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Puzzle #203 May 2018  "Solve"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eleven letters, one is foreign, 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 eight down words won't fit in the grid unless  one of their letters is omitted. Those sixteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a five-word phrase related to the title and 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. Distilled beer gave something to drink
  2. Cover in college duel – that's illegal
  3. Trouble nurse for garnish
  4. This haddock has ingested fish
  5. Bread register
  6. Harry Rod embracing school
  7. Odile bungled a formerly popular song
  8. Fruit time
  9. Merrymaking exposes adult being absent
  10. Slackened and wrongly entered about 50
  11. Sword of the peerage
  12. Concentrated tennis played with energy
  13. Embarrassed holding tapestry
  14. Mail goes astray in Peruvian city
  15. Bushy clump contains a repulsive critter
  16. Misrepresent book by Wiesel
  17. Prepares a porridge having flavor
  18. Rode randomly around cape for scenery
  19. Slight depression in lair beginning to tell
  20. Fresher in underpants
  21. Lodging of sinners
  22. Second move for business establishment
  23. Whole retinue disbanded after uncle leaves
  24. Mystery entry


  1. Sound of rotting rubble
  2. Explicit recipes fouled up
  3. Old doe meandering to kill time
  4. Capp, single and solitary
  5. Poor slave carrying one suitcase
  6. Step without a movement
  7. Require train to come back for Hector
  8. Idler getting aggravated and annoyed
  9. Sharpen tip of razor held in check
  10. Richards denies being in trouble
  11. Unlikely hero taking on a jetport
  12. Spanish German brewer?
  13. Writer holds English hammer part
  14. Small covering for surgical device
  15. Protective space is reversed in minor part
  16. Monitor silent commotion
  17. Has to attempt capturing ermine
  18. Dwell in this place
  19. Wild rage about West Indies insect
  20. Minded clown covering error
  21. Color of male snake
  22. Hang around ancient relic
  23. Deprived father wearing cap