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Puzzle #196 September 2017  "Early Bird"

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 raised F a foreign word.


Across

  1. (Peter embraced by tired principal) (6)
  2. Conspicuousness spoiling a silence (8)
  3. Perhaps rat lair is hidden in decay (6)
  4. (Acclaim without pressure will give a lift) (5)
  5. Odd, confusing clue pair (8)
  6. Take on clip depicting Henry as king (8)
  7. (Cut and edited endless cinema) (5)
  8. Bird in sorrow losing head (5)
  9. Dealer's corrupt boss (6)
  10. (Moving cheer about love bond) (6)
  11. *FMystery word (7)
  12. Weapon of fighting words (5)
  13. (Abide a burden, so to speak) (4)
  14. The best of one liter (5)
  15. Crackpot at opera eating a tuber (6)
  16. *Name of woman in action (4)
  17. A porter, having imbibed ecstasy, will struggle to make a speech (8)
  18. (Tutee, terrified, about to vacillate) (6)
  19. Walker's random ramble (6)
  20. Timeless, bustling capital located at the top (6)
  21. (Hector holding large machete) (4)
  22. Vehicle going around a pile of rocks will get a reward (6)

Down

  1. (Rod this month is getting cold, you know) (7)
  2. Manage translating Pater into Old English (7)
  3. (Nameless model's idle speech) (6)
  4. Humor a linguist about word of mouth (4)
  5. (Prevent Charlie taking part in lead-in) (8)
  6. Town mob destroyed vault (4)
  7. Pretty woman's love turns to child in trunk (6)
  8. Fly annoyed bawler (6)
  9. *Maud crashes Russian assembly (4)
  10. Turnaround of native's interior life story (4)
  11. Phyllo serving has to be beaten (4)
  12. *Island resort's fallen idol (4)
  13. Carry a little liquor electronically (4)
  14. Mutinous ship carries national dog (6)
  15. Enlarge traveling public (7)
  16. (Look without beginning to see weed)
  17. Swilling liter to get drunk again? (5)
  18. Variations involving a vocal solo (4)
  19. Lie flapping in creel (7)
  20. (Hear appeal for victim) (4)
  21. *Name of island in the past (4)
  22. It's not a bad place (7)
  23. Scatter a bit of rice in goulash (5)
  24. (Count on Pete illegally holding 10 and 100) (6)