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Puzzle #144 May 2013  "Omissions"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from four to ten letters, and two 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 omitted. Those seventeen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words spell a three-word phrase related to the mystery entries.  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. Defamation of a person is wrong
  3. Getting paid with rupee for new auricular ornament
  4. Power of cylinder cap in front part
  5. Wild about education of government
  6. Submissive men will replace women in seven days
  7. Fish, small one, inGermany
  8. Principal emissary holding picket
  9. What remains before mineral is put back
  10. Pin foot of aquatic mammal
  11. Ornament's label
  12. Before day's end, some managed to move along slowly
  13. Left someone posing topless in disorder
  14. Author leavesPeoriaschooled in creative works
  15. Agitation of spirit soon returned
  16. Disgrace has me in a troubled state
  17. Platter includes coffee with milk
  18. Talk idly about yours truly being smarter
  19. Alan improperly sequesters five of ships
  20. Hold back about meeting with media
  21. Water chestnut, e.g., of Southern rim
  22. Mystery entry


  1. Parasite is blown away in a puff of air
  2. Contravention covers irrational speech
  3. Disadvantage of faulty net play
  4. Bullfighter is stranger to drama
  5. Eating leeks with joy
  6. Lean musician Paul's lacking energy
  7. Iron damaged fir tree
  8. Withdraw from the daily grind inClontibret,Ireland
  9. Guard's intense malaise preceding end of patrol
  10. Mineral wash
  11. Governor took a seat to talk
  12. One mole's unhappy without companionship
  13. Kind of bare everything at first
  14. Cashier's beginning to fulminate with rage
  15. Judge had a meal after start of recess
  16. Stage of sleep has ended
  17. Sign up to be captain of the Nautilus
  18. A French astronomer is not as neat
  19. Code breaking is a form of art
  20. Napier's incoherent in Farsi
  21. Agent barely loses sleep
  22. Douglas seen holding a drinking vessel