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Puzzle #159 August 2014  "Cataract"

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, and a hash mark # an abbreviation. 


Across

  1. (VIP more motivated to get better) (7)
  2. Bird seen in Zagreb environment (5)
  3. Initially gray mire turning to blackish soot (5)
  4. (Start to beat, stir, and expose to heat) (5)
  5. Cruel, ugly, open sore (5)
  6. (Pass leads deceptively around top of divide) (6)
  7. (Southern suite or line) (6)
  8. *Beginning of the German river (4)
  9. Hotel's ancient storage space (4)
  10. Announced bigger kitchen implement (6)
  11. Currency of industrialization (4)
  12. Branch infused with oxygen has a fragrance (5)
  13. One Iranian embraces Persian leader in bar (6)
  14. Anna, loosely holding shirt and tie, started swimming (6)
  15. Body of minor prophet brought back (4)
  16. Best of trade features (6)
  17. Charlie's time in stir (4)
  18. Mend ends of old boa for Joan (4)
  19. Robe gets soaked in a wall of water (4)
  20. Related to Lady Penny (4)
  21. More sound comes from flared nares (5)
  22. (A lout hurting women is criminal) (6)
  23. Men are unlikely to change identity (6)
  24. (Sly Yankees scored, erasing one error) (6)

Down

  1. #I made an offer for the same place, in brief (4)
  2. Challenge attorney with note (4)
  3. (Guys trapping wild rat and small carnivore) (6)
  4. Skin covering the French projectile (6)
  5. Animal's old range collapsed (6)
  6. Bar guests having quarrel (5)
  7. Bad dream's end . . . done . . . over (6)
  8. Swelling, Henry becomes tense in temperament (5)
  9. (Luxuriant color lacking force) (4)
  10. Read nonsense about town getting assessed (5)
  11. (For example, do not start to eat) (4)
  12. *Mystery entry (8, 5)
  13. (Meyer crumbling corundum) (5)
  14. Male in ship is a portrait painter (6)
  15. Dire peril (6)
  16. Unreliable data about population change (5)
  17. Respond to bad news in Argentina (6)
  18. Noise made by phantom heart in pouch (4)
  19. (Smallest meadow and street) (5)
  20. Break-out-and-run dog, perhaps (6)
  21. Bird ingesting innards of crab and fish (6)
  22. Pitcher Young eats a rabbit (5)