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Puzzle #162 November 2014  "Bluesman"

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. (Allow Cookie to take Peter instead of Henry) (6)
  2. Get used to hurt after Jack leaves (5)
  3. Ump and Native American prove wrong (6)
  4. (Find out Rod's vice is having a wild spree) (8)
  5. (Journey starting to rattle eastern king) (4)
  6. Thrilled having Newton in group (4)
  7. Crazy about redhead in drawing (5)
  8. (Copy of odd item containing iodine and tantalum) (7)
  9. Hope someone's got money (4)
  10. Remove fish after taking head off (4)
  11. (Give an edge to lame phrase with added noun) (7)
  12. *Mystery entry (5, 6)
  13. (Undeviating, bird turned back around New England) (6)
  14. *British type moving along (5)
  15. *Lift at entrance bearing name of gallery (4)
  16. Slogan from dude about art (6)
  17. (Bandleader replaces daughter of academic administrator as head) (4)
  18. (May goes back for sweet potato) (3)
  19. Author is out of balance in attitude (4)
  20. Type of gun initially targeted as a supporting device (5)
  21. With fluorine instead of sulfur, damaged scepter is made flawless (7)
  22. (Totem blemished in part as a symbolic object) (6)
  23. *Combat system in which mortal is beheaded and dismembered (5)
  24. (Fish having quiet partouze) (5)

Down

  1. (One error of mad emperor's made friar act) (7)
  2. (Very big soldier insect) (5)
  3. Large newt went away (4)
  4. (In chaotic nature, energy is time playing hooky) (6)
  5. Copier cut off top of paper (4)
  6. (Ancient city in east generates fluid waste) (5)
  7. Believe me, Ed flipped (4)
  8. The best people start to enjoy lo-cal (5)
  9. Woman going up and down (5)
  10. Potter's filed an objection (7)
  11. *Army ravaged a town in ancient Greece (4)
  12. Many times in the past found hidden in rooftops (3)
  13. Image of a die being cast (4)
  14. *Sean was playing in Wales's second largest city (7)
  15. Partly seen in the national game's final round (5)
  16. Planter's stake (4)
  17. Outer layer of carbon corrosion (5)
  18. (Blubber about Earl's tour de force) (4)
  19. (Started grinding and stir-frying flour) (5)
  20. Egg on papa's pecker (4)
  21. Talk about the Spanish clergyman (7)
  22. (Love note is about always) (6)
  23. (Including Bolivar and the Québécois in dance is something to be dealt with) (7)
  24. Greece takes comfort in oil (6)
  25. (Band folded into pen for one who waits) (7)