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Puzzle #166 March 2015  "Practitioners"

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 # a foreign word.


Across

  1. Mystery entry (6)
  2. (Display a Norway fish) (7)
  3. Third failed treaty separately involving India and Korea, essentially (8)
  4. Not many iron women (3)
  5. Mended shoe and stockings (4)
  6. (Midinette has to have a meal) (4)
  7. Whitish color needing a bit of red for lobby and drawing room (6)
  8. (Antelope of eastern country) (5)
  9. Nearly managed catching head of company in thievery (7)
  10. Flow of power smothering resistance (6)
  11. Father's flat note (5)
  12. Oddball beginning to change position (5)
  13. Peter's impulse to clean up (5)
  14. (Animal love in act I aborted) (5)
  15. Expensive part of trade arrangements (4)
  16. Made corrections involving stage setting (5)
  17. Wants nitrogen-free seed (5)
  18. Emil is translating a figure of speech (6)
  19. (Fish a lot) (5)
  20. Emissary's glee at deceiving (6)
  21. Soup I mixed with a bit of tartar sauce (6)
  22. (Disciplinarian is deficient in matter) (8)
  23. Mystery entry (6)

Down

  1. (Ken's awfully long week around beginning of December) (9)
  2. Roman hat worn in a race (8)
  3. (Tell of one in Crete gone astray) (6)
  4. They may get gold as a speculation (6)
  5. #English king in French school (5)
  6. Nanny's note at first sure confused (5)
  7. Siena's starting center making a goal (5)
  8. *Confined the Spanish stationery maker (6)
  9. (Get across St. Martin running) (8)
  10. *Help a Princess of Ethiopia (4)
  11. Fraternity has taken charge (4)
  12. Democratic symbol of Massachusetts (3)
  13. Former AK governor's heartless punishment (4)
  14. Badly need degree to be finished (5)
  15. Giant hornets having a spine (5)
  16. (Deposit of ore around Kenya revealed) (6)
  17. A posy when crushed becomes oily (5)
  18. Dad grabs mom's head in plain (5)
  19. Endless decline for city's bad neighborhood (4)
  20. China farmhand keeping at a distance (4)
  21. Penny's sure crazy for prize money (5)
  22. (Kind men ran wild) (6)
  23. Charlie has a daring new jacket (8)