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Puzzle #146 July 2013  "Skyscraper"

Instructions: Parentheses around a clue mean that a letter must be omitted from the answer before it will fit in the grid. Numbers in parentheses indicate lengths of answers, an asterisk * indicates a capitalized word, a hash mark # an archaic word.


Across

  1. (Grant Charlie one time delay to start first of exams) (7)
  2. Use a tart mixture for fill (8)
  3. *College cost about, net, two thousand pounds (9)
  4. First explosive Eastern conflict (6)
  5. Home game includes last of series (5)
  6. Tender teacher with iron rod (7)
  7. Angry about carbon count (5)
  8. In change, replace large with small flower (5)
  9. (Knight in chapel botched a gymnastics pose) (7)
  10. Start to smash and pound wheat (5)
  11. When wife is absent, stupid answer is more reasonable (5)
  12. Baker holding rare quartz (5)
  13. Improve bad service after letting head of company go (6)
  14. *A Marx Winfrey comeback (5)
  15. (Earl, in the process of performing, ingested a chemical) (7)
  16. Henry, expelled from school, gets shaft (5)
  17. Catholic Primate's cloak (4)
  18. (Created incomplete and angry) (3)
  19. A little bit of rust in generator (5)
  20. Run in preliminary race with courage (5)
  21. *Study game in river (5)
  22. (Priest moves with energy in break) (7)

Down

  1. (False report of clown swallowing sodium) (6)
  2. Certain Native Americans had, ultimately, a belief system (5)
  3. (Bed set centrally in shelter) (4)
  4. See about pastor's first church talk (6)
  5. Make up a sound (5)
  6. Teddy has tossed rubbish (5)
  7. (Californiacounty environmental leader found in the sea) (6)
  8. Put a shilling in right and thrive (7)
  9. (Stranger has made a sound) (4)
  10. A constant mover, the German is about to split (7)
  11. Sort of stick with Kelly character (4)
  12. Mystery entry (6, 5)
  13. Speak derisively of René's reformation (5)
  14. Earth scattered around a cup or tube (7)
  15. Body beginning to rot in thicket (6)
  16. (Race riots causing concern) (4)
  17. StopNYbaseball team's return (4)
  18. Work very hard to preserve about fifty (5)
  19. *One in variegated taupe is a Native American (6)
  20. (Small box and cracked stein in vehicle) (8)
  21. Bird got Ron aroused (6)
  22. Excellent condition of property (6)