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Puzzle #172 September 2015  "Hubble"

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, a hash mark # a foreign word,  and a raised p a prefix.


Across

  1. Mystery entry (5)
  2. (Attempt to restrict feed contract) (6)
  3. Treachery's extent (5)
  4. Rest snugly in new framed steel (6)
  5. (Ill-fated, violent splash drowns echo) (7)
  6. (Utopian gives up 500 for juicer) (6)
  7. Ultimate shape (4)
  8. I will take Earl's place in course as winner (6)
  9. Most rye is ground after middle of harvest (4)
  10. Dancer fish carried by Paris rail line (6)
  11. Got a torn robe (4)
  12. (Peg's talk about an edible root) (7)
  13. Craftier twist of wire holding core of clip (6)
  14. Part of anecdote is not even in Latin (3)
  15. First empire collapsed after losing leader (5)
  16. Sheer fabric starts to shrink while in soapy suds (5)
  17. Tied after turning back the French soccer team, maybe (6)
  18. Mass inside circuit will generate light (4)
  19. (Ms. Sarkisian embraces German theologian in square) (7)
  20. *(Ripken and Player in Canadian city) (7)
  21. Enthusiastic diva headed west (4)
  22. (Sore feet treated with sulfur and essence of horseradish) (6)
  23. Mystery entry (9)

Down

  1. (Split tapes are trashed) (8)
  2. (Strike with sound) (5)
  3. Lack of movement is a characteristic of municipal systems (5)
  4. Neat page border (4)
  5. Pleasing quality of good competition (5)
  6. pEliot about managed to get across (5)
  7. Repair track around center (5)
  8. (Strict sire always has energy) (6)
  9. Endless scenery obscured in film (6)
  10. (Celine's strangely quiet) (7)
  11. Marshal terrifyingly carrying a rope for hanging (6)
  12. Charlie's talk, a short selection (4)
  13. Returning party gets lift (5)
  14. Has a tendency to eat stuff (4)
  15. Baking recipes must be exact (7)
  16. *(Men in riot disturbed island) (5)
  17. Women vied crazily to get married (5)
  18. (Child's troubled realm turned more peaceful) (6)
  19. Send payment in return for measuring device (5)
  20. Start of full reading in old court lobby (5)
  21. (Evil, once aroused, becomes physical force) (8)
  22. (Bottom part is damaged) (4)
  23. Support one list of candidates to make laws (9)