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Puzzle #207 September 2018  "A Friendly Puzzle"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to ten 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. Six answers won't fit in the grid unless three of their letters are compacted into a single square, the same three letters in each case. 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. Mom or dad chewed ripe almond
  2. Manly one consists in active liver
  3. Rod loosening about freer tempo
  4. Measure duration of discharge backwards
  5. More chaotic city
  6. Takeout country
  7. Twist revival started in EU country
  8. Wild René's energy is peaceful
  9. Golfer's move for a piece of furniture
  10. Handle and blow about fifty
  11. Diminish town in look
  12. Drop a line about precious stone
  13. Don faltering in old Irish to say okay
  14. Call on Ernie to harbor a recluse
  15. Is it after 5? Go pay a call
  16. Endlessly studded, improved, and cleaned
  17. Sign of Captain's return
  18. Ship carries Native American set
  19. Iron shields Eric when upset and raging
  20. Erecting right off when aroused is hereditary
  21. Net mistakenly seen to hold one
  22. Bustling Merida earns esteem
  23. Pontifical money: a lira


  1. Antiquity holds simple rewritten document
  2. Old southeastern river
  3. Part of accreted network
  4. A ten-degree change is corrupt
  5. Rule-breaking attraction
  6. Deft tuning of radio takes time
  7. Forged iron encasing silver and colophony
  8. Odd rumor about a snare, for instance
  9. None upset in bright lights
  10. Fitting reversal leads to overflow
  11. Only flying bees will get fat
  12. Preposterous plea for a picket
  13. Approximate times wasted and consumed  
  14. Drove her daughter
  15. Force, anger, and passion
  16. Praetoria's rock
  17. Bill stirring vino with ice
  18. Rabid vole ingests game bird in Germany
  19. Impediment conceals coin
  20. Projection of land ends in turnaround
  21. Aware of a section of Edmonton
  22. Dry succession of ecological communities
  23. Edgar is early, about to get up
  24. Leader dancing in rap clip