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Puzzle #206 August 2018  "Naturalist"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to  ten letters and six 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 word related to the mystery entries 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. Mystery entry
  2. One day wandering around Newton is relaxing
  3. Bone turns me off
  4. Devastation is in part immense
  5. Actual money
  6. Terminate confusion about overtime for doll
  7. Swill and cider for elimination
  8. Histrionics involving divorced Hindu deity
  9. Parks right outside of odious area
  10. Priestess has substituted acid for hydrogen gas
  11. Mystery entry
  12. More or less a contest
  13. Red rat upset dealer
  14. Eddy starts to surge while in rapid lift
  15. Nasty, cruel, singular sores
  16. Nitrogen retained in cracked test tube
  17. Bouchard and Hackman taking in Italian beginner
  18. Harry loses head for web-footed mammal
  19. Priestess's lover sacrifices nephew to become head honcho
  20. Belief about air temperature brought to life
  21. Certain aspect of measurement
  22. Mystery entry


  1. Plead for wild avocet after a bad ending
  2. Inappropriately and roundly beaten, without right or love, after starting up
  3. Show scorn and endlessly resent when upset
  4. Calcium oxide fruit
  5. Let Harry tender
  6. Bracero trapping snake
  7. Ace has no pressure to bring to bear
  8. Steiger and Wilson in roundup
  9. I will get out of carriage to hunt
  10. English birds in roof overhang
  11. Idler mixing nut tar
  12. Wear more covering protection
  13. Vapor doesn't have a base
  14. Daniel resurrected an ancient islander
  15. Hook southern duck
  16. Lumberman encloses a raised bank
  17. Crazy Warren exchanges penny for new storage compartment
  18. Rent trouble gives rise to a storm
  19. Poor Belinda loses a blanket stick
  20. Actress Dern's Latin air
  21. Stored, arranged,  and classified
  22. Give about 1001 for control
  23. Smallest slate is damaged