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Puzzle #154 March 2014  "Straight"

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, and an asterisk * indicates a capitalized word.


Across

  1. Fidel talking about a letter (5)
  2. Hub of recent reorganization (6)
  3. To be late is initially taxing (5)
  4. Pleased about facility (4)
  5. A sailor going back for a set of maps (5)
  6. Monarch loses great grandfather, maybe (3)
  7. Seed of resistance set in stone (4)
  8. Mary Jane and male member of parliament (4)
  9. Stain knits with a colored liquid (3)
  10. Damage or mar protective covering (5)
  11. Drink and fall, having gotten one for nothing (6)
  12. Odd quote: "something worn on the head" (5)
  13. Inside of pelt has label for coat (6)
  14. Remove English instrument (5)
  15. Leave, having walked back around end of dam (6)
  16. Back edge making mark on screen (4)
  17. Herb's mature (4)
  18. *Carol isAlice's middle name (4)
  19. Sign, fold, and strike (4)
  20. Rule of regular army judge (3)
  21. Admit current kicker now has large advantage (11)
  22. Understood part of obscure address (4)
  23. Choice western brew (4)
  24. Actively oppose sister's flying (6)
  25. Resentment about love for messenger (5)

Down

  1. (Used up and taken out without pressure) (8)
  2. (Intense heat of hard organ) (5)
  3. Look at Maxine flirting with Earl (7)
  4. Challenge of morning agenda (4)
  5. Back talk about southern speech defect (4)
  6. Peter has to get a top grade for speed (4)
  7. Prank started initially in plane (4)
  8. Runner beginning to pop and hop (4)
  9. Disease seen inIowaafter false alarm (7)
  10. (Child, in delight, made new sound) (6)
  11. Comic enterprise captivates Mickey et al. (4)
  12. (Sound observed in clip from movie) (5)
  13. Seaweed and head of lettuce substituted for last of kale in hold (4)
  14. Takes off to glide (5)
  15. An entrance in marble (5)
  16. (Prohibition covers rare husks of grain) (4)
  17. Thick part of wooden seat (5)
  18. A list of names in part called aloud (4)
  19. (Reveals howNeptune's brought into view) (5)
  20. Meter maid has period (4)
  21. (As hasIllinoisbird) (5)
  22. Women hail swell (4)
  23. (Sum of money order held by mother's sister) (6)
  24. Lack of color red in room is dull ultimately (6)
  25. There's dancing between 2 and 4 (5)
  26. (Fast, small, well guarded running back gaining yards) (6)