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Puzzle #141 February 2013  "What To Wear"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from four to ten letters, eight 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. Twelve across words and twelve down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those twenty-four letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell two words that mean the same thing. 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?]


  1. Mystery entry
  2. Attend to catalog print size
  3. Quietly distraught over show
  4. Secured ground without resistance
  5. Pipe is kaput, broken, essentially spent
  6. Untutored urchin has turned rougher
  7. Leading English shark
  8. Monk called for guanaco
  9. A group of three from Crete running with team's leader
  10. Trenet's middle name
  11. Sounded loud from interior of grange
  12. Take a step keeping to the right
  13. Bug in a swirling river
  14. Crazy about Juan Carlos's mother, perhaps
  15. An oyster, for instance, is able, improbably, to hold four and five separately
  16. Makes a statement or talks idly about doctored dice
  17. South African in hotel, taking last of wine, becomes unhinged
  18. Painter's hair getting cut finally
  19. Chance put computer software in layer
  20. Foretell error in mismanagement of DC trip
  21. Highly inventive iron and rubber slab
  22. Got back a kind of robe
  23. One in front of aircraft causing a racket
  24. Mystery entry


  1. Someone protesting in one's place has nothing to put away
  2. Mannerly one in Paris grabs torn bra
  3. Scottish highlander holds victory mallet
  4. Went around it bored silly
  5. Saudi Arabia forming an alliance with Niger is reasonable
  6. Stick or split
  7. Bird of initially surprising color
  8. Alum gets new piano
  9. Ogden seen in heaven as humorist
  10. Dress is custom tailored by Earl
  11. Nerve cells of deceiving liars
  12. Damaged lifeline
  13. Adrien founders in Caribbean gulf
  14. Jumping spider has energy to take control
  15. Dad wearing cap in southern city
  16. Note: ship captured by sheer force
  17. Fish net and tackle
  18. Stayed tidy without messing at first
  19. Color run ended badly
  20. Fill interstices with fluffy stuff
  21. Love's vehicle is a statuette
  22. Sometimes I'm permitted to have a silly smile
  23. Seeger embracing primate in Tahitian municipality
  24. Charlie replaces bird's head for a reward