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Puzzle #195 August 2017  "No Exit"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to nine 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. Six across words and six down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those twelve 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. Distance over me has to be changed
  2. Introduction of novel free cap
  3. Quiet without capacity for plant genus
  4. One in oval playing instrument
  5. Visionary takes time to guide
  6. Hear cry for dance
  7. Not talking about one new memorandum
  8. Fur sustains relative
  9. A March exam is neither good nor bad
  10. Talk about the French lodge
  11. Mystery entry
  12. School preference or choice
  13. Handle $1000 lasso
  14. Singer has singular muscle
  15. Creature about to have a meal
  16. Rap Charlie's chapeau
  17. Velocity's one vehicle
  18. Muppet overwhelmed by travel motion
  19. Rod's bird losing range
  20. After shuffling, please pass
  21. No rest troubled ancient Greek warrior
  22. Stinking? Don't start to complain
  23. Raise the roof about outer space


  1. Sound of one star exploding with energy
  2. E sharp spoiled short musical passage
  3. Trip and semi-somersault
  4. I am one going crazy in alienation
  5. I tottle mad with ecstasy in a gown
  6. Romeo: Leo playing the part
  7. British contest will get support
  8. Victor's ever active liveliness
  9. Responds by smashing a crest
  10. Stranger with a claim
  11. Check brother replacing wife in promenade
  12. Papparazzi online about heaven
  13. A revised paper issue
  14. Henry, in essence, is a piece of work
  15. Danger of rod in loose pile
  16. Quiet one glowed
  17. Get rid of contents of closet
  18. People flock in disarray after child leaves
  19. Amalgam containing a diatom, for example
  20. Iron, for instance, could be involved in comet alignment
  21. Emil running with R. Bannister, e.g.
  22. Color of false note
  23. Cocaine damaged Annie's tooth
  24. Game score fluctuating around 100