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Guest Puzzle June 2018  "Gloria Patri" by Dino Schweitzer

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to nine letters, ten are capitalized, two are foreign, and one is obsolete) then enter them in the grid one after another in the same order as their clues, starting in the upper left corner.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. Eight across words and seven down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is removed. Those fifteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a three-word phrase related to the puzzle's title and theme. 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. Yes! Russian hairstyle's in the groove
  2. Hard to chew part of burrito ugh
  3. Greek maiden has to eat antiseptic
  4. Shelter Troy after three directions
  5. Make sound vessel
  6. Wool without gravity for Spanish city
  7. Avoided unassembled red kits
  8. Fondle Doctor of Divinity wearing hat
  9. Trample wounded Knight
  10. Spider moving east in chair
  11. Trio dancing before one Japanese gateway
  12. Survey instrument aided LA breakthrough
  13. Bone held in NY for Snoopy
  14. Relative energy in French city
  15. Moore stew: did it not taste yummy at first?
  16. Flutist holds notes
  17. Go for 501 guineas
  18. Our after Detroit deviation
  19. Strip tree of Spanish flea disorder
  20. Alter alert next
  21. Stop nephew leaving mystic seance
  22. Mashed taters form pleasures
  23. Scholar expert embracing a democrat
  24. Torn handbag dropped new penny in Midde Eastern city

Down

  1. Yours truly has no love for commotion
  2. Revisionist art did in island nation
  3. Congestion ahead holding up Red River city
  4. Bring up sunbeams to the ear
  5. Fast driver lost Hebrew letter in ritual feast
  6. Line in deed is marked for removal
  7. Sweet & sour drinks are diluted demon's ale
  8. Here in Cannes emergency room is colder
  9. Head Parisian flies without seconds
  10. Harry is led to coast
  11. Costume originally only for actress
  12. Fly inside burden means to get out
  13. Impaired communicator is badly situated without education
  14. Showtime diehard embraced Nurse Jackie
  15. Graffiti artist is "it" in children's game
  16. Dexter rejects Republican relaxation policy
  17. Trish fitted for jersey
  18. Wail of Noam in pain
  19. Restoration includes Japanese tiger
  20. Macedonian arrested crime boss
  21. Rely on unfinished reconstruction in a Wisconsin city
  22. Losing nothing, you copy a desert plant
  23. Arp, e.g., edited said ad taking time
  24. Even parts of Freeland understand