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Guest Puzzle December 2017  "Lightning" by Arthur Schless

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to twelve letters; four are capitalized, one is foreign, and one is an abbrevitaion) 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 removed. Those thirteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a two-word phrase related to the title and the mystery entries. Thanks to John for making this puzzle shine. If you are having trouble printing these puzzles, you can download an Adobe Acrobat version of the puzzle and grid.


  1. Mystery entry
  2. Fuel bin adrift with large tuna
  3. Rumor has year turning out poorly
  4. Say "Be aware of us" in survey
  5. Actor in a torn garment
  6. Wise guy I included in taxon
  7. Dust off upright support
  8. Drayage reassessed for distance
  9. Sharp Crosby grasping IT
  10. Harry upset arrangement
  11. Mystery entry
  12. Complain vehicle parked upfront
  13. Bolger took train for race
  14. Building block of male gonads
  15. Stunt failed after losing rubber
  16. Salve made from arecaceae Paul left for             brother
  17. Place for each menu, finally
  18. I left older person for Mexican gent
  19. Weapon kept in Indian dwellings
  20. Recap tumultuous adventure
  21. Murdoch's flower
  22. Follow railroad line
  23. Impertinent coward Anita replaced Ivy
  24. Cotton's thermal conversion without latent heat
  25. Mystery Entry


  1. Deluge of distorted modern truths
  2. Wait a minute; the tea is brewing
  3. Shrub in Calabria replanted
  4. Unusual augular rocket
  5. Enzyme best erased internally
  6. Touch some of  Spalpeen's innards
  7. Proposition crazy sister to pay rupee for heroin m
  8. Lad to keep up in speech
  9. Only mother is French
  10. Antiseptic found in disorganized cabinet
  11. Bailey at end of day is very pale
  12. Offense to argue arbitrarily
  13. Climax came after transposition
  14. Judge in Arcadia
  15. Scorpion involves concern, in brief
  16. Odd feast characterized by security
  17. Ingenuous and unusually fain
  18. Eats cooked heart
  19. Family guard is sovereign
  20. Reformed greasers are yes-men
  21. Vessel scene revised at range
  22. Translate "pass" in hard language