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Puzzle #158 July 2014  "Hotspot"

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. (Hot sap rendered a kind of salt) (6)
  2. (Good tenant: one who cleans and tidies) (7)
  3. (Idle, wayward aunt goes after Teddy ) (6)
  4. Note very Irish gear (7)
  5. (Fish gave off an odor) (5)
  6. Claim of Mohave rancher (4)
  7. Exchange includes metal cracker (7)
  8. Margin of convergence (5)
  9. Vessel in burning cafe could be a hotspot (7)
  10. (Move away from bad decree) (6)
  11. *Mystery entry (5, 6)
  12. Dominion ruler imprisoning chief of police and head of embassy (6)
  13. (Loses nuts in sedimentary deposit) (5)
  14. (A sudden stream expelled with energy) (5)
  15. Bug in vehicle going back around Iran (5)
  16. Bird seen in Budapest or Krakow (5)
  17. Clunker returned by Earl for repair (6)
  18. One involved in illegal votes for governing council (6)
  19. *Erica to run around noon (4)
  20. (Remove fluid from partly wet appliance) (3)
  21. (Affirmation about lines and calls) (5)
  22. A gaseous cloud's unconscious state (4)
  23. (Réunion meat show) (6)

Down

  1. (Prevent Charlie's taking part in opening) (8)
  2. (Stripped lug in defective spoiler is dangerous) (8)
  3. (Tonto recalled getting wounded) (4)
  4. Generate energy in fish out of nothing (4)
  5. Endurance of flower organs (7)
  6. High-spirited aspect of expertise (4)
  7. Staff can start to exercise (4)
  8. Indigene is unsophisticated about time (6)
  9. Bump rudely jolts end (6)
  10. Randy, rich and so masculine, getting baptismal robe (7)
  11. (Carved head of giant bird) (6)
  12. *City of Denver on Amazon (6)
  13. (Back eliminating Sunday for worship) (6)
  14. (All about union having a spurious wing) (5)
  15. *Cleveland's great traveler (6)
  16. Confine around end of August (6)
  17. Noxious germ, for years inside of eye, will get out (6)
  18. The French ship is more limited (4)
  19. Opposed a bad serve (6)
  20. (Warship wreck restored around end of May) (9)
  21. (Tell about iron shirt for security) (6)
  22. (Dig holes, randomly, around five) (6)