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Puzzle #197 October 2017  "Zzz"

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. Mystery entry (7)
  2. (Bluff of epic madness in cost) (9)
  3. *(Composer King embracing Henry) (5)
  4. Solid ledge to hold loaf (4)
  5. Fruit time (4)
  6. (Love the sound of a portal) (5)
  7. Fiber of billowing sails (5)
  8. (French must replace Middle English in the U.S., Kenya, etc.) (6)
  9. Speak with Charlie to take May's place and separate (7)
  10. Protagonist resting in east arbor (4)
  11. Awkwardly seat about ten in steamboat structure (5)
  12. *Photographer Adams polished a lens (5)
  13. Trendy part of thermodynamics (3)
  14. Mark's safety vehicle (4)
  15. Flood loses pressure in gorge (4)
  16. *A shelter in Yemeni seaport (4)
  17. (Sacred, extra leafy ilex) (5)
  18. Ealing in transition becomes warm and friendly (6)
  19. Burden we pay for (4)
  20. Solitary Nelly is troubled about love (6)
  21. Get rid of contents of closet (4)
  22. (Parcel out sound aplenty) (5)
  23. (Dumb Denise lacks a bit of intelligence) (5)
  24. (Nothing in Cadiz worked as a sky path) (6)
  25. Mystery entry (7)

Down

  1. Mystery entry (6)
  2. (Compact disc one alto ruined) (11)
  3. (His French instrument is welcome) (6)
  4. Child taken in by twin of a nobleman (5)
  5. Nobleman taken in by yearling (4)
  6. Sticky stuff produced by southern fruit (5)
  7. Star network involving a lake (4)
  8. The least bit of expression upset Al's belly (8)
  9. (Grass offensively conceals backing of pit) (5)
  10. Jackass and deer losing minutes to get a bit of grain (5)
  11. *Author of Deer Earth (5)
  12. Often there around October, for instance (5)
  13. Carbon removed from basic kind of tire (6)
  14. (Fixed having mark removed and finished) (5)
  15. Our rap is disrupted in commotion (6)
  16. (Runner holding a leaflet) (6)
  17. Essays of numberless threesomes (5)
  18. Present age of daughter consumed by trifle (5)
  19. Get to make haste without power (4)
  20. (In sorry decease there isn't a split) (6)
  21. Confederate gains energy in passageway (5)
  22. (Acme of false claim with illiterate signature) (6)
  23. Mystery entry (6)