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Puzzle #186 November 2016  "Ballot Box"

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 a  an acronym.


Across

  1. *Mystery entry (7)
  2. (Mixed set in circle taking it easy) (7)
  3. (Creditor gets 50 in exchange for fixer's 1000) (6)
  4. Princess's flower's a calamity (8)
  5. (Prevent ruminants surrounding territory) (5)
  6. Repair roster incorrectly (6)
  7. Make sense of Peter's butt (5)
  8. *A refuge or seaport (4)
  9. A shape of no value (4)
  10. Lower vehicle left position (7)
  11. Odd detail: one missing letter (5)
  12. #Latin table of misspelled names (5)
  13. Rub around large knot (4)
  14. *A Guinness of pale cast (4)
  15. A fish turned to the sheltered side (4)
  16. (Unlikely eco-toy for a canine) (6)
  17. Fruit time (4)
  18. Observe moon appear (4)
  19. *(Mountains of natural scenery) (5)
  20. *Hat dad found in southern city (5)
  21. *Amish translated into a Russian name (5)
  22. Dame with land in the mideast (5)
  23. (Euphonious pair holding letter of credit) (6)
  24. *Mystery entry (6)

Down

  1. (Synthesize this one protein) (7)
  2. (He'd be a bad guillotine) (6)
  3. Launch into crude falsification (9)
  4. Add to letter: tell about goatfish (6)
  5. (Each night hide from Rudy) (5)
  6. Moth racer holds line (6)
  7. Black cover or lack of color (6)
  8. Child in slipper's a disgrace (7)
  9. Pat a tart's breast (4)
  10. Another derangement involving cattleman (6)
  11. (Put aside about fifty for balm) (5)
  12. Dame stretched out about dead (4)
  13. Note added, mark subtracted and taken on again (7)
  14. Short term weapon (5)
  15. Instrument improperly made beer cold (5)
  16. A character is to make amends (5)
  17. *Cleopatra's maid's dress turned around (4)
  18. a(Not a working international body) (4)
  19. A stroke Don put together (7)
  20. Misled about small land mass (4)
  21. *Island mass high in Italy (5)
  22. (Seated awkwardly but quiet) (6)
  23. (Son to wait or pass) (5)