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Puzzle #184 September 2016  "Contrapunctus"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eleven letters, five are capitalized, and one is a prefix) 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 seven 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 a four-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. Mystery entry
  2. Unlawfully tapes oral musical performance
  3. Angel he drowned in raging Rubicon
  4. Starts to build all new kitchen heap
  5. Locus of centers of curvature at the midpoint, discerned by very old instrument
  6. Voice veto is invalid
  7. Laid back face
  8. Strip of gutta-percha
  9. Fancier turnaround before town uprising
  10. Second period fluids
  11. Outrageous price: about fifty a copy
  12. Dash of melancholy
  13. Talked about animal in show
  14. Prize Christmas carol about bishop
  15. Leading progression around Arkansas
  16. Come across Flipper, dead
  17. Rare metallic element containing hydrogen
  18. Cheated wife leaves, making long tiresome speech
  19. Trim father loses dollar
  20. Prevent ruminant ingesting shirt
  21. Put back, reset, or reformed
  22. Go see six pose
  23. Martial artist Nate is zero help in turn
  24. Design Tesla's first factory


  1. Movie about rat's energy and violence lacking one kindly action
  2. Something to drink, something to sleep on
  3. Wild dog in action
  4. Clapton is partly American
  5. Bad, nasty, vile
  6. One hundred bid for treasury
  7. Narrow passage, empty of menace, is nothing
  8. Abe did badly and stayed put
  9. Henry in coat gives way to Peter in drag
  10. Observed and heard something on stage
  11. Letter included among epsilons
  12. Toss horn over border
  13. Cruel ground
  14. Read a table containing facts and figures
  15. Principal holds independent instrument
  16. Southern tours rerouted after 1st of April
  17. Unknown one in region
  18. Petite flower part for a cat
  19. Byword for part of speech
  20. Ride around end of long crest
  21. Birthing of large wild boar
  22. Merit of learning
  23. Rate a vault faulty from end to end
  24. Squash isn't ripe, unspoiled, or clean