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Puzzle #158 July 2014  "Hotspot"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eleven 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. Ten across words and nine down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those nineteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a four-word phrase related to the mystery entry.  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. Hot sap rendered a kind of salt
  2. Good tenant: one who cleans and tidies
  3. Idle, wayward aunt goes after Teddy
  4. Note very Irish gear
  5. Fish gave off an odor
  6. Claim of Mohave rancher
  7. Exchange includes metal cracker
  8. Margin of convergence
  9. Vessel in burning cafe could be a hotspot
  10. Move away from bad decree
  11. Mystery entry
  12. Dominion ruler imprisoning chief of police and head of embassy
  13. Loses nuts in sedimentary deposit
  14. A sudden stream expelled with energy
  15. Bug in vehicle going back around Iran
  16. Bird seen in Budapest or Krakow
  17. Clunker returned by Earl for repair
  18. One involved in illegal votes for governing council
  19. Erica to run around noon
  20. Remove fluid from partly wet appliance
  21. Affirmation about lines and calls
  22. A gaseous cloud's unconscious state
  23. Réunion meat show


  1. Prevent Charlie's taking part in opening
  2. Stripped lug in defective spoiler is dangerous
  3. Tonto recalled getting wounded
  4. Generate energy in fish out of nothing
  5. Endurance of flower organs
  6. High-spirited aspect of expertise
  7. Staff can start to exercise
  8. Indigene is unsophisticated about time
  9. Bump rudely jolts end
  10. Randy, rich and so masculine, getting baptismal robe
  11. Carved head of giant bird
  12. City of Denver on Amazon
  13. Back eliminating Sunday for worship
  14. All about union having a spurious wing
  15. Cleveland's great traveler
  16. Confine around end of August
  17. Noxious germ, for years inside of eye, will get out
  18. The French ship is more limited
  19. Opposed a bad serve
  20. Warship wreck restored around end of May
  21. Tell about iron shirt for security
  22. Dig holes, randomly, around five