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Puzzle #152 January 2014  "Proof"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from four to eight letters, and five 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 nine down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those eighteen 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. "Wicked fun" is mangled Latin
  3. Former gladiator's head in carved ebony
  4. Talk English or burn
  5. Financier's minute instrument
  6. Zesty insect turned back before day's end
  7. Poise of bachelor making a clean break
  8. Orderly retained about 1000
  9. Burden is our treat
  10. Pain of one about to leave
  11. A porter arranged to divide things proportionally
  12. Ended with a dish of spaghetti, maybe
  13. Hang around end of rigging in ship
  14. A true shelter for a community inVirginia
  15. Small slab or step
  16. Salt is processed in these French chateaus
  17. Party skinflint gets ten for a shilling
  18. Formerly in concert
  19. One in playful sport has energy for a quick counterthrust
  20. Commencement features leading tenor
  21. Take refuge in someone's tent
  22. Bobbin's coils spun around
  23. Scantier trade after time runs out
  24. Mystery entry


  1. Saul to be made perfect
  2. Brilliant onyx covers Cleopatra's lover
  3. Secretion begins in great upset stomach
  4. Some cartons and loaded drums started to burn
  5. Joke about new group
  6. Father's head beginning to roll
  7. Wild-bornColoradopony, perhaps
  8. Dealer tries to keep attentive
  9. Let run
  10. Tango dancing seen as high-strung
  11. Strength of blended wines
  12. Chaise carrying king is unreliable
  13. Ancient emperor's composure
  14. River fish
  15. Father and uncle in Spanish courtyard
  16. Talk about women in jazz
  17. Wordy ace beginning to lecture before 9
  18. Son trying absurdly to become wiry
  19. John's fuel in the new year
  20. Turn of legislative leader in court
  21. Stupid Ben has gold carried
  22. Stagger around end of ramp and push off
  23. Guy has time to run
  24. Speaks lovingly about southern male system that's harmonious and orderly