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Puzzle #174 November 2015  "Lagerstätte"

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. (Bend rail around bar for balance) (5)
  2. *(MacArthur, for one, blowing loud gas) (7)
  3. He will leave machine running like crazy (5)
  4. (Extra trash? Remove it) (8)
  5. Boat set to go around noon (4)
  6. (User gets to keep cloth) (5)
  7. Leaders of group embracing a hopeless case (5)
  8. Low pervert took a leak (4)
  9. *Actor Sharif can be seen in Cromarty (4)
  10. Ready to kick about Republican being cornered (5)
  11. Don't start sailboat circuit (4)
  12. *(King's real insanity) (4)
  13. Mystery entry (6, 5)
  14. (Skiff's reach around morning) (6)
  15. (Thinly sliced with last of pith removed and preserved) (5)
  16. (Retired one, in person, playing with Earl) (9)
  17. Gore with weapon causes fright (5)
  18. (Milliner's broken heart keeps true) (6)
  19. Catch a bit of sleep: forty winks (4)
  20. *Artist Revere, running, covers miles (7)
  21. Frontiersmen having a row (4)
  22. (Advise a senior about facility) (4)
  23. Fire Frank and Capp (6)
  24. (Bird the French claim) (5)

Down

  1. (A frog, say, has latter part of male primate beginning to rumble) (6)
  2. (Display of nut food) (7)
  3. About to get uranium to harden (5)
  4. Neglect is the essence of comity (4)
  5. *(Ex Dolphin Dan playing in Roma) (6)
  6. Ruler put son in warehouse (6)
  7. A decent reformation made into law (7)
  8. Rational beginnings of some ancient native enterprises (4)
  9. (Partly mend or secure support) (7)
  10. Jacket left in Eritrea (5)
  11. (Distance over ME is recalculated) (6)
  12. Opposite of Peter's oral outburst (5)
  13. Single guy has energy to put on a show (5)
  14. Top male in space is replaced by female (4)
  15. (One inside house is kind of pale) (7)
  16. Pitcher in time changing paces (5)
  17. (Feel at ease having to give a lift) (5)
  18. Extract nitrogen from and devastate a giant geographical zone (5)
  19. *Little David embracing mythical queen (4)
  20. Papa, accompanied by rabbi, is beginning to manage a light bender (5)
  21. Decapitate polyp by mouth (4)
  22. (Shrub viper becoming aroused and tense) (6)
  23. (Married tenor humping teacher) (6)
  24. (District needs me badly) (7)