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Guest Puzzle September 2016  "Self Reflection" 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. An asterisk * indicates a capitalized word, a hash mark # a foreign word, and a raised V a variant spelling.


Across

  1. Mystery entry (4, 3, 1, 2)
  2. (Fat pair devoured dessert) (7)
  3. Most ampoules will contain postage (5)
  4. Bird dog beheaded (5)
  5. Milt and I coordinated to govern (5)
  6. Age of liberals (3)
  7. Reward first of the responders with brewed tea (5)
  8. Relax misdirected zeal (4)
  9. (Courageously concealing intense anger) (4)
  10. *Airline company train meets Gore (2, 2)
  11. New deal for a chemical element (4)
  12. Spiritual transgressor sheds sin originally (5)
  13. *(Animal situation has upset religion) (5)
  14. *Rodrigo rolled dice with beginner's luck (2, 3)
  15. Improperly expose heavenly body (4)
  16. (Ask about new tie) (4)
  17. Type of rhododendron that almost has a radiance (4)
  18. Inappropriate section for ads (7)
  19. I replace uncle in fog center (6)
  20. *English rage for Irish lingo (4)
  21. *(Frank diarist) (4)
  22. Try to please young chital (4)
  23. Have ice melted for gain (7)
  24. Negate illegal vote (4)
  25. Unusually errant 17th century dissident (6)

Down

  1. (Change a door front at apartment) (5)
  2. Laos sabotaged too (4)
  3. *Oval shaped for Norwegian King (4)
  4. "Snap," QB Drew shouted (6)
  5. Poet wasted 500 to buy into game (4)
  6. Arranging law-free relief (7)
  7. *Drug lamb I endangered internally (6)
  8. *A Red agent fired catcher Taylor (9)
  9. #Intelligence service will get no greeting (4)
  10. Chamberlain's flop (4)
  11. Glider flown by one who applies gold (6)
  12. Tracer explosion caused depression (6)
  13. Open Casey's package (6)
  14. Al Hess heated in quarrel (6)
  15. Imagine I removed confused puzzle (6)
  16. First A., for example (7)
  17. (Refuse loan in elder abuse) (7)
  18. Side of processed meat  (4)
  19. (Root vegetable delineated in Haftarot) (4)
  20. (Style manual's communication device) (5)
  21. VClever millionaire holds red pigment (10)
  22. (Put off injecting cervid with fluoride) (5)