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Puzzle #176 January 2016  "Cousins"

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. Physical layer is inverted (6)
  3. Test without a bomb (7)
  4. Tasty bit of sesame seasoned ovary (6)
  5. Milliner's merchandise (4)
  6. Rod game (5)
  7. Settler dismantled frame (7)
  8. Musical instrument of endless beauty (4)
  9. (A timeless death: felled at the front) (5)
  10. (A woman's breast to Hero is exotic) (6)
  11. Wave's hollow part (4)
  12. Pay Earl to replace one leaving Friday after being fired (6)
  13. (Brought back prophet's body) (4)
  14. Runners kiss in flight (4)
  15. Tie up and beat Eli with pistol (6)
  16. (Style of salad is nice mixed with a bit of olive) (7)
  17. Fly around Lima powered by the sun (5)
  18. Discontinued facility in west Washington (6)
  19. Transformed tensor represents at first something that's very difficult (7)
  20. *Around the end of March a tram crushed the last passenger pigeon (6)
  21. *Mystery entry (11)

Down

  1. Bad boys die to break the law (7)
  2. A large person is unaccompanied (5)
  3. Sign doesn't include retired manufacturer (5)
  4. Look of lead beginning to emote (5)
  5. Center's new greeting at start of life (5)
  6. (Baseman, a remarkable being, will make an error) (5)
  7. Rearrange lair to suit (6)
  8. Chaney holding a temporary gift (4)
  9. Saracen servant holding a thurible (6)
  10. Sailor's ire worried primate (7)
  11. Mistress has to deal with male gonosome (4)
  12. Smell of topless Hellene (4)
  13. Mae shaken up after Charlie climaxed (4)
  14. Goodbye, Dale (4)
  15. #Goodbye from Spain, said Dotty with love (5)
  16. *Bar a mishap involving René d'Herblay (6)
  17. Stressed about having no beginning course (7)
  18. Seven in thirty might encompass a musical interval (5)
  19. (Before death, turbulent life will get put in order) (5)
  20. They will endlessly embrace an Anglo Saxon freeman (5)
  21. Prosimian's remains initially covered by polluted soil (5)
  22. *Female person taking in an old western (5)
  23. (Write graffiti on middle of wall with five sides) (10)