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Puzzle #181 June 2016  "Naturalist"

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. (Mad, mad Lon is a nut) (6)
  3. (Dealer returned paintings by the German) (6)
  4. Collection, record book, or anything comparable (6)
  5. Palsied, emaciated, internally swelling (5)
  6. Plunder of sun god tree (6)
  7. Phosphorus ignited rye in a burning heap (4)
  8. Grimy soot coats rubber trunk (5)
  9. (Mysterious red eaglet might be consigned to another category) (9)
  10. Study in accordance with function (6)
  11. Mystery entry (3)
  12. #Clamoring about love in Madrid (4)
  13. Charm of a hybrid tiger's head (6)
  14. A track alert (5)
  15. Martinet carrying a pointed spike (4)
  16. *(Initially lighthearted atmosphere in a 1944 film noir) (5)
  17. (Turn around holding vise and crowbar) (5)
  18. Pleasant northern chill (4)
  19. *(The Aeta, for instance, get iron in fragments) (7)
  20. Son has broken frame (4)
  21. Late father embraces end of life (4)
  22. Taste and touch without pressure (6)
  23. *Mystery entry (8)

Down

  1. (Better woven material keeps earth out) (10)
  2. Saturday: bird seen in tavern (6)
  3. Thought of spirits in a spread (9)
  4. Turns right for thousands of dollars (4)
  5. Union inappropriately nixes serving both men and women (6)
  6. (Part of a loom or a place of worship) (6)
  7. (Extract fifty apiece) (5)
  8. Courageous author (5)
  9. (Left rib stretched and evened) (7)
  10. (Experience rough ground around east) (7)
  11. (Buried in grit and emery, one after the other) (6)
  12. Meander freely and endlessly lower (6)
  13. (A cesarean section) (4)
  14. Bawl out waving beater (6)
  15. (Informed of a war with England ) (5)
  16. *The explorer girl's 500 mouths (4)
  17. Street doesn't have one bar (3)
  18. *Country mail goes astray (4)
  19. Design a rabbi's flat (6)
  20. A bonnet that's all right in Peru (4)
  21. Little boy hiding in stadium (3)
  22. Come to an end of large, vaulted recess (5)
  23. Lover turned back before time to mutiny (6)