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Puzzle #171 August 2015  "Autodidact"

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 (9)
  2. Canoe foundering in pond (5)
  3. (Moving drama about one large butterfly) (7)
  4. Relative degree and type (4)
  5. Song or elegy played without end (4)
  6. (Fish or fly led Sam astray) (6)
  7. Collapse of demon vein (7)
  8. Undressed in cabaret (4)
  9. Memorandum about a syllabic unit (4)
  10. Ermine robe covering digger (5)
  11. (Form a new kind of orbiting space tie) (8)
  12. (Father holding head of hackney horse) (5)
  13. Long tormented, he ran about 1000 (6)
  14. Sound producer is going without one (4)
  15. (Act uncertainly to make changes after start of festivities) (6)
  16. Least active rising at first is less fresh (6)
  17. Parisian thug loses Henry fast (5)
  18. Bapu Jawaharlal embracing prayer ritual (4)
  19. *Three notes for a city in Texas (6)
  20. (Certain about tones, make a guess) (7)
  21. (If Dante turned truculent . . .) (7)
  22. *Mystery entry (9)

Down

  1. (Tennis team upset after losing a feeling) (9)
  2. *Writer's unusual candor (6)
  3. Ridicule brother's taking Charlie for nephew (4)
  4. Stinger rendered inactive (7)
  5. *(Runner Gordon cast sun god out of prairie) (5)
  6. Slight prod and a bit of needling (5)
  7. (Everyone in California gets a flower) (5)
  8. *Pianist Schnabel in departure (5)
  9. Assistant's bad idea (4)
  10. Last love game replayed (5)
  11. *Patna's first mate is initially judged immoral & malfeasant (3)
  12. (One fought with vines) (5)
  13. #Sail off with love for Sicilian island (5)
  14. *River of South America beginning at Rosario (4)
  15. (One in need becoming nasty and base) (7)
  16. Helen sulking about a light bender (4)
  17. Wild mare eats black resin (5)
  18. Greece gets a two-fold liturgical book (7)
  19. (Sign near broken trap) (5)
  20. Far Eastern travel (4)
  21. Wild card judge misinterpreted kore (5)
  22. Change of phase and form (5)
  23. Glib line about air conditioning (6)
  24. Champion of boy in distress (7)