn't start to become a bread winner (6)
  22. New York embraces eccentric simpleton (5)
  23. Need judge in rear for card game (9)

Down

  1. Mischievous child just started on a mess of pancakes (10)
  2. Prepare 1000-2000 lbs seafood (8)
  3. Free unfurled part of sail that's tied down (4)
  4. No ale brewed without accompaniment (5)
  5. Got ready to drive a Kennedy around end (4)
  6. Missing son is in class (4)
  7. Poet overturned terrain's first piece of sod (5)
  8. Cried out in shed (7)
  9. Pretty good talent, but lacking skill, finally (4)
  10. Rogue vocalist has number for start of games (6)
  11. Wasp baked two jelly cakes before the end (6, 6)
  12. Bride's jumbled litter (6)
  13. Let her enjoy embracing yonder (5)
  14. Glen and Victor having beverage (4)
  15. Some farmers or small debtors (6)
  16. *Explorer girl is in bed or asleep (4)
  17. Seed money initially used to replace five out of seven (5)
  18. Gertrude's mug (5)
  19. Tailless celestial body next to red one that rapidly progresses (5)
  20. Recoil from bachelor with weight (6)
  21. King and knight welcome fool (5)
  22. Logger Juliet, wearing new amber, is in luck (10)