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Guest Puzzle April 2013  "Down and Out" by Arthur Schless & John de Cuevas

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to ten 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. Six down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is placed outside it; those six letters form a word. Besides that, eight across words and eight down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted altogether. Those sixteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a four-word phrase related to the outlying word. If you are having trouble printing these puzzles, you can download an Adobe Acrobat version of the puzzle and grid.


  1. Harry and Sarah traveling south
  2. Pete's playing trumpet opener for a musical ensemble
  3. Convert codeine mixture, removing iodine
  4. I left Indian bread for Earl unadulterated
  5. Room for political action committee in Southeast
  6. A plot with nothing to excite
  7. Grain that doesn't contain a stone
  8. Island city features a vehicle covered by hahnium
  9. Shake container
  10. James has a strap with a bit of elasticity
  11. Insect melee leads to inbreeding
  12. Boater or booter
  13. Shudder holding back an expression of disdain
  14. Horse magician turns mare's head into nag's tail
  15. Awkwardly seated but unruffled
  16. The German beginning to raise interest before getting behind
  17. Ridge framed by photographer
  18. Bush dance
  19. Encourage writer to get rid of rubber
  20. Send dad off with the Italian flower
  21. Scalia triumphs holding court
  22. Attorney's undecided
  23. A center refurbished with a bit of native charm


  1. Irreligious person among the Athenians
  2. Scion ofGreece at the rear
  3. City merchants rebuilt around event center
  4. Bad trail has no beginning
  5. Discontinue legal proceeding involving error
  6. Gabriel eats cheese
  7. Fear rot's started in corpse
  8. Opposed a bad serve
  9. Get up aroundnoonand wash
  10. Supplemental clause about a pirate
  11. Contract of French law
  12. Before long snagging tail of carp with fishing lure
  13. Having no clothing; endlessly under-dressed
  14. Has a need to keep mentally healthy
  15. Our satellites orbit a constellation
  16. Plan of church paintings
  17. Fruit ripens around fall
  18. Throw out Jeeter running, having catcher replace Teixera at second
  19. One inScotlandgets judge to ventilate
  20. Female covered with stuff is cleaned
  21. Cost includes new ruler
  22. Fashionable resort gets her a guide
  23. Act without error; cut out; take away
  24. Counterfeit rupee gets junior brought back to give false testimony
  25. Arrived with ring and precious stone