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Puzzle #209 November 2018  "Hooha"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eleven letters, six 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. Five across words and five down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is removed. Those ten letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a word related to 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. Rob stirred up laughter in hubbub
  2. Harsh verse ridden with error
  3. Barren openness surrounding a city
  4. Ancient Iranian of prime descent
  5. Instant drag
  6. Speaker constrained by moratorium
  7. Native American leaf basket
  8. Approach of tailless comet
  9. Trace elusive answer
  10. Trio in action is something very funny
  11. Madness overcomes the Spanish First Lady
  12. Mystery entry
  13. Poor Nelly, having zilch, is desolate
  14. Tacky temporary living quarters
  15. Otto shaken up in a drinking binge
  16. Appear to weave
  17. Cook gets nothing for a place to sleep
  18. Guard freed Ned unlawfully
  19. Cat on rampage eating union bird
  20. Region includes new sports field
  21. Major land owner owns a city
  22. Fool led astray about Republican nonsense


  1. Caps of bay trees trimmed
  2. Spoils instrument that's been returned
  3. Brother in block is replaced by child porter
  4. Male in temper becomes hard criminal
  5. Lizard moving alone
  6. Eastwood embraces English customer
  7. Last fragment under earth
  8. Zinc on eye covering photoreceptor
  9. Bundle a flag around a sheet
  10. Lecherously surrounds celebrity
  11. Get along having a claw
  12. Nora's odd color
  13. Mistakenly mean a word of approval
  14. Sitter gives up millions for year to sing
  15. Popular railway inn
  16. String of priceless diamonds
  17. Fix May's messy den
  18. Love in Latin city turned around
  19. Niagara contains this gelatinous stuff
  20. Warren's wild interior is uncommon
  21. Faulty snare traps Earl Williams
  22. Drove and made fast around town
  23. Biblical farmer or warring Inca
  24. Bad eggs in Puerto Rico
  25. Cloudy covers at break
  26. Dirty channel's gulf becomes small