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Puzzle #161 October 2014  "House of Windsor"

Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from four to eleven letters, and three 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 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. More disturbed about the unfinished dam
  2. Glass plate left inside
  3. Stir up a sick, weak nephew
  4. Complain about tree
  5. Diminish time used for part of composition
  6. Fragrance wafting up free around noon
  7. Person in Greece is a hopeless case
  8. Wife telling about party
  9. Bird dog's head is taken off
  10. Supple mountaineer misses top
  11. Sign in front of high booth
  12. Mystery entry
  13. Expression of female pilot
  14. Ruler's open revolution
  15. Speak with love for song
  16. Town I terrorized with gunpowder ingredient
  17. Firm's beginning to try for new agreement
  18. Hooker holding old card
  19. Lean and keen to follow Mike
  20. One real snafu for Franklin's wife
  21. Quick twirl of ropes around end of mast
  22. Maeve's talking about a piece of clothing
  23. Art baffled the German dealer


  1. Raunchy Olympia has made one eager at first to get a festive erection
  2. Soldier often turned around at the front
  3. Mark is infatuated with Oscar, for one
  4. Spirit of Ireland
  5. End of beat, no-good race horse
  6. Provoke Earl within the bounds of law
  7. Partly revenged or fully revenged
  8. Hearing inappropriately investigates award
  9. Story of true brew
  10. Part of sail broke free
  11. Naked in cabaret
  12. Rubber tree outbreak
  13. Peter's upset after losing shirt in binge
  14. A bent or broken title
  15. Raise drunk grabbing end of gaff
  16. Priest holding active electrical device
  17. First half of quintessential corruption investigation
  18. Friend's set of rules about weapon turnover
  19. Revise the name for a simple alkane
  20. Get current union head to embrace Democrat
  21. Foreigner has a claim
  22. Love, in essence, becomes a concern
  23. Wife replaces guard in group dance
  24. Whole greeting without final note is lame