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Puzzle #191 April 2017  "Film Noir"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to nine letters, and eight are capitalized) 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. Eight across words and eight down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those sixteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a three word phrase related to the title of the puzzle and the mystery entries.  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. Weird eruption involving Mark means trouble
  3. Planet Henry will make official
  4. Singer Rogers embraces sailor in circle
  5. Crazy Pete's holding a note in gaiters
  6. Meathead
  7. Primate inhales nitrogen and has a breathing problem
  8. Remembering about glowing coal
  9. Shopping center manual has everything
  10. Coach Troy exercising in rear
  11. Airport fee: about fifty-fifty
  12. Foreigner's American claim
  13. Commotion around the French city
  14. Policeman suppressing Mike's ticket for free
  15. Panama natives having supernatural energy
  16. Mr. Bridge has gone berserk winning rubber
  17. First proper love
  18. Show without a celebration
  19. Child's toy vehicle fixing to score
  20. Cook holds right to spread
  21. Trouble maker has nothing for a sauce
  22. Ugly, ragged weapon
  23. Mystery entry


  1. Pal grabs lead bird
  2. Insipid ground meat
  3. Give fellow a telephone number
  4. Unstable particle destabilized boundless amount
  5. In favor of time and food
  6. Genuine piece of money
  7. Name of polar sea
  8. Ill-smelling herd of whales? Yes!
  9. Declarer's a low light in France
  10. Gross technology company's struggle
  11. Rode wildly around village to reach port
  12. Idle Teddy irritated aunt
  13. Tender love returned
  14. Signal state within a period of time
  15. Darts scare Dotty
  16. Cat inside of campus running wild
  17. Starting to trouble retinue
  18. Formerly part of station center
  19. Ill temper observed around Poland
  20. Spot Miros being replaced with fakes
  21. Tribe eager to hold a social event
  22. Crop rot upset supervisor
  23. Genetic unit is open or inoperative
  24. Calm in tone about China