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Guest Puzzle January 2016  "Good Vibes" by Arthur Schless

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. Mystery entry (6)
  2. In favor of a fertile renewal and increase (11)
  3. Strange urge to hold a tool (5)
  4. Quickest and safest alteration takes time (7)
  5. Rip me off first (5)
  6. Appear to observe manners initially (4)
  7. Painter has left out one satellite (5)
  8. A turd can cover one shittah tree, perhaps (6)
  9. (Very expensive actress gives up starting role) (5)
  10. Nepeta plant puts one out for a short sleep (6)
  11. Seven in thirty include a musical interval (5)
  12. A divided earth is very serious (5)
  13. Forceful, but of inferior strength when having children (6)
  14. Ecstatic about now (4)
  15. (Told off bonehead) (4)
  16. *(Native American stream with no end in sight) (4)
  17. Sound look of supporting structure (4)
  18. Even parts of stroke or kick (3)
  19. Dog returning with nothing is okay (4)
  20. Ezra's new level (4)
  21. (Fear never having merit) (4)
  22. (Head liberal will have to speak off-the-cuff) (2, 3)
  23. (Understanding Viagra's potential in part) (5)
  24. Mystery entry (10)

Down

  1. Cause of lacking vitality, including a cut that's infected (10)
  2. Agreeable rustic holds fifty (8)
  3. Amphibian is partly into a ditch (4)
  4. *Scottish Gaelic part of verses (4)
  5. *(Catherine's crazy teacher taking her out) (4)
  6. Deviate unlawfully having received a chemical product (8)
  7. (Smart river animal) (5)
  8. Barrier keeps author in cell (6)
  9. *(Handbook has English for a Spanish name) (6)
  10. A poem that's sung in modesty (3)
  11. Ernesto's sanctuary (4)
  12. Turned egg into metal (3)
  13. (Look inside prisoner's gut) (5)
  14. Long suffering people under doctor's care will be heard (8)
  15. Putrid mess includes start of stinking upset (7)
  16. Emergency room will have the anesthetic (5)
  17. I graph boy's development and life story (9)
  18. (Endlessly avoid young salmon) (4)
  19. Whole insides filled with fat (5)
  20. Chemical compound has carbon in place of boron, for instance (4)
  21. (Impedance by some is nuts) (4)
  22. *Amir scored La Douce, for one (4)
  23. Female player sports a child's lock (7)