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Puzzle #176 January 2016  "Cousins"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from four to eleven letters, five 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. Four across words and three down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those seven letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a word related to 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. Physical layer is inverted
  3. Test without a bomb
  4. Tasty bit of sesame seasoned ovary
  5. Milliner's merchandise
  6. Rod game
  7. Settler dismantled frame
  8. Musical instrument of endless beauty
  9. A timeless death: felled at the front
  10. A woman's breast to Hero is exotic
  11. Wave's hollow part
  12. Pay Earl to replace one leaving Friday after being fired
  13. Brought back prophet's body
  14. Runners kiss in flight
  15. Tie up and beat Eli with pistol
  16. Style of salad is nice mixed with a bit of olive
  17. Fly around Lima powered by the sun
  18. Discontinued facility in west Washington
  19. Transformed tensor represents at first something that's very difficult
  20. Around the end of March a tram crushed the last passenger pigeon
  21. Mystery entry


  1. Bad boys die to break the law
  2. A large person is unaccompanied
  3. Sign doesn't include retired manufacturer
  4. Look of lead beginning to emote
  5. Center's new greeting at start of life
  6. Baseman, a remarkable being, will make an error
  7. Rearrange lair to suit
  8. Chaney holding a temporary gift
  9. Saracen servant holding a thurible
  10. Sailor's ire worried primate
  11. Mistress has to deal with male gonosome
  12. Smell of topless Hellene
  13. Mae shaken up after Charlie climaxed
  14. Goodbye, Dale
  15. Goodbye from Spain, said Dotty with love
  16. Bar a mishap involving René d'Herblay
  17. Stressed about having no beginning course
  18. Seven in thirty might encompass a musical interval
  19. Before death, turbulent life will get put in order
  20. They will endlessly embrace an Anglo Saxon freeman
  21. Prosimian's remains initially covered by polluted soil
  22. Female person taking in an old western
  23. Write graffiti on middle of wall with five sides