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Puzzle #174 November 2015  "Lagerstätte"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from four 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. Eleven across words and ten down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those twenty-one letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a three-word phrase related to the title and 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. Bend rail around bar for balance
  2. MacArthur, for one, blowing loud gas
  3. He will leave machine running like crazy
  4. Extra trash? Remove it
  5. Boat set to go around noon
  6. User gets to keep cloth
  7. Leaders of group embracing a hopeless case
  8. Low pervert took a leak
  9. Actor Sharif can be seen in Cromarty
  10. Ready to kick about Republican being cornered
  11. Don't start sailboat circuit
  12. King's real insanity
  13. Mystery entry
  14. Skiff's reach around morning
  15. Thinly sliced with last of pith removed and preserved
  16. Retired one, in person, playing with Earl
  17. Gore with weapon causes fright
  18. Milliner's broken heart keeps true
  19. Catch a bit of sleep: forty winks
  20. Artist Revere, running, covers miles
  21. Frontiersmen having a row
  22. Advise a senior about facility
  23. Fire Frank and Capp
  24. Bird the French claim


  1. A frog, say, has latter part of male primate beginning to rumble
  2. Display of nut food
  3. About to get uranium to harden
  4. Neglect is the essence of comity
  5. Ex Dolphin Dan playing in Roma
  6. Ruler put son in warehouse
  7. A decent reformation made into law
  8. Rational beginnings of some ancient native enterprises
  9. Partly mend or secure support
  10. Jacket left in Eritrea
  11. Distance over ME is recalculated
  12. Opposite of Peter's oral outburst
  13. Single guy has energy to put on a show
  14. Top male in space is replaced by female
  15. One inside house is kind of pale
  16. Pitcher in time changing paces
  17. Feel at ease having to give a lift
  18. Extract nitrogen from and devastate a giant geographical zone
  19. Little David embracing mythical queen
  20. Papa, accompanied by rabbi, is beginning to manage a light bender
  21. Decapitate polyp by mouth
  22. Shrub viper becoming aroused and tense
  23. Married tenor humping teacher
  24. District needs me badly