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Hints for Puzzle #37 - June 2004 "Stop By"

Instructions:Parentheses around a clue mean that one or more letters must be omitted from the answer word before it will fit in the grid. Numbers in parentheses give lengths of answer words. An asterisk * indicates a proper name and a hash mark # a foreign word.

Across

  1. (Give about half of mint for control) (8)
  2. (Said rule is most important) (9)
  3. Adding all but the last container of rainwater (7)
  4. Complete unfinished talk after turnover (5)
  5. (Summer snake) (5)
  6. Sexually aroused by Harvard and Yale, Ron runs from one to the other (5)
  7. Cut off one lamb's head, or a few (7)
  8. See skunk's head removed from strip (5)
  9. (Medieval servant or seamstress) (5)
  10. Sent up and shown the way around many times (6)
  11. *One flipping over a German musical (5)
  12. Take off this French fabric (6)
  13. Mother ingests last of rotting pomace (5)
  14. Relieve friend harboring incipient allergy (5)
  15. (Nerve ending exposed in beheading of teacher) (8)
  16. Stadium ball (4)
  17. (Developmental stage in evolving strain) (6)
  18. French newspaper wrapped around a beverage (8)
  19. Dodge tip of skewer point (4)
  20. Inquisitive about content of many songs (4)
  21. (Phylactery takes a rest) (9)
  22. (Sibling gets brooch for one maiden) (8)

Down

  1. (Exquisite, fashionable shirt found within 24 hours) (6)
  2. (Nitrogen found in fruit juice residue) (6)
  3. (No meal is improved by wheat grits) (8)
  4. Sense of embarrassment is identical with shy heart (5)
  5. Start the run with enough tread (7)
  6. (Rotating vessels is a piece of cake) (4)
  7. Announcing drink at the rear (6)
  8. Those who clean up without scruple and those who right wrongs (8)
  9. English duet adapted for musical study (5)
  10. MP wears cunning head cover (6)
  11. (Daydream about five Native Americans) (7)
  12. Whipped, beheaded, and consumed (5)
  13. In progressive cycle, legislative assembly splits up (6)
  14. Distant mile to training camp (4)
  15. *Marx turns up as TV star (5)
  16. Rotate, turning right to left, and hang loose (4)
  17. Supervise cow (4)
  18. (City base taking on new circus performer) (5)
  19. Safety center only provoked crime (6)
  20. Bird to measure and determine concentration (7)
  21. Cognizant of one battle error (5)
  22. (Trouble point northeast of bridge) (7)
  23. (Roller 2D has radical ending) (8)