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Puzzle #208 October 2018  "Early Bird"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eight letters; two are capitalized and two are 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. Seven across words and six down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is removed. Those thirteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a word 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. Mystery entry
  2. The facts of early confusion about it
  3. Insensible mark found in core
  4. Mixed claret with ecstasy and molasses
  5. Assembles copies, about 1000 + 50
  6. Task involving Chinese mineral
  7. Verified that pole wandered
  8. Repair a metal dish
  9. Harsh criticism upset Astor
  10. Torque in shape deformed flower part
  11. Mock tense relative
  12. Cock gives up egg for roll
  13. Dream of new praise
  14. Fryer prepared for shuttle
  15. Carhop's letter
  16. Inspire bird companion
  17. Identical disguise as me
  18. New Latin in soprano vocals
  19. Fleas thrive ingesting minimum
  20. Impassioned about sexual overture
  21. Mother only will embrace a wader
  22. Stoop in cramp or chill
  23. Got a tub made into a vessel


  1. Mad pilot discombobulated ambassador
  2. Pause in ceremony involving second sight
  3. 3.      Appraiser's terra infirma
  4. Tony's strangely unemotional
  5. Speed: not having it characterizes Herb
  6. Eleanor Parker holding up a smock
  7. Stop ever having to drink
  8. Mom in cart roving around paved surface
  9. Ancient country's one-moon season
  10. Sharer divided a slice of meat
  11. Mop has roughly zero soap
  12. Group once gathered at a specific time
  13. Remnant of small bucket
  14. Revival around a town in SC
  15. Spanish boy in no trouble
  16. Ridley, e.g., gets high for a time to rush
  17. Attempt awkwardly tries to include Victor
  18. Cupidity of unbridled and endless degree
  19. Wicked tormentor not removed in quake
  20. Animal fiber containing energy
  21. Mass of armor covering couch
  22. Myrna and Capp are faithful
  23. Fellow to roughen up
  24. Single existing instrument