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Guest Puzzle September 2016  "Self Reflection" by Arthur Schless

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to ten letters; eight are capitalized, two are foreign, and one is a variant spelling) 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 (except in one instance), and down words that don't end at the bottom continue in the next column. Five across words and five down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is removed. Those ten letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a word related to the mystery entry.  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. Fat pair devoured dessert
  3. Most ampoules will contain postage
  4. Bird dog beheaded
  5. Milt and I coordinated to govern
  6. Age of liberals
  7. Reward first of the responders with brewed tea
  8. Relax misdirected zeal
  9. Courageously concealing intense anger
  10. Airline company train meets Gore
  11. New deal for a chemical element
  12. Spiritual transgressor sheds sin originally
  13. Animal situation has upset religion
  14. Rodrigo rolled dice with beginner's luck
  15. Improperly expose heavenly body
  16. Ask about new tie
  17. Type of rhododendron that almost has a radiance
  18. Inappropriate section for ads
  19. I replace uncle in fog center
  20. English rage for Irish lingo
  21. Frank diarist
  22. Try to please young chital
  23. Have ice melted for gain
  24. Negate illegal vote
  25. Unusually errant 17th century dissident


  1. Change a door front at apartment
  2. Laos sabotaged too
  3. Oval shaped for Norwegian King
  4. "Snap," QB Drew shouted
  5. Poet wasted 500 to buy into game
  6. Arranging law-free relief
  7. Drug lamb I endangered internally
  8. A Red agent fired catcher Taylor
  9. Intelligence service will get no greeting
  10. Chamberlain's flop
  11. Glider flown by one who applies gold
  12. Tracer explosion caused depression
  13. Open Casey's package
  14. Al Hess heated in quarrel
  15. Imagine I removed confused puzzle
  16. First A., for example
  17. Refuse loan in elder abuse
  18. Side of processed meat 
  19. Root vegetable delineated in Haftarot
  20. Style manual's communication device
  21. Clever millionaire holds red pigment
  22. Put off injecting cervid with fluoride