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Puzzle #180 May 2016  "As You Like It"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to fourteen letters, and three 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 six down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those thirteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell two words that represent the theme of the puzzle. In addition, two cells in the grid are occupied by whole words, a different one in each case. 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. Dynamic mike is the tool in the first part of the line
  2. Spoken part of pastorale
  3. Constrict stuff with pressure
  4. Strip and strike with energy
  5. Carmen dislikes having to make repairs
  6. Roof projections shelter first of early birds
  7. Compel safety to be end in soccer scrimmage
  8. Tied the day before at noon
  9. Intensely righteous about Testament
  10. One getting out of cart is pale
  11. Teasing straightened a bent rod
  12. Helper keeps silver out of the way
  13. A timeless phase for Herb
  14. Dollars for quarters
  15. Bird king takes it easy at first
  16. Back not having Sabbath for worship
  17. Loses crumbled sediment
  18. Chuck emerged with no goal to atone for
  19. Courteous cops will have time for children
  20. Pet vomits a green plant
  21. Time to muse
  22. Question Mr. Carney while drinking up two pints
  23. Former river in Puerto Rico
  24. Fired rocket--duly, abruptly, and totally
  25. Insurer is knowledgeable about the chances of injury


  1. "Shoot moose," I tell Dick in the second part of the line
  2. Error marred club's solar system model
  3. Penny is wrong to get out of shape
  4. Wildly excited, get egg out of cassava
  5. Moisten odd bits of wheat
  6. Result of mad queen's losing new line
  7. Cervids around Nova Scotia are more crowded together
  8. Lift weight of dog: 50
  9. To transfer title is part of precedent
  10. Bear shot and stripped
  11. Aperitif fit for a king
  12. A grave confusion causes great damage
  13. Jeter's bad stuff, including error
  14. Get even for a victory Gene scored
  15. Old-timer holding small dress
  16. The archaic fellows in Arab country
  17. Plant in street
  18. Priest converted pixie
  19. Very steep turn
  20. Value of consumer items
  21. A clavus is a nut
  22. Sailor, I see, is half primate
  23. A tot photo messed up--that's something nobody wants to handle
  24. Karl roasted bird