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Puzzle #202 April 2018  "Let's Play"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eight letters, three are capitalized, and one is foreign) 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. Four across words and four down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those eight letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a three-word phrase related to the title and the mystery entries. 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. Mystery entry
  2. Today in Spain, Ned returned for girl
  3. List time and error
  4. Study without a tunnel
  5. Okay with Gore being wrong and right
  6. Marxist identity made over
  7. Clip fastens in turn
  8. Report arrant nonsense English
  9. Ripe talk about flower part
  10. Ms Bow who acted cold when meeting Ms Croft
  11. A court corrected retired guardian
  12. Mystery entry
  13. Herb carried silver inside
  14. Made skirt to cover counter
  15. Oddly silly and foxy
  16. Number that captures start of early youth
  17. Channel arm
  18. A river perceived by the ear
  19. Struck single speck
  20. Describe one in Crete being punished
  21. Journey to ancient city
  22. Diminish crude, crude earth
  23. Old, beat, sick, and swollen
  24. Strong beer has breadth
  25. Mystery entry


  1. Her age will keep it a tradition
  2. Don't start sulking for a walk
  3. Resigned after losing one is obvious
  4. Color of run ended badly
  5. $1,000 held by cranky older tenant
  6. Made a ruckus about loved one
  7. Unfair race for a plot of land
  8. A radius on each sphere
  9. Henry has to be wrong to get German title
  10. Faulty details I left out remained
  11. Start of big jump for dog
  12. Rank amateur embraces singer Paul
  13. Lift weight of mongrel line
  14. Father's one artistic movement
  15. Featured series includes baseball team
  16. Eric ended eating grain
  17. Time to turn and put out
  18. Remove a broken table
  19. Mocking nephew in aspect
  20. Porter takes you at first for Charlie the hockey player
  21. Started without a bit of grain or noodle
  22. Incite tense jet
  23. Small, flat slab for a set of steps
  24. René goes back through opening for produce
  25. Money order good for dope