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Guest Puzzle November 2014  "Pareidolia" by Gail Findlay

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to ten letters, four are capitalized, and one has interior capitalization) 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. Four of the clues are italicized:  the thing named by the answer to each italicized clue may elicit an unwarranted response.  Six across words and five down words won't fit the grid unless one of their letters is omitted.  These eleven letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell two words describing that possible response. If you are having trouble printing these puzzles, you can download an Adobe Acrobat version of the puzzle and grid.


  1. Action conceals seminarian's one consuming compulsion
  2. Might be able to run in the raw, penetrating cold
  3. Japan's yokozuna cradles blossom
  4. Attendant of new company dismissed from course
  5. Keep ethanol back inside tent
  6. Plant has iron and nitrogen-bonding radical
  7. Vise with pressure for volume of pounded clay
  8. Daydream of male with nothing on
  9. Country welcomes mentor without men to bear overhead
  10. Measures of symptoms in bones beginning to shatter
  11. After fifty, I get action briefly—honest!
  12. Automobiles crash explosively without hydrogen
  13. Confused cashier substituting five for secondary muniments
  14. Educational website set one back
  15. Professors' aides take in oxygen in Sangre de Cristo Mountains resort
  16. Azaleas emerge with no effort  
  17. Shedding coat, prelate agitated for sometime afterward
  18. Put underground in plain terror
  19. Power Point is a punch in a purse
  20. Leg of returning pilgrimage
  21. Tense, without one bit of energy, upset and transported
  22. For each eldest senior
  23. George goes inside without clothes for a jog
  24. Deterioration caused by conflict overtaking East
  25. Betrayer was sad initially upon Jesus's return


  1. Gold Pisces interpreted gives favorable signs
  2. Walk oddly and dawdle awkwardly
  3. Finance with neither franc nor centime is pointless
  4. Well-known author consumed by mania
  5. Old-fashioned saw
  6. List of persons locked in pillories during revolution
  7. Nick wipes out
  8. Fog is lingering in mountain
  9. Gale expected to go around to the downwind side
  10. Tone-changing gadget revealed at openings of concerts against performers' objections
  11. Chateau lacking the French look
  12. Begin eliminating right now in the ER
  13. Attachment that means something is made new with no overwhelming onset of emotion
  14. Artist is somewhat introverted
  15. Policeman removing egg from chicken pen
  16. Come up from Paris energized
  17. Inadequate child imprisoned by fright
  18. Happy Jack's foul play around gym
  19. Sound of sweetie getting first of kisses
  20. Racer and shooter using radius for gauge
  21. Spirit or thought of age is taught
  22. Discern 500 sperm
  23. Streaming profanity covering start of internecine victory
  24. Volcanic mountain going up  in giant eruption
  25. Fussy, neat or messy
  26. Monster demolished sugar