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Puzzle #163 December 2014  "Bouquet"

Numbers in parentheses indicate lengths of answers. An asterisk * indicates a capitalized word and a hash mark # a foreign word.


Across

  1. Bouquet (7)
  2. Mark on small disk (6)
  3. Encourage dance and physical therapy (6)
  4. Author and alien get together (4)
  5. Decree attack must include head of army (4)
  6. Symbol etched around trunk (4)
  7. Our DNA has mutated backwards (6)
  8. Reduce tension in most of frame (4)
  9. It's turned red at first in agitation (4)
  10. *Start every day enjoying new garden (4)
  11. Fish breached armor covering head of eel (6)
  12. #Schiller covers that in Latin (4)
  13. Bouquet (4)
  14. Deal to capture energy (4)
  15. Wool spinning in Rome (6)
  16. Mark, Oscar, Rod, and Judas (7)
  17. Article I read about an opera house (4)
  18. Timeless wait gets Henry in distress (5)
  19. Small metal element beginning to yield (4)
  20. Straight part of telephone attachment (4)
  21. Gem arrived the first of October (5)
  22. Wardrobe mistress takes part in Padre's service (7)
  23. Bouquet (6-6)

Down

  1. Infamy of traveling to orient before your leader (9)
  2. Amount barely activated to produce an unstable lepton (4)
  3. Not many said the Spanish will get food (4)
  4. Bits of nothing in broken stem (5)
  5. Ned's lip gets bruised turning rod (7)
  6. #Part of mysterious river in Brazil (3)
  7. Commiserate about body fluids (4)
  8. River run for sambar, for instance (4)
  9. One doing badly is blue (6)
  10. The part of christening that comes after nine (3)
  11. Shame of devotion without a bit of empathy (4)
  12. Beat to a pulp (after cutting the top off) and extract the juice from (4)
  13. Loins of beef and heart of aurochs stored in building (5)
  14. Many men end up capturing foe (5)
  15. Lack of range in writing leads to affectation (4)
  16. Reported total is an unspecified number (4)
  17. Nuanced blues dancing includes tango (6)
  18. Story of this author's father, essentially (4)
  19. Take on a mess, struggling to keep up (6)
  20. *Philosopher's call for help about rattletrap (8)
  21. Shrub tapped initially as a source of nourishment (4)
  22. Sound coming from right propeller (4)
  23. Erratic nonsense about intransitive rules (8)
  24. Peter's angry in crib (6)