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Guest Puzzle July 2017  "Indeterminacy" by Arthur Schless

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eleven letters,  eight are capitalized, and one consists of two words) 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 two words related to the mystery entries. Thanks to John for his puzzle wizardry. 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 word
  2. Verne's crazy chutzpah
  3. Minor is attractive without a bit of rouge
  4. Robot operating system
  5. Director misdirected Gore
  6. Acclaim only in spirit
  7. Reprocess latices to make them resilient
  8. Frank is partly suntanned
  9. Angry, I charge
  10. Unfortunately, only 2/3 of state is represented
  11. Be in prison and dominate without an upheaval
  12. Grade of favorite students returned
  13. Transfer part of police department
  14. Home of primarily nightingales, eagles, swallows, and terns
  15. Eat helter-skelter and drink
  16. Riot breaks out for Amos
  17. I tape disintegrating renaissance image
  18. Roland's wild love for southern city
  19. Vow about a hot state
  20. Sacks with improvised tools
  21. Babe is badly hurt
  22. Samuel's poor, troubled sleep
  23. Speaking about sharing a common origin
  24. Alcoholic ingesting hard liquor
  25. Mystery word


  1. Weakened, crumbling ruin mended
  2. Watch one rube holding a whetstone
  3. Dull meal cooked
  4. Drink to a saint
  5. Garment worn by Rabbis, one from Zagreb maybe
  6. Same eroded tableland
  7. Desire to dance with Earl
  8. Tool of vivisection
  9. Lower porch
  10. Made a mistake in border reduction
  11. Unusual treat: a home run
  12. Lounge volume encompasses circle
  13. Allie's disturbance is intestinal
  14. Elaborate talk about number
  15. I left commander to get fungicide
  16. Feline turns up, and it is silent
  17. Braggart of boastful talk and study
  18. Excoriate some of his kind
  19. Dry one running over there
  20. Nerd's endless, idiotic pride
  21. Hector under stress about Newton
  22. Idols you decimate loathsomely
  23. Knight leaves foul tunnel not rented
  24. Energy, marrow, and a small measure for a poultice, perhaps