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Puzzle #137 October 2012  "Three Squares"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eleven letters, two are capitalized, and three consist of more than one word) 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. Five across words and five down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those ten letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a two-word phrase that suggests how the three mystery entries, each of which lacks a key word, might be completed. 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.


  1. Mystery entry
  2. Recover note and letter held by cleric
  3. Consider breaking tree up
  4. The French goat butchered smoothly
  5. Fine weapons and croplands
  6. Settled discord without a bit of love or hate
  7. Trumpeter has stroke
  8. Discharged, Victor and Oscar died unhappily
  9. More flavorful treats I baked
  10. Tebaldi's triumphant debut in new arena
  11. Mystery entry
  12. Starting a fire? Use sulfur instead of gram of gas
  13. Chip maker's phony line about temperature
  14. Gain for tailor
  15. Boldness never failed
  16. Sinclair's lifting device
  17. Girl, standing initially in aisle, collapsed
  18. In agitation, brother's made Henry act quickly
  19. Cap starts to come off in front
  20. It acted badly in principle
  21. Mystery entry


  1. Endless faith died and proved false
  2. One in front of aircraft causing a racket
  3. Southeastern island's cache
  4. MgO, for instance, cured cat in a day
  5. Tragedy engulfs old people
  6. Disney's core element
  7. Boy at academy started a musical composition
  8. Gem of singular quality
  9. Sound of swan or seal
  10. Tense Titus grabs gold
  11. Better if friend withholds commentary
  12. Dismiss 500 in cut instead of 100
  13. "Jobs, perhaps," notes a longshoreman
  14. Condition of pot, which Kelvin has left for Faraday
  15. Announce better pay
  16. Father and uncle in Spanish courtyard
  17. Brave, quiet character in Waiting for Godot
  18. Ancient vat has radical arc
  19. Bloody unusual
  20. Shill started to make a pitch for beer
  21. Courts rejected holding right reverend in pain
  22. Two letters in color
  23. A day in ancient Rome comes to an end
  24. Strain has broken down lifter