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Puzzle #194 July 2017  "Sleuth"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eleven letters, and four 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. Nine across words and eight down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those seventeen 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. Reign of crackpot alien
  2. Voice of a Briton moving with energy
  3. Bare sink containing plant exudate
  4. Yesterday pronounced bucolic
  5. Pot containing rare edible plant
  6. Seaweed basin
  7. Bastion of comforts
  8. Name of city domicile
  9. Cut encircling part and join
  10. Partisan built around island
  11. Mystery entry
  12. Makes very sympathetic final auditors
  13. Agreement to include chapter design
  14. Millicent wearing diamonds
  15. Animal guide
  16. Clear, non-rigid inner self
  17. After running, stop
  18. Function of roster in speech
  19. Language of men in rear
  20. Samuel confined and exhausted
  21. Now or never having tired
  22. Drink as do bats
  23. Worried Sue cares for a halt


  1. Power of full core when reassembled
  2. Exceptional place is . . . exceptional
  3. Dials on a radio involving echolocation
  4. Nothing reflected Ed getting wrinkled
  5. Extra large mushroom
  6. Discovery is part of belief in dreams
  7. Bug backing up gets into water again
  8. Bird took coca to get dizzy
  9. Brewing regal beer
  10. Stifle radicals having wild spree
  11. Expiration of soprano trashing tunes
  12. Nasty beast eating small dog
  13. Bone turning up again
  14. Carbon in the German coal
  15. Horse turned around for run through
  16. Single lifeless rock
  17. Ship has nothing for one solitary guy
  18. Boxer with a second assumed identity
  19. Welcome weather
  20. Said burden is to remain
  21. Returned Gabor's greeting
  22. Name of the Spanish/French sea
  23. Most ovens will contain a kiln
  24. Trickle of rubber in sink
  25. Cask having earth and air