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Puzzle #167 April 2015  "Cetacea"

Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to ten letters, two  are capitalized, and another is internally capitalized) then enter them in the grid one after another in the same order as their clues, starting in the upper left corner. Across words that don't end at the right continue on the next row, and down words that don't end at the bottom continue in the next column. Six across words and seven down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those thirteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a three-word phrase distantly related to the mystery entries.  Thanks to Kevin Wald for test-solving and editing this puzzle. If you are having trouble printing these puzzles, you can download an Adobe Acrobat version of the puzzle and grid. [Want to see some hints?]

Across

  1. Mystery entry
  2. Small, small monster turned angry
  3. Arouse respect to some extent for employer
  4. Malicious and talkative when husband's not around
  5. Beginning to translate Gaelic, in brief
  6. People at first had cold meat loaf
  7. Throws around nine at first and stands out
  8. Lean, active, owning nothing, and single
  9. Left in preserve to work hard
  10. Go up cedar's top branch
  11. Look, shop has one for nothing
  12. Contemporary alcove restored
  13. Henry's truck started to stall
  14. Prevent having a tie
  15. Resolve to administer pills without carbon
  16. Madness about a bit of lined paper
  17. Bishop's letter letter
  18. Likely to embrace a radical of another kind
  19. Potter's first and last kiln is shown
  20. Rescue five in turbulent sea
  21. A bit of time to take in a letter as a memorable marker
  22. Wilted petal in dish
  23. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Reason Tom returned four empty
  2. In reality, working with liberal leader made Victor kind
  3. Charlie in Tennessee, suffering, losing energy at the end, and growing old
  4. Bryophytes brought back in blossoms
  5. Rod once chastised for informally gathering information
  6. Reversed old opinion about music producer
  7. Dotty lets us fight
  8. Hit back and inflict damage
  9. Sound senior is endlessly busy
  10. Oliver has to exist
  11. Body's initial weight prompted exuberance
  12. Peter and Oscar concocted an ointment
  13. Experienced otherworldly event involving sun god
  14. Bachelor's flexible and carefree
  15. Mark is failing at Eton
  16. One following fake faith healer
  17. Silent diplomacy involving India
  18. Property's ultimately unsuitable condition
  19. Appearance of warped space and time
  20. Record of southern dead
  21. Poor Teddy has part in bad play
  22. Dwelling for women in lawless part of upper Manhattan
  23. Avila's uncertain advantage