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Puzzle #188 January 2017  "Primer"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eight letters, seven are capitalized, and one is foreign) 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 seven down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those fourteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a five-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. Run makes Rod very mean
  2. Battle-scarred plaque
  3. Get a return having some weight
  4. Name of the "pit" changed after error
  5. Roles got confused for one in defeat
  6. Kisser, female, and top notch
  7. Auction involving western lowland
  8. Beam, shaft or bar
  9. Eight covet a refreshment
  10. Not so much about love for loam
  11. Standard weapon in speech
  12. Mystery entry
  13. Theatrical bit followed by one spasm
  14. Working with Charlie, not Victor, in sitcom
  15. My pet being sick and without force
  16. Child's solitary copy
  17. Victor's wife has left in secret
  18. Latin others in Italian
  19. Endless piece of writing gets new censor
  20. Gregor, hurt after guard leaves, is okay
  21. Mark led scramble to unite
  22. In Italy she will meet that French lens maker
  23. Tea brewed and consumed
  24. Rest of butchered torso

Down

  1. False notes, about fifty, getting lifted
  2. Main race mistaken for Apache, e.g.
  3. City meals on wheels
  4. Nasty cur, perro, pimp
  5. Trifle absorbs attorney now
  6. Active fish will produce a kind of jelly
  7. Father Bertram's middle name
  8. Head of company has permission to split
  9. Antiquated ship in metal coating
  10. High-flown aspect of upstart youth
  11. Cut around section and break down into parts
  12. Comic set, silly and superficial
  13. Poulenc dancing with energy and extravagance
  14. Judge hiding in crater
  15. Discharge bank teller
  16. A subdivision of the earth without golf
  17. Destiny of small sailors
  18. Refer to locus of hearing
  19. Execute Lieutenant Dunce
  20. Thoreau title rule overturned before retreat
  21. Feel secure having more
  22. Fill a vault with molten rock
  23. $10 bill returned for enzyme complex