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Puzzle #160 September 2014  "Pianoforte"

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 raised h a hyphenated word.


Across

  1. (Small group acquires navy transport) (6)
  2. Satellite's ring is beginning to radiate in the early part of the day (4)
  3. (Calm position about Austria) (7)
  4. Deny Ben wrongly penetrates a barrier (8)
  5. Island has a tax (5)
  6. (Carter, converted, holds out for God) (7)
  7. [Name of milk supplier is ultimately Hoot Gibson, perhaps] (6)
  8. (Part of Eddy Arnold's story) (4)
  9. Air conditioned unit has energy for one (4)
  10. Dress is part of love story (4)
  11. *(Note: son returned as King of Crete) (5)
  12. Cried anew for fruit juice (5)
  13. Best eastern drink (4)
  14. Starting to read hurt business (5)
  15. Enlarge a lot (4)
  16. *(Idiot embracing town salt maker) (6)
  17. District includes new theater (5)
  18. [Deceive with bad bluff holding ace and zilch] (7)
  19. Eric enjoys eating cereal grains (4)
  20. Pain of love repelled (4)
  21. Picasso's mother gets rid of dead horse (4)
  22. Core of undervalued Gaelic poetry (5)
  23. Doctor Gibbon, perhaps, in cloth covering (5)
  24. (Get ready to fly, starting from shelf) (6)
  25. (German ace's métier is flying) (7)

Down

  1. (Underground hollow in state inside China) (6)
  2. (Concept of Mideast) (4)
  3. Tell about Ocean City move (8)
  4. Travel around end to get from a source (6)
  5. Uninitiated deviant upset indigene (6)
  6. Withdraw improper decree (6)
  7. [Hat or head of plug being removed] (6)
  8. Green, clumsy youth initiated activity (6)
  9. h(Celebrity-laden Sally's heart's with sailor) (7)
  10. Having the means to hold disorder back and put things together (8)
  11. (Hoyden polished my boot) (6)
  12. (Little monkey grabbing fruit) (5)
  13. Effeminate behavior of topless rascal (4)
  14. Inspired rumors about returning to kill (6)
  15. East Ireland turned strange (5)
  16. [Foreign confusion about Finland's first contribution] (8)
  17. (Woman one embraces at another time) (4)
  18. (Shock at rum being drunk before one) (6)
  19. Shellfish spawn ejected (4)
  20. To run and to finish last would be wrong (4)
  21. Papa replaces back of tag for coat part (5)
  22. Incorrect count includes a tropical bird (6)
  23. (Command of color derivatives) (5)