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Puzzle #166 March 2015  "Practitioners"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to nine letters, two are capitalized, and one is foreign) 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. Six across words and five down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those eleven letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell two words that define 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. Display a Norway fish
  3. Third failed treaty separately involving India and Korea, essentially
  4. Not many iron women
  5. Mended shoe and stockings
  6. Midinette has to have a meal
  7. Whitish color needing a bit of red for lobby and drawing room
  8. Antelope of eastern country
  9. Nearly managed catching head of company in thievery
  10. Flow of power smothering resistance
  11. Father's flat note
  12. Oddball beginning to change position
  13. Peter's impulse to clean up
  14. Animal love in act I aborted
  15. Expensive part of trade arrangements
  16. Made corrections involving stage setting
  17. Wants nitrogen-free seed
  18. Emil is translating a figure of speech
  19. Fish a lot
  20. Emissary's glee at deceiving
  21. Soup I mixed with a bit of tartar sauce
  22. Disciplinarian is deficient in matter
  23. Mystery entry


  1. Ken's awfully long week around beginning of December
  2. Roman hat worn in a race
  3. Tell of one in Crete gone astray
  4. They may get gold as a speculation
  5. English king in French school
  6. Nanny's note at first sure confused
  7. Siena's starting center making a goal
  8. Confined the Spanish stationery maker
  9. Get across St. Martin running
  10. Help a Princess of Ethiopia
  11. Fraternity has taken charge
  12. Democratic symbol of Massachusetts
  13. Former AK governor's heartless punishment
  14. Badly need degree to be finished
  15. Giant hornets having a spine
  16. Deposit of ore around Kenya revealed
  17. A posy when crushed becomes oily
  18. Dad grabs mom's head in plain
  19. Endless decline for city's bad neighborhood
  20. China farmhand keeping at a distance
  21. Penny's sure crazy for prize money
  22. Kind men ran wild
  23. Charlie has a daring new jacket