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Puzzle #204 June 2018  "Heretic"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eight letters and seven 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. Six across words and six down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is removed. Those twelve letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a three-word phrase related to the mystery entry and the title of the puzzle. 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. Bloody steep tempo for musical group
  2. Gail swimming in Arizona river
  3. Hits lacking true stars
  4. Quixotically aspire to acclaim
  5. Left bedtime as an obligation
  6. Determined components of crated junk
  7. Running polar route gives room
  8. Bar free movement
  9. Composure of a place mob battered
  10. Dish incorporating a sense of taste
  11. Rodent found in German kitchen utensil
  12. Mystery entry
  13. Plain about one's being persevering
  14. Translation of Reno's language
  15. Fogs disabled ten cars
  16. Coward in canoe languishes
  17. Walk or run a step without power bursts
  18. Center of the year
  19. Contest takes time for child to evaluate
  20. A clasp yielding an amount of pressure
  21. Drag drill
  22. Effective island turnaround
  23. Hugo's carefully holding cichlid fish
  24. Miami's not the same after losing one prayer leader


  1. Supreme limbus shifted east
  2. Contraption restraining carriage
  3. Crooked old box
  4. Naughty bairn's name
  5. Regal psalm about mountain chain
  6. Scrap men involved in illegal graft
  7. Prepared odd bits of spelt
  8. Care plan worked out in conversation
  9. Croce upset over error in blackjack
  10. Change noose after removing head
  11. Stir, act up, and eat on the run
  12. Moving in: let's provide cheap decoration
  13. Premium silver satellite
  14. Swatted one fly, which is a crime
  15. Japanese band orbits wildly, timelessly
  16. New gear in vogue
  17. Wander over aimlessly
  18. Nothing idle repaired or lubricated
  19. Writing of power and color
  20. Fleet Adam ran freely without pain at the end
  21. A pell trimmed for collar part
  22. Kid starting to rest
  23. Excited otter restraining a wheel
  24. Same ugly scar