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Puzzle #155 April 2014  "Spaceman"

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. (Sure plan destroyed a weed) (8)
  2. Lesson about true person (6)
  3. Duration of intermezzo (4)
  4. Son setting rate and pattern of intervals (7)
  5. Make a box to hold a bit of everything (6)
  6. Dark brown bird goes around church (5)
  7. Let large facility start to deteriorate (6)
  8. Feel bad and run away (4)
  9. Sheep has Don worried for no reason (6)
  10. Rubber is left in space machine (4)
  11. *Mystery entry (11)
  12. Runaway red steer has gone berserk (8)
  13. Bird seen in Manitoba (3)
  14. Person arguing about sound system (5)
  15. Most solemn tombstone (7)
  16. (Hear a speaker about to make a harsh sound) (4)
  17. Cost of last of cheap grain (5)
  18. Waste a kopek to get a piece of meat (5)
  19. (In opening, Mike replaces Peter as extra) (4)
  20. Conservative to go in the middle (6)
  21. Burnt olive, a touch of teal, and lavender, for instance (6)
  22. Fey sarcasm (5)

Down

  1. (God! The end of our big black cat) (7)
  2. *Dumb girl misspelled road (4)
  3. Crude victor over Gaul cursed by rabbi (6)
  4. *(Dorene's got a Hebrew name) (4)
  5. Garment of Republican in brief drama (5)
  6. Covered city boy (4)
  7. Kiss a person with vigor (3)
  8. In opening, Mike replaces Henry as spy (4)
  9. First of girls in sex made rod deliver (6)
  10. *Partly interpolate the name of actress Negri (4)
  11. Unfortunately reared a bookworm (6)
  12. Youthful Rene gets rowdy after golf (5)
  13. Massachusettsboy's a stone worker (5)
  14. *George Richards's middle name (4)
  15. Evaluate shell (4)
  16. English men couple and hug (7)
  17. (Delay returning note with deep uncertainty) (6)
  18. Go with new fermenting agent (6)
  19. Range of city sounds (4)
  20. (Implement for king) (4)
  21. *No rest disabled a wise old man (6)
  22. Artist Dotty is cool about Russia's top tenor (8)
  23. Lure of ten polished rocks (6)
  24. In this author's account, nothing is ever initially a puzzle (7)