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Puzzle #145 June 2013  "Obstruction"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to nine letters, four are capitalized, and one is a two-word phrase) 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. Three across words and three down words won't fit in  the grid unless they are compacted. In addition, four across words and four down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those eight letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a three-word phrase related to the compacted parts of the compacted words.  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?]

Across

 

  1. Tactile organ initially lifted a rod with weights
  2. Ali ain't fightin' Marciano, for one
  3. Turn right around in back to call up a supernatural creature
  4. Father's beginning to notice a salamander
  5. Mental entropy conceals natural ability
  6. Poet unhappy about meter and pace
  7. Lure drops a little
  8. French leader's reformation of government
  9. Element from end of iron age
  10. Looked like Brees, running around team's end, was out in front
  11. None fled a Mediterranean city
  12. Dude goes around naked in nightclub
  13. Done fooling about atomic number 12
  14. Hang dead fish
  15. Majesty's having fun
  16. Cad embraces German philosopher
  17. Children mature suddenly
  18. Hardy's love organ
  19. Dislike being badly settled without land
  20. Courses won't begin March 15th, e.g.
  21. Record of one life in retrospect
  22. Disgraced by false pledge, essentially
  23. Room inMonticello
  24. Key rendezvous for thirsty astronauts

Down

 

  1. Bishop once more embracing rabbi in agreement
  2. First lady, wearing red, getting fastened
  3. Wagered about 50 in a stroke
  4. Rod ending run in time to move around
  5. Reporter's observed part of act
  6. Foilsman making 100 pence as a guard
  7. Iron cord for a cat
  8. Energy in burn gets measured
  9. Article from purse is exchanged for one bird
  10. Official end re-set around 1st of April
  11. Cage is tight at first for string player
  12. Garbo and me battling Prohibition
  13. Set back by row, becoming more irritable
  14. Beauty featured in Bachelor Magazine
  15. Talks back in dispute
  16. Milk drink initially made by Gore and Kennedy
  17. Exchange includes hard, fissile rock
  18. Presented a case of triple damages
  19. Juliet and Oscar tango before starting another dance
  20. Paddling once around a dugout
  21. Deer John or Jane
  22. Insect ingesting fruit for nourishment
  23. Gutless Barnaby goes around madhouse, coming back drunk
  24. Auxilliary story of a bride's confusion