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Puzzle #196 September 2017  "Early Bird"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from four to eight letters, four are capitalized, and one is both foreign and 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. Seven across words and six down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those thirteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a word 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. Peter embraced by tired principal
  2. Conspicuousness spoiling a silence
  3. Perhaps rat lair is hidden in decay
  4. Acclaim without pressure will give a lift
  5. Odd, confusing clue pair
  6. Take on clip depicting Henry as king
  7. Cut and edited endless cinema
  8. Bird in sorrow losing head
  9. Dealer's corrupt boss
  10. Moving cheer about love bond
  11. Mystery word
  12. Weapon of fighting words
  13. Abide a burden, so to speak
  14. The best of one liter
  15. Crackpot at opera eating a tuber
  16. Name of woman in action
  17. A porter, having imbibed ecstasy, will struggle to make a speech
  18. Tutee, terrified, about to vacillate
  19. Walker's random ramble
  20. Timeless, bustling capital located at the top
  21. Hector holding large machete
  22. Vehicle going around a pile of rocks will get a reward


  1. Rod this month is getting cold, you know
  2. Manage translating Pater into Old English
  3. Nameless model's idle speech
  4. Humor a linguist about word of mouth
  5. Prevent Charlie taking part in lead-in
  6. Town mob destroyed vault
  7. Pretty woman's love turns to child in trunk
  8. Fly annoyed bawler
  9. Maud crashes Russian assembly
  10. Turnaround of native's interior life story
  11. Phyllo serving has to be beaten
  12. Island resort's fallen idol
  13. Carry a little liquor electronically
  14. Mutinous ship carries national dog
  15. Enlarge traveling public
  16. Look without beginning to see weed
  17. Swilling liter to get drunk again?
  18. Variations involving a vocal solo
  19. Lie flapping in creel
  20. Hear appeal for victim
  21. Name of island in the past
  22. It's not a bad place
  23. Scatter a bit of rice in goulash
  24. Count on Pete illegally holding 10 and 100