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Puzzle #189 February 2017  "Solve for X"

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. Covering vehicle swiftly (8)
  2. (Train a bishop to speak with complexity) (9)
  3. (Nothing about a German plant) (6)
  4. Chemical morning in England (5)
  5. Painter stirring a sticky substance (4, 3)
  6. Base hit leads to confusion (6)
  7. Dotty or Linda getting a number (7)
  8. (Troy's part of messy working method) (6)
  9. *An American writer bound to consume energy (5)
  10. See small vessel (4)
  11. Period of time that twenty earths orbit (4)
  12. (Teaming illegally and making money) (7)
  13. Supported knight in drill (5)
  14. Fuss about worship (5)
  15. Rustic route and ancient city by a lake (5)
  16. Son's sour beginning (5)
  17. Turned top at end to expand (6)
  18. Scoter's shelter (4)
  19. Random area including bottom land that's fit for cultivation (6)
  20. Guy, one that is ineffectual and empty (4)
  21. (Talk back with agitation) (7)
  22. Burden of bad deal (4)

Down

  1. Charlie replaces wife in animal fight (6)
  2. (Think, eat, die digesting) (6)
  3. *Suffering Lear embracing one airy spirit (5)
  4. (Mad Rosen retired a noisy sleeper) (6)
  5. Mark ring restraining rod (5)
  6. *Reconstructed part as ancient city (6)
  7. Repaired a telly not long ago (6)
  8. (Go around east end molding) (4)
  9. Padre's worn robe (5)
  10. Erstwhile earl's sticky mixture (5)
  11. Moving aria about true lasso (5)
  12. Aliment containing calcium oxide (4)
  13. Brother replaces king in mass for one that's buried (4)
  14. Fake money keeps company costing less (7)
  15. Spoken part of pastorale (4)
  16. Note: cracked vertebrae have a prolonged effect (11)
  17. (Sound of sheep breaking table) (5)
  18. Official answer found in lair (4)
  19. *Male dancer taking on Grecian queen (4)
  20. A profit once more (5)
  21. (Salvaged, but improperly secured ) (7)
  22. Keep out of cabaret (3)
  23. It's wrong to demean a worm (8)