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Puzzle #164 January 2015  "Like I Need a Hole in the Head"

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. (First timer's up in bed at ten getting banged) (9)
  2. Speak of being excitedly erect while embracing yours truly (6)
  3. (One Belgian in shipwreck is correct) (6)
  4. Nothing in bottom came up (5)
  5. "Not any," sister said (4)
  6. Propaganda about someone who isn't Christian(5)
  7. *Naked dancer jiving in French city (4)
  8. *Eddie Gordon's undercover name (5)
  9. (Say "evil" with love) (5)
  10. Matted fibers of duffel thread (4)
  11. Learn pathology of kidneys (5)
  12. *Mystery entry (7, 4)
  13. (Grab a bunch) (6)
  14. *Poet is part of London network (5)
  15. (Do free verse) (5)
  16. Sleep undressed in shelter (3)
  17. One is active and sound (5)
  18. King has gold for teacher (5)
  19. Strike head of pin to get light (4)
  20. *Private about woman's name (3)
  21. (Loses footing in wind-blown dust) (5)
  22. It comes from an afflicted nez, see! (6)
  23. Planet's path (4)
  24. (Cheater should initially gain fifty held by the German) (8)

Down

  1. Adherent clips shaped in die (8)
  2. (Story about bachelor's food and drink) (5)
  3. Write a chapter about coach (5)
  4. Palatine organ's value endlessly changing and adding up (5)
  5. Fine maneuvering in wager for gain (7)
  6. (Decapitated, pounded, and ingested) (5)
  7. Soup one consumes at the time of . . . (4)
  8. Surround with bare glow in moving scene (7)
  9. (Roll and turn led the wrong way) (7)
  10. The lady's quartet in Atherstone (4)
  11. All there is in this anesthetic (4)
  12. (Stronghold's foreign dialect) (7)
  13. *(Part of Egypt is in a renewal) (5)
  14. Party for every male heir (6)
  15. *Banner about one of the Brontë's (4)
  16. Epic's end for a pundit (4)
  17. Men go crazy for a maxim (5)
  18. Lizard and dog RNA interchanged (6)
  19. Bird in panic (3)
  20. *Hopelessly confining footballer (4)
  21. Running average without one error leads to waste (6)
  22. Magnitude of catch decreased by approximately 2.718 (4)
  23. (Studies cheer and comfort) (7)
  24. (Serious cut beginning to exude) (6)