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Puzzle #167 April 2015  "Cetacea"

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 i an internally capitalized one.


Across

  1. *Mystery entry (9)
  2. Small, small monster turned angry (5)
  3. Arouse respect to some extent for employer (4)
  4. (Malicious and talkative when husband's not around) (5)
  5. Beginning to translate Gaelic, in brief (5)
  6. People at first had cold meat loaf (4)
  7. Throws around nine at first and stands out (6)
  8. (Lean, active, owning nothing, and single) (5)
  9. Left in preserve to work hard (5)
  10. Go up cedar's top branch (5)
  11. Look, shop has one for nothing (5)
  12. Contemporary alcove restored (6)
  13. (Henry's truck started to stall) (4)
  14. Prevent having a tie (4)
  15. Resolve to administer pills without carbon (7)
  16. (Madness about a bit of lined paper) (6)
  17. Bishop's letter letter (4)
  18. Likely to embrace a radical of another kind (5)
  19. Potter's first and last kiln is shown (6)
  20. Rescue five in turbulent sea (4)
  21. (A bit of time to take in a letter as a memorable marker) (8)
  22. (Wilted petal in dish) (5)
  23. *Mystery entry (10)

Down

  1. Reason Tom returned four empty (6)
  2. (In reality, working with liberal leader made Victor kind) (7)
  3. (Charlie in Tennessee, suffering, losing energy at the end, and growing old) (9)
  4. Bryophytes brought back in blossoms (4)
  5. Rod once chastised for informally gathering information (5)
  6. iReversed old opinion about music producer (4)
  7. Dotty lets us fight (6)
  8. Hit back and inflict damage (3)
  9. Sound senior is endlessly busy (5)
  10. Oliver has to exist (4)
  11. Body's initial weight prompted exuberance (6)
  12. Peter and Oscar concocted an ointment (6)
  13. Experienced otherworldly event involving sun god (7)
  14. (Bachelor's flexible and carefree) (6)
  15. Mark is failing at Eton (6)
  16. (One following fake faith healer)(6)
  17. (Silent diplomacy involving India) (5)
  18. (Property's ultimately unsuitable condition) (6)
  19. Appearance of warped space and time (6)
  20. Record of southern dead (5)
  21. Poor Teddy has part in bad play (6)
  22. Dwelling for women in lawless part of upper Manhattan (5)
  23. (Avila's uncertain advantage) (5)