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Puzzle #170 July 2015  "Taste Test"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from four to eight letters, and five 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. Seven across words and seven down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those fourteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a four-word phrase.  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. Holy one eats very little candy
  2. Human head of party in doorway is male
  3. Island that I unhappily inhabited at first
  4. Long part of rough operation
  5. Rear end is turned in retaliation
  6. Recluse left city going west  
  7. Supple sow has one
  8. Incorrectly recite a sequence of three
  9. Ann's expression of worry and peeve
  10. Lots of hemorrhoids
  11. Song has a name
  12. Loose small talk
  13. Taste of uracil revolted prayer leader
  14. Right where Latin king could be a cubist
  15. Prophet eats last of bread in feast
  16. Dotty is inane and stupid
  17. Heart of British bird dog
  18. Reality of function and performance
  19. Essay about bachelor of a group
  20. Round, tall tale about Victor's fruit tree
  21. Matter essentially altered in mammilla
  22. Hill's rear end
  23. After backing up, restore device to control sparking
  24. Result of redesigned drop cut
  25. Acid scrub lacking carbon


  1. Saline component of basal tyramines
  2. Louise started to bury cottonseed fiber
  3. Drollery about large flag
  4. Cheapskate Jack's last in jetty
  5. A quiet, small, empty building projection
  6. Work fee includes one for labor leader
  7. Lesser Peru bird
  8. Polish and French queen surrounding friar
  9. Freud or Adler would have embraced an email service
  10. Disturbs and robs the insane
  11. Get 1000 in exchange for 500 ground oats, perhaps
  12. In hearsay, there's no rot initially but the beginning of terrible swelling
  13. Plan about moon vehicle
  14. Reddish-brown and fuzzy!
  15. Faced about everything with a hammer
  16. Pass on or scratch early
  17. Maverick fog envelops Finland
  18. Saint wearing glossy fabric
  19. Solo vocal in variation
  20. Slavic nymph holding love instrument
  21. Proclaim new name held by expert
  22. Insurgent fouled out, in sum
  23. Distasteful, nasty tribute excludes uncle