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Puzzle #179 April 2016  "Diarist"

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. (Bicycle team riding around North Dakota) (6)
  2. (Write a treatise about pap) (4)
  3. Timeless moment for cereal (4)
  4. *A town in KS cultivated lianas (6)
  5. Note tiny speck far away (6)
  6. *(Fivesome involved in filming a movie Ninja spy) (5)
  7. To deem ignoble and lower (6)
  8. Floppy front of airship must be removed (4)
  9. (Died late in distress, to be specific) (8)
  10. Voted to replace the last of old with new reproductive grains (6)
  11. Go around back for a look (4)
  12. *Mystery entry (6, 5)
  13. Wild pulse lacks energy as well (4)
  14. (Beg to begin play with heavy metal) (5)
  15. Wary realtor upset after loss of gold (5)
  16. End blocks agile Lester Smith (7)
  17. Separated, deseeded, ground, and set aside (5)
  18. (Rap about King Arthur's first coat) (5)
  19. Sort of bleary, but only just (6)
  20. End form in protein (7)
  21. (Massage ranked unsatisfactory without resistance) (5)
  22. (Trump legally covers up mess) (6)
  23. (Put one in bad spot) (5)

Down

  1. (Inadequately netted and covered) (6)
  2. (Corkscrew rails twisted around pipe) (6)
  3. Frame of comfort beginning to lull (5)
  4. Little friend's essay (6)
  5. A nasty goad keeps one slow (6)
  6. Thinker has time to get together (6)
  7. *Man turned back in ancient land (4)
  8. Desire depicted in illustration (4)
  9. Fruit and fat without end (4)
  10. Claim princess will have a child (3)
  11. Little person embracing pariah (5)
  12. Pat's darned quick to learn (3)
  13. John Cuevas has this point (4)
  14. Allium plants end back in sediment (5)
  15. Inflate making five into five hundred and heavy (6)
  16. Taste of pullet's head with wings (6)
  17. (Settler rebuilt framework) (7)
  18. (Remove batter included in bad diet) (5)
  19. (Leader of crumbling empire retired) (7)
  20. (Psychosis is a pain or a disorder) (8)
  21. (Powerless and upset, Ptolemy makes a mixture of clashing elements) (6)
  22. Bird left shelter (4)
  23. (Duck carrying egg in motorcycle) (7)
  24. (Satan's wicked present) (7)