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Puzzle #185 October 2016  "Poker Hand"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from four to ten letters, two are capitalized, and two are 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 four down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those eight letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell two words related to 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. School turmoil leads to heat
  2. Base, angry, incoherent utterance describing goose
  3. Clairvoyant Troy turning around corners
  4. Get German file
  5. I erase messiness requiring less effort
  6. Saw dog in lead
  7. Anger is part of sacrilege
  8. Angle king takes Charlie's place in dash
  9. Bee dad smashed turned into small spheres
  10. Go among invaders in Rome
  11. Nine shouted "No" in German
  12. Mystery entry 3-4,4
  13. Joined without one getting spoiled
  14. Split payment
  15. Vocally provoke moderate
  16. Novel series has more
  17. Amos goes back for body
  18. Where one does research about mole-curing salve
  19. Conductor, maybe; most are bad
  20. Placed and used it at Bedlam
  21. Continue, for examle, to feed Sue
  22. Phyllis died sicker
  23. Big gander loses energy flying


  1. Leadership status of fashionable renegades in comeback
  2. Dear, bi-curious, patient person
  3. Anise cultivated in a Tuscan town
  4. Sick cattle imbibing iodine might become touchy
  5. The Spanish and the German superior
  6. Imitate ratite of the recent past
  7. In daydream, one is lost for love
  8. Mark brews for boys
  9. Left out of actor's regular petition
  10. Subsequent activation of alert
  11. Guard rook stricken dead and levelled
  12. Visionary witness taken out of drainpipe
  13. Destitute king wearing torn robe
  14. Groom uncle out of compulsion
  15. Victor, in anger, hammered and stamped
  16. Joke judge is Latin
  17. Remove part of camera's eyepiece
  18. Started without heart or head
  19. Horse without head or heart, for instance
  20. Papa's direct storming forecast
  21. Climb eastern hill and quack
  22. A deb's unfortunately grounded