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Puzzle #198 November 2017  "Philosopher"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to nine letters, and four 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 removed. Those seventeen 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. Great crush turned around operating room
  2. Diverse group of eager men I corrupted
  3. Shrill rebel breaks down after time
  4. Curse Indian trapping a whale
  5. Single color shift
  6. Bill is polite about speech defect
  7. Constance has to get darker
  8. Desire in secret without resistance
  9. Beginning to tap and consume source of nourishment
  10. English nurse made unusual guarantee
  11. Clambake includes meat
  12. Very large nail replaces rod in cover
  13. Mystery entry
  14. Twister carries earth in shoe
  15. Brothel encouraged to shelter Trojan woman
  16. Working hard, removing 50 for putting aside
  17. Chemical assistant swallows metal
  18. Open throughout territory
  19. Influential man lies terribly
  20. Polish the French monetary unit
  21. Mix losing gravity in marsh
  22. Gas sickened none
  23. Remove nitrogen from slag to get juice
  24. Lack of restraint wearing a ring

Down

  1. Endless torment changed teacher
  2. Crone's damaged screen
  3. Indigene is unsophisticated about tempo
  4. Jude excited about a verse already seen
  5. Crown without old brass instrument
  6. Restyle a vehicle with permission
  7. A bitter struggle for a hat
  8. Risk spoiling low, shrill sound
  9. New member pays rupee for large badge
  10. Lineman Charlie to go in
  11. Mailer returned with alias for Lamb
  12. Forcefully take back empty boat
  13. West gets new hair
  14. Tenor sporting title causes commotion
  15. Disgrace of fake ecstasy
  16. Sew shoddy, confining shirt
  17. Married Native American is silent
  18. Note anger in delusion
  19. Maine braced for Japanese art form
  20. Mark's name for flax
  21. Get up around noon to wash
  22. Send a moving vehicle
  23. Talk about fish safety
  24. No lens-smashing rock band