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Puzzle #203 May 2018  "Solve"

Parentheses around a clue mean that a letter must be omitted from the answer word before it will fit in the grid. Numbers in parentheses indicate lengths of answer words. An asterisk * indicates a capitalized word and a hash mark # a foreign word.


Across

  1. (Distilled beer gave something to drink) (8)
  2. (Cover in college duel – that's illegal) (7)
  3. Trouble nurse for garnish (5)
  4. This haddock has ingested fish (4)
  5. Bread register (4)
  6. Harry Rod embracing school (6)
  7. Odile bungled a formerly popular song (5)
  8. Fruit time (4)
  9. Merrymaking exposes adult being absent (6)
  10. (Slackened and wrongly entered about 50) (8)
  11. Sword of the peerage (4)
  12. (Concentrated tennis played with energy) (7)
  13. Embarrassed holding tapestry (5)
  14. *Mail goes astray in Peruvian city (4)
  15. (Bushy clump contains a repulsive critter) (4)
  16. Misrepresent book by Wiesel (5)
  17. Prepares a porridge having flavor (5)
  18. Rode randomly around cape for scenery (5)
  19. (Slight depression in lair beginning to tell) (4)
  20. Fresher in underpants (5)
  21. Lodging of sinners (3)
  22. (Second move for business establishment) (4)
  23. (Whole retinue disbanded after uncle leaves) (6)
  24. Mystery entry (3, 3, 5)

Down

  1. (Sound of rotting rubble) (6)
  2. Explicit recipes fouled up (7)
  3. (Old doe meandering to kill time) (6)
  4. Capp, single and solitary (5)
  5. Poor slave carrying one suitcase (6)
  6. (Step without a movement) (4)
  7. Require train to come back for Hector (6)
  8. Idler getting aggravated and annoyed (5)
  9. Sharpen tip of razor held in check (5)
  10. *Richards denies being in trouble (6)
  11. *Unlikely hero taking on a jetport (5)
  12. *Spanish German brewer? (6)
  13. Writer holds English hammer part (4)
  14. (Small covering for surgical device) (5)
  15. (Protective space is reversed in minor part) (5)
  16. Monitor silent commotion (6)
  17. Has to attempt capturing ermine (5)
  18. Dwell in this place (6)
  19. Wild rage about West Indies insect (6)
  20. Minded clown covering error (5)
  21. (Color of male snake) (6)
  22. (Hang around ancient relic) (8)
  23. (Deprived father wearing cap) (6)