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Puzzle #157 June 2014  "Precious Metal"

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. Central router repair involves one attendant (8)
  2. (Mean chores overwhelmed newscaster) (6)
  3. Repairman takes a circuitous course (7)
  4. (Calm land in location is empty) (5)
  5. Make sense of cut around monster's heart (5)
  6. State of slavery (4)
  7. Oddly crazy little island (3)
  8. Shock of insane comeback (4)
  9. Sea horse (4)
  10. Similarly, Eisenhower follows Smith (5)
  11. Nasty bites around center result in split (6)
  12. [Dude's mirth is killing] (12)
  13. *Moderator's muse (5)
  14. Dr. Silver's a bore (4)
  15. *Backing nature programs around a country (4)
  16. (Lifelessness of lava covering collapsed mine) (6)
  17. Compiled a table filled with facts and figures (4)
  18. Old canine is sick with onset of tumors (7)
  19. Narrative of depiction (4)
  20. (Small bird's hindquarters) (5)
  21. (Judged right date wrong) (5)
  22. *Mass media company has a look back
  23. Near end of visit in private chamber (5)
  24. Gradual change in Curie genealogy (5)

Down

  1. *Chanel is a merger of two companies (4)
  2. Rare machine turned up housing a recording device (6)
  3. Naughty Rose embracing Charlie and Mark (5)
  4. Wing-like part of salamander (3)
  5. Headless fish is the smallest of the lot (4)
  6. Rough stew of plum with essence of thyme (5)
  7. (Intended to get new money) (7)
  8. (Triangular piece of cloth is part of lining or edging) (4)
  9. Thomas Kretschmann's question (3)
  10. Gertrude's mug (5)
  11. Lead rodents around (4)
  12. Mutating let more error occur in chromosome end (8)
  13. [Disobedient one is not a burden when corrected] (13)
  14. Chuck reading the cover for trash (9)
  15. Beat children a lot (5)
  16. Heads rolled before day darkened (6)
  17. Large, wild area inhabited by five nymphs, perhaps (6)
  18. (Got a torn gown) (4)
  19. (Chief of police put to rest in level ground) (5)
  20. Understanding copper/tin alloy absorbing energy (10)
  21. (Concern about Democratic group) (5)
  22. Claret mixed with a bit of egg is sweet stuff (7)