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Puzzle #187 December 2016  "Nos Galan"

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. (Fine snow beginning to decline in force) (6)
  2. (Flaming fluorine in Yorkshire river) (5)
  3. *Hang around old dam (6)
  4. Car easily covering zone (4)
  5. Carrier and page around back (6)
  6. (Say! Time to turn back) (5)
  7. Wall or door confining ruler (4)
  8. Order in matrimony (4)
  9. *(Silent comedian talk show host makes comeback) (5)
  10. Visionary holds true as guide (5)
  11. Pitch of initially tight ocean ship (4)
  12. (Meeting by means of pager) (6)
  13. *Mystery entry (4, 3, 4)
  14. Call to break last glass (7)
  15. A toy at the acme (4)
  16. Mistakenly order about 100 for Mark (6)
  17. (Former beloved's child becomes five) (8)
  18. Strange urge to have zero cosmetic (5)
  19. *Name for a man out of balance (4)
  20. Call Prince and whine (5)
  21. (Gross offense has Rod in suspension) (7)
  22. (Dealer in common germicides) (6)
  23. (End of foul cheese thrown out for worms) (7)

Down

  1. (Stop Ted's whirling saw) (7)
  2. (Victorious blow includes Republican rump) (5)
  3. Driver is more upset about victory (5)
  4. (Update of route frees ailing husband) (7)
  5. *Partly modern flower (4)
  6. (Henry in vibrant city gets restless) (5)
  7. (Singer collapsed once or retired) (7)
  8. Frenzied morning, all right! (4)
  9. *Western settler: very unique individual (6)
  10. A big pause at sea (5)
  11. Right to start to regret (5)
  12. More uncommon are crashes in railroad (5)
  13. Foolish adventures catching fish (4)
  14. Linksman, lineman seen in new forge (6)
  15. Strip or ring in your ear (4)
  16. Look around town for Willy (5)
  17. Nameless solitary plant genus (4)
  18. *Finally reach one uncommon African city (6)
  19. The Post includes a poem (4)
  20. (Bonehead has everything turned around) (7)
  21. (Crazy lector gets high for a laugh) (7)
  22. Herb repaired a glove (6)
  23. (The German in an airport is systematic) (7)
  24. Broken spine withers (5)