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Puzzle #205 July 2018  "Alphabet Soup"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from four to nine letters and three 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. Thirteen across words and thirteen down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is removed. Those twenty-six letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, are guess what in random order.  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. Mark fellow's level
  2. Different Virginia train derailed
  3. Deb lost us badly for sure
  4. Dislike of a particular translation
  5. Long title is inaccurate and insignificant
  6. Landing something to be apportioned right
  7. Marsh grass of southern border
  8. No law to restrain newlywed
  9. Leafstalk oil Pete refined
  10. Base informer urchin
  11. Grafton's float
  12. Deform or beat a straw hat
  13. Seize the French movie actress
  14. Primate of Taylor Island
  15. Hear animal noise
  16. Jack rabbit, male, found in seraglio
  17. Deadline is odd part of theorem
  18. Space dock rotates
  19. Juliet's getting into smoking reefers
  20. King Koopa's got right web software
  21. Information in all directions
  22. Answer for error in proper discharge
  23. Counsel hen to swallow head of worm
  24. Rock Quebec with twisting force


  1. Enjoin roasting of bird
  2. Head of school drops bolt
  3. Unruly setter holds up custodian
  4. Errors about zero in examination
  5. Conceal a bordello's work
  6. Improvised part for buttocks
  7. Denoted average temperature
  8. Improving one's discernment
  9. Harbor endless, fretful dislike
  10. Everything held in soaked container
  11. Fall works involving one thresher
  12. Worm turned in reed
  13. Painter now taking on a trainee
  14. Rod taking Henry's place in card game for a joint
  15. Jack leases drinking vessels
  16. Experience state's overhaul
  17. Steals ottoman wheels
  18. Trump: dysfunctional and old
  19. Watch out! Wild bear has weight and energy
  20. Albert hopes to have a place to sleep
  21. Vibrate actively, beginning to move in exact repetition
  22. Deceiving German woman's date
  23. Times for millions in realm run out
  24. Bedroom zone redone in olive brown color