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Puzzle #170 July 2015  "Taste Test"

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. Holy one eats very little candy (5)
  2. (Human head of party in doorway is male) (6)
  3. *(Island that I unhappily inhabited at first) (6)
  4. Long part of rough operation (4)
  5. Rear end is turned in retaliation (4)
  6. Recluse left city going west  (5)
  7. Supple sow has one (6)
  8. Incorrectly recite a sequence of three (6)
  9. Ann's expression of worry and peeve (5)
  10. (Lots of hemorrhoids) (5)
  11. *Song has a name (5)
  12. Loose small talk (4)
  13. Taste of uracil revolted prayer leader (5)
  14. *Right where Latin king could be a cubist (5)
  15. *(Prophet eats last of bread in feast) (5)
  16. Dotty is inane and stupid (7)
  17. Heart of British bird dog (5)
  18. Reality of function and performance (4)
  19. (Essay about bachelor of a group) (6)
  20. Round, tall tale about Victor's fruit tree (5)
  21. Matter essentially altered in mammilla (4)
  22. (Hill's rear end) (5)
  23. After backing up, restore device to control sparking (5)
  24. (Result of redesigned drop cut) (7)
  25. Acid scrub lacking carbon (4)

Down

  1. Saline component of basal tyramines (5)
  2. Louise started to bury cottonseed fiber (6)
  3. Drollery about large flag (4)
  4. Cheapskate Jack's last in jetty (5)
  5. (A quiet, small, empty building projection) (4)
  6. Work fee includes one for labor leader (4)
  7. Lesser Peru bird (5)
  8. (Polish and French queen surrounding friar) (6)
  9. *(Freud or Adler would have embraced an email service) (6)
  10. Disturbs and robs the insane (7)
  11. Get 1000 in exchange for 500 ground oats, perhaps (4)
  12. In hearsay, there's no rot initially but the beginning of terrible swelling (5)
  13. Plan about moon vehicle (7)
  14. (Reddish-brown and fuzzy!) (7)
  15. Faced about everything with a hammer (6)
  16. (Pass on or scratch early) (5)
  17. Maverick fog envelops Finland (6)
  18. Saint wearing glossy fabric (5)
  19. Solo vocal in variation (4)
  20. Slavic nymph holding love instrument (5)
  21. (Proclaim new name held by expert) (8)
  22. (Insurgent fouled out, in sum) (8)
  23. Distasteful, nasty tribute excludes uncle (6)