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Puzzle #178 March 2016  "Entanglement"

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 (6)
  2. (Firm retailed about one) (5)
  3. (Ironed drapes and cover) (6)
  4. (Open or active gene cluster) (6)
  5. (Ways to attempt catching a weasel) (5)
  6. Learner is stunted in development (7)
  7. Bone break is up around end of rib (5)
  8. A trap set back at a remove (5)
  9. Moving out of limbo bursting with energy (6)
  10. (Rod, in an official position, is starting to decline) (4)
  11. (A bad year, but lively) (4)
  12. Trashed a cell containing fish (4)
  13. (Lava is flowing and fluid) (6)
  14. Before noon, finish and revise (5)
  15. Running time up for credit (6)
  16. (Clever Charlie and Mark, in silence, do a switcheroo) (4)
  17. *(Compiler Peter Mark cultivated ergot) (5)
  18. Defenseless, Henry leaves in one piece (7)
  19. Break out part of mixer up there (5)
  20. A bit of thyme and anise mixed in a drink (6)
  21. (Devotee of one in tailored caftan) (7)
  22. (White paste goes ill around top of skull) (5)
  23. *(Wicked behavior, not good for sailor) (6)
  24. *Mystery entry (8)

Down

  1. *Translate a Carib language (6)
  2. (Traveling aboard the French Enchanting) (8)
  3. (Bird with long English moniker) (5)
  4. (Guiana's exotic reptile) (6)
  5. Deep sea inhabitant (4)
  6. *Name retained in one's memory (4)
  7. (Papa put on more and filled out) (6)
  8. Trust a tailor to cover breast (4)
  9. Club membership's final total (6)
  10. Friend keeps up concerning growth stage (5)
  11. (Single entity not qualified without female) (4)
  12. Seen, heard, and quoted (5)
  13. *1977 hurricane was in part sanitary (5)
  14. #(Some at first disregard Roman title) (7)
  15. (Heathen reverts, clutching a cross) (8)
  16. (A gallery in Thessalonica) (5)
  17. Faulty armature, the last quarter missing, results in injury (6)
  18. Limit sign and color (5)
  19. Remember to enclose a Semitic letter (3)
  20. Manage to have selenium stiffened (6)
  21. (A metrical foot involving no speed) (7)
  22. Stop believer's embracing society (6)
  23. *(Youngster with a new kind of sandwich) (5)
  24. (Polish/French queen eating a bit of food) (6)