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Puzzle #190 March 2017  "Doctor Statistician"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eleven letters, five are capitalized, and one is 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. Seven across words and seven down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those fourteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a two-word phrase 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. Sign items have to excite
  2. Observe law and make blind
  3. Bind me in copper
  4. Grand brew brought back
  5. Former animal loses tail to get bigger
  6. Work is execrable to a peer
  7. Sculpture's height adjusted by removal of rod
  8. In 60 minutes, Henry's time for a shift
  9. in formal expression
  10. Direct renewed trust
  11. Slow down to include sign for copal, e.g.
  12. Mystery entry
  13. Nobelist author is longer ? around town
  14. True point of view in dispute
  15. Clear wrong city in theft
  16. Large arsenal has cogwheels
  17. A rustic man, Yankee singer Simon
  18. A short drive around a country in Europe
  19. View that's perceived with the ears
  20. City has ten in trouble
  21. Speak softly with police in jail
  22. Weapon of negation
  23. Go back, I hear, and sow again


  1. Discredit naughty child – every one
  2. After Peter Rosen's swinging party
  3. What's inside fermenting isn't real
  4. Cousin leaves us mint
  5. Governess expected Nan to dance
  6. Exotic reptile will have moved slowly
  7. To marry is to get dragged
  8. Bizarre street extent
  9. Misbehaving terrier loses right to withdraw
  10. Run into stop and fold
  11. Registered old hill for Turner
  12. Delight of Earl recently deceased
  13. Georgia city's wild ox
  14. Small, stylish, and hard
  15. Deal with menace sans heroin
  16. Eli turned back after Republican race
  17. Deal involving harbor boat
  18. Deleting period talk
  19. Crepes cooked without real Italian fish
  20. Shy southern fish
  21. Frame of comfort and latitude
  22. Provide next novelty in education
  23. Look of guard with weapon