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Puzzle #187 December 2016  "Nos Galan"

 Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from four to eleven letters, and seven 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. Nine across words and eight down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those seventeen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a four word phrase related to the mystery entry.  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. Fine snow beginning to decline in force
  2. Flaming fluorine in Yorkshire river
  3. Hang around old dam
  4. Car easily covering zone
  5. Carrier and page around back
  6. Say! Time to turn back
  7. Wall or door confining ruler
  8. Order in matrimony
  9. Silent comedian talk show host makes comeback
  10. Visionary holds true as guide
  11. Pitch of initially tight ocean ship
  12. Meeting by means of pager
  13. Mystery entry
  14. Call to break last glass
  15. A toy at the acme
  16. Mistakenly order about 100 for Mark
  17. Former beloved's child becomes five
  18. Strange urge to have zero cosmetic
  19. Name for a man out of balance
  20. Call Prince and whine
  21. Gross offense has Rod in suspension
  22. Dealer in common germicides
  23. End of foul cheese thrown out for worms

Down

  1. Stop Ted's whirling saw
  2. Victorious blow includes Republican rump
  3. Driver is more upset about victory
  4. Update of route frees ailing husband
  5. Partly modern flower
  6. Henry in vibrant city gets restless
  7. Singer collapsed once or retired
  8. Frenzied morning, all right!
  9. Western settler: very unique individual
  10. A big pause at sea
  11. Right to start to regret
  12. More uncommon are crashes in railroad
  13. Foolish adventures catching fish
  14. Linksman, lineman seen in new forge
  15. Strip or ring in your ear
  16. Look around town for Willy
  17. Nameless solitary plant genus
  18. Finally reach one uncommon African city
  19. The Post includes a poem
  20. Bonehead has everything turned around
  21. Crazy lector gets high for a laugh
  22. Herb repaired a glove
  23. The German in an airport is systematic
  24. Broken spine withers