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Puzzle #198 November 2017  "Philosopher"

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. (Great crush turned around operating room) (5)
  2. (Diverse group of eager men I corrupted) (9)
  3. Shrill rebel breaks down after time (6)
  4. Curse Indian trapping a whale (3)
  5. Single color shift (5)
  6. (Bill is polite about speech defect) (4)
  7. Constance has to get darker (3)
  8. (Desire in secret without resistance) (5)
  9. Beginning to tap and consume source of nourishment (4)
  10. English nurse made unusual guarantee (6)
  11. Clambake includes meat (4)
  12. (Very large nail replaces rod in cover) (7)
  13. *Mystery entry (9)
  14. Twister carries earth in shoe (7)
  15. *Brothel encouraged to shelter Trojan woman (5)
  16. Working hard, removing 50 for putting aside (6)
  17. Chemical assistant swallows metal (5)
  18. Open throughout territory (5)
  19. (Influential man lies terribly) (7)
  20. Polish the French monetary unit (5)
  21. Mix losing gravity in marsh (4)
  22. (Gas sickened none) (4)
  23. (Remove nitrogen from slag to get juice) (5)
  24. (Lack of restraint wearing a ring) (7)

Down

  1. (Endless torment changed teacher) (6)
  2. (Crone's damaged screen) (6)
  3. Indigene is unsophisticated about tempo (6)
  4. (Jude excited about a verse already seen) (4, 2)
  5. (Crown without old brass instrument) (6)
  6. Restyle a vehicle with permission (5)
  7. A bitter struggle for a hat (7)
  8. Risk spoiling low, shrill sound (5)
  9. New member pays rupee for large badge (6)
  10. Lineman Charlie to go in (6)
  11. *Mailer returned with alias for Lamb (4)
  12. Forcefully take back empty boat (5)
  13. West gets new hair (4)
  14. Tenor sporting title causes commotion (4)
  15. (Disgrace of fake ecstasy) (5)
  16. Sew shoddy, confining shirt (5)
  17. (Married Native American is silent) (4)
  18. Note anger in delusion (6)
  19. (Maine braced for Japanese art form) (5)
  20. Mark's name for flax (5)
  21. Get up around noon to wash (5)
  22. Send a moving vehicle (5)
  23. Talk about fish safety (7)
  24. *(No lens-smashing rock band) (6)