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Puzzle #192 May 2017  "Comedy"

Parentheses around a clue mean that a letter must be omitted from the answer before it will fit in the grid. Numbers in parentheses indicate lengths of answers, and an asterisk * indicates a capitalized word.


Across

  1. *Mystery entry (7)
  2. (Pen may falter with time and consideration) (7)
  3. Repairer takes a ramble (7)
  4. (Strange topic for an eye) (5)
  5. (A ruler's oddly dreamlike) (7)
  6. State ethos includes effective means of enforcement (5)
  7. (Joyful eastern tactics changed) (8)
  8. Disavow Carter when changing  tempo (7)
  9. Essence of press matter (3)
  10. *(Traveling anaconda rejects no country) (6)
  11. *A demon partly from Arabia (4)
  12. Attractive female's date is left in lounge (4)
  13. Father's idle talk lacking one target (5)
  14. First import endlessly taxed (5)
  15. (One under-prepared to become acclimatized) (6)
  16. (Mild loss of energy by carbon and oxygen, e.g.) (7)
  17. Children look around and move slowly (5)
  18. (Pear tree disparaged in conversation) (8)
  19. *Aide's foreign name (5)
  20. Dry police chief (5)
  21. (I flail in disarray relating to sons and daughters) (6)
  22. (An untruth about king being similar) (5)
  23. *Mystery entry (4)

Down

  1. (United wild kitten with head of den) (7)
  2. Car easily covering region (4)
  3. Strip of wood covering center lock (5)
  4. (One judge will get angry) (5)
  5. (Ennui of psychic's first mark being made Tuesday) (6)
  6. Heard, appeared, and joined (6)
  7. Lift flipper, hurt and missing one part (6)
  8. Mark of small vehicle (4)
  9. Charlie with a large amount and the choicest part (5)
  10. (Flaw in western painting) (4)
  11. (Three lire found in rubbish) (6)
  12. (For example, Earth's level surface temperature) (6)
  13. *(Finally reach one uncommon African city) (6)
  14. Smart French bread (4)
  15. Fruit time (4)
  16. *South American city caught in colorful images (4)
  17. Ward off pariah after turning back (5)
  18. One of two similar nuclei is more in motion (6)
  19. Talk about Republican plan (5)
  20. (Affix on an office copy raises a storm) (7)
  21. Meat for every basket (6)
  22. *Carroll's character excited Celia (5)
  23. (Front of cliff or escarpment) (4)
  24. Adolescent grief (4)
  25. (Chase purist running around university) (7)