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Puzzle #175 December 2015  "Carambole"

Hint Instructions: 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. (New England state has to get rid of cabinet) (6)
  2. *That horse carries a god (4)
  3. Feeling about a joint (6)
  4. *Strange Asian diarist's name (5)
  5. (End of cam in engine is rod turning part) (5)
  6. Poor one's wife comes out to heave (5)
  7. Head part of abdomen (4)
  8. Tissue's help covering cancerous node (7)
  9. List of fellows at university (4)
  10. Pound core of apple with polished steel (6)
  11. Lobe shaped part of tree (4)
  12. Server loses one degree of quality (5)
  13. Remove section of rail if twisted (4)
  14. (Monster revolted by true fungus) (5)
  15. Take hold of broken coral with end of tool (6)
  16. (A Native American eagle's nest) (5)
  17. Bird seen in crate, alive (4)
  18. (Lenin's soiled bedding) (5)
  19. Long, narrow place to take off (5)
  20. Shelled plover or goose egg (4)
  21. Listen to her holding note (4)
  22. Pleased to have comfort (4)
  23. Sing of crazy lawyer wasting years to get billions (6)
  24. (Malice at first and vicious greed combined) (6)
  25. Eats intemperately to get full (4)
  26. Fool held in classroom (3)
  27. Prophet embracing a land inspector (6)

Down

  1. Smart bird doesn't have to know (4)
  2. Beginning of ninth: pitcher is fresher (5)
  3. Animal left with priest (5)
  4. (Tie up large tree) (4)
  5. (Prisoner has got off easy at first) (7)
  6. Snuff is one's undoing (4)
  7. When powdered, ours is acidulous (4)
  8. Credit tobacco about the same (5)
  9. Rider Paul keeps a bit of snuff in back (7)
  10. Old one struggling to improvise (6)
  11. Prong has metal end (4)
  12. (Seize whiskey and all that's left) (5)
  13. Begin to get registered for new business (8)
  14. Specter in Hades being tortured (5)
  15. Either tossed one out or it's a triple (5)
  16. Wrong bottle initially recorded in ledger (7)
  17. *Like a dry tract Sarah managed and trimmed (7)
  18. Tanker or steamer without a head (5)
  19. A noble savage holding a shell (7)
  20. (Two-part fight announced) (4)
  21. Style of family den (5)
  22. (Informed of volume consumed) (8)
  23. Ring around treetop is part of corolla (5)
  24. (Nobleman holding the French parer) (5)