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Guest Puzzle January 2017  "Cleave" by Arthur Schless

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eleven letters, five are capitalized, one is foreign, and one is a two-word phrase) 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. Five across words and five down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those ten letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell two five-letter words related to the puzzle's title. Heartfelt thanks to JdeC for his many contributions to my puzzles not the least of which is the editing of the clues. If you are having trouble printing these puzzles, you can download an Adobe Acrobat version of the puzzle and grid.


  1. Mystery entry
  2. Representative amphibian
  3. Snollygoster covers top of head
  4. Prisoner left having few words for non-clergy
  5. Cheerful colossus's guard replaced by Rod
  6. Those conditions encompass an instant in time
  7. Head of state leaves for museum
  8. Gruesome beginnings of gangs of raucous youths
  9. Vistas I admire around continent
  10. Wrong or illegal u-turn at beginning of entryway
  11. Notice absence of young lady
  12. Abe worked around kitchen for clam event
  13. Last quaking under earth
  14. Noble Warren
  15. Pull back in fear from poisoning or lice
  16. Much of Diana's typhoid is highly unpleasant
  17. Salinger's girl is embraced by tradesmen
  18. Animal that's endlessly brazen in the wild
  19. Disheveled Casper, after rabbi left, making a scene
  20. Heaving after beheading enemy
  21. Racing vehicle caries a defined weight
  22. Moniker of inner calcareous substance
  23. Lurk on golf course starting end first
  24. Cave, corroding, got rot
  25. Contents of sterno made to engulf wanderer


  1. Scary aunt disturbed haven
  2. Some of barguests squabble
  3. Beleaguer the French following order
  4. Role takes an average amount of time
  5. Don't start to steal or erase
  6. Short and sweet reset maneuver
  7. Otto turned inside out in spree
  8. Meager net salvaged from endorsement
  9. Pro embraces new part of speech in broadcast
  10. Grain kept in minimal temperatures
  11. Our French tenor is recast
  12. Almost twelve catnap
  13. Penny leaves Ptolemy playing in multi-colored attire
  14. Shoes for animals?
  15. Return unique chemical compound
  16. Terrier scrambling in car
  17. Brother returned on ungulate
  18. Colossal insider's deficit
  19. Organ of hearing
  20. I'm inside roguish and obsequious
  21. Plant of the parsley family disseminated in sea
  22. Monkey and story teller
  23. In the middle of firing maid
  24. After animal leaves, battalion goes around in turn
  25. Oddly stained seashore