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Puzzle #172 September 2015  "Hubble"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to nine letters, one is foreign, another is a prefix, and two are 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. Seven across words and eight down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those fifteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a four-word phrase related to the title and 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. Attempt to restrict feed contract
  3. Treachery's extent
  4. Rest snugly in new framed steel
  5. Ill-fated, violent splash drowns echo
  6. Utopian gives up 500 for juicer
  7. Ultimate shape
  8. I will take Earl's place in course as winner
  9. Most rye is ground after middle of harvest
  10. Dancer fish carried by Paris rail line
  11. Got a torn robe
  12. Peg's talk about an edible root
  13. Craftier twist of wire holding core of clip
  14. Part of anecdote is not even in Latin
  15. First empire collapsed after losing leader
  16. Sheer fabric starts to shrink while in soapy suds
  17. Tied after turning back the French soccer team, maybe
  18. Mass inside circuit will generate light
  19. Ms. Sarkisian embraces German theologian in square
  20. Ripken and Player in Canadian city
  21. Enthusiastic diva headed west
  22. Sore feet treated with sulfur and essence of horseradish
  23. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Split tapes are trashed
  2. Strike with sound
  3. Lack of movement is a characteristic of municipal systems
  4. Neat page border
  5. Pleasing quality of good competition
  6. Eliot about managed to get across
  7. Repair track around center
  8. Strict sire always has energy
  9. Endless scenery obscured in film
  10. Celine's strangely quiet
  11. Marshal terrifyingly carrying a rope for hanging
  12. Charlie's talk, a short selection
  13. Returning party gets lift
  14. Has a tendency to eat stuff
  15. Baking recipes must be exact
  16. Men in riot disturbed island
  17. Women vied crazily to get married
  18. Child's troubled realm turned more peaceful
  19. Send payment in return for measuring device
  20. Start of full reading in old court lobby
  21. Evil, once aroused, becomes physical force
  22. Bottom part is damaged
  23. Support one list of candidates to make laws