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Puzzle #162 November 2014  "Bluesman"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eleven letters, and six 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 name related to the title of the puzzle.  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. Allow Cookie to take Peter instead of Henry
  2. Get used to hurt after Jack leaves
  3. Ump and Native American prove wrong
  4. Find out Rod's vice is having a wild spree
  5. Journey starting to rattle eastern king
  6. Thrilled having Newton in group
  7. Crazy about redhead in drawing
  8. Copy of odd item containing iodine and tantalum
  9. Hope someone's got money
  10. Remove fish after taking head off
  11. Give an edge to lame phrase with added noun
  12. Mystery entry
  13. Undeviating, bird turned back around New England
  14. British type moving along
  15. Lift at entrance bearing name of gallery
  16. Slogan from dude about art
  17. Bandleader replaces daughter of academic administrator as head
  18. May goes back for sweet potato
  19. Author is out of balance in attitude
  20. Type of gun initially targeted as a supporting device
  21. With fluorine instead of sulfur, damaged scepter is made flawless
  22. Totem blemished in part as a symbolic object
  23. Combat system in which mortal is beheaded and dismembered
  24. Fish having quiet partouze


  1. One error of mad emperor's made friar act
  2. Very big soldier insect
  3. Large newt went away
  4. In chaotic nature, energy is time playing hooky
  5. Copier cut off top of paper
  6. Ancient city in east generates fluid waste
  7. Believe me, Ed flipped
  8. The best people start to enjoy lo-cal
  9. Woman going up and down
  10. Potter's filed an objection
  11. Army ravaged a town in ancient Greece
  12. Many times in the past found hidden in rooftops
  13. Image of a die being cast
  14. Sean was playing in Wales's second largest city
  15. Partly seen in the national game's final round
  16. Planter's stake
  17. Outer layer of carbon corrosion
  18. Blubber about Earl's tour de force
  19. Started grinding and stir-frying flour
  20. Egg on papa's pecker
  21. Talk about the Spanish clergyman
  22. Love note is about always
  23. Including Bolivar and the Québécois in dance is something to be dealt with
  24. Greece takes comfort in oil
  25. Band folded into pen for one who waits