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Puzzle #193 June 2017  "Seesaw"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to seven letters, six 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. Five across words and four  down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those nine letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a three-word phrase related to the title and another three-word phrase hidden in the correctly completed grid. 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. Guardian dog before a rocky hill
  2. Studies with cheer and comfort
  3. Sailor thrashing rascal
  4. Kramer returned note
  5. First ancestor with a point of view
  6. Make old city gloomy
  7. Quit wearing a ring
  8. Guy with a soft drink
  9. Censure for rope getting snarled
  10. Weary, troubled editor deleting zero
  11. Waiter dropping rare cut
  12. Cultivate French extension
  13. Got teeth into a Kennedy fitted with a restraining device
  14. Left Ellery going around counter
  15. Round vessel ultimately became egg-shaped
  16. Gold and lead smelted in trial
  17. Laval's middle name
  18. Large menu trashed as a bore
  19. Operator's age
  20. Subset of children in Italy
  21. Everything in Spanish is fuss
  22. Made noise peeling orange
  23. Islander's orbit veering north
  24. Time exposed and talked up


  1. Ducal mix-up with Earl for a name
  2. Group includes Rod and Mark
  3. Book train in Paris for brother
  4. Recover a diode incorporating a broadcaasting device
  5. Village liar's misinterpretation is spreading rapidly over the internet
  6. Stark, ragged, limestone landscape 
  7. Ivan sat awkwardly for a painting
  8. Hymenopteran beginning to taste edible root
  9. Interest in voice judge
  10. To be very hungry will have very "in" look
  11. King or teacher
  12. Paddling once around a boat
  13. Evil spirit of bad one turning 50 into 500
  14. Conrad condemned impartiality
  15. Anuran heard and drove obliquely
  16. Root wildly for fighting bull
  17. Charlie's proposal for treasury
  18. Outer limits of notation define zenith
  19. Torn charter
  20. Wrong lead, right tree
  21. Cause doer to get accustomed
  22. Spin right instead of left in drink
  23. Muse is in over at Olga's
  24. Back room for Othello, for example
  25. Mangle crushed earth in a blend