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Guest Puzzle September 2017  "Swirl" by Arthur Schless

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. Eight across words and six down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is removed. Those fourteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell two words related to the mystery entries. (Thank you, John,, for always steering me in the right direction.) If you are having trouble printing these puzzles, you can download an Adobe Acrobat version of the puzzle and grid.


  1. Mystery entry part 4
  2. Smoke covers open shelter
  3. Composed when hearing habitual repetition
  4. Senior scratching head of Hawn
  5. Dairy product contributing to sobriety
  6. Disagreeable foul-up envelops Republican
  7. Excited Elsie gave up piece of eight for necklaces
  8. Come to rest couch as Lucius takes Earl's place
  9. Control dominion after guard leaves
  10. Saw and hurried around island
  11. Configured tiara into lasso
  12. Greek name of Lion King star
  13. In short order, other items not mentioned
  14. Countryman holding drupe
  15. Assassinate Don I roughed up
  16. Knot is poorly done
  17. English singer's emblem
  18. Crazy egghead's a burglar
  19. Starling of many moves
  20. Manage restraining horse
  21. No pastry for Taylor
  22. Large deer is gloomy when deprived of run
  23. German leaves boat naked
  24. Glide around north with echolocation
  25. Mystery entry part 2


  1. Mystery Entry Part 1
  2. Old raven flying above earth
  3. Salamander went astray
  4. Different, oddly enlisted characters
  5. Ornamented wig found in shtetel
  6. Alongside a controlling body
  7. Understands candle holder lacks energy at the end
  8. Chaos as fun takes an unexpected turn
  9. Vanity of initially fruitful benefit
  10. Lear went head over heels for British nobleman
  11. Picture card of Basque entourage
  12. Picture of a gem I chiseled
  13. Races' hats
  14. Virginia's dressing
  15. Derisive look of prophet holding net
  16. Grasp Odessa's fine china
  17. Whoopee surrounding return of literary bear
  18. Initially, Wittgenstein, Ives, Stern, Einstein, and Newton get smart
  19. Convincing company man
  20. Wooded territory grass
  21. Strange images containing T or S shape
  22. Mystery Entry Part 3