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Puzzle #148 September 2013  "Scorecard"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to nine letters, five 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. Eight across words and seven down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those fifteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a four-word phrase related to the mystery entries.  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. Mystery entry
  2. No strap is worn around long shirt front
  3. First woman that's wasted a pardon
  4. Scene of men beginning to eat
  5. Remembered to cover a chunk of glowing coal
  6. Only about current comfort
  7. Russel flunked course
  8. Having an aromatic flavor of cumin typically
  9. Cast of female organ
  10. Hat covers Rosie's head in cable car
  11. Turning of spirits in marketplace
  12. Couch restricted until now
  13. Small opening for seed
  14. Sound of insect in shrub
  15. Partly grasp a reed that's thin
  16. Clever signal about time
  17. Singer's range of modal tonalities
  18. Little Earl is in shape
  19. Offensive article in covering removed
  20. Way setter is trained
  21. Bass and the Spanish tenor featured in strip
  22. Shoot lines in row
  23. Herpes devastated planet
  24. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Mystery entry
  2. Note: luck will get you a break
  3. Milliner's merchandise
  4. Rizzo, for instance, holds large bat
  5. Ship's cargo initially complete
  6. You report back about country
  7. Rhythm has one line
  8. Matt, a wanderer, returns
  9. Chastened with a gun
  10. Random noise produces a red powder
  11. College grad started to annoy
  12. Quickly consuming excellent banquet
  13. Running plastered without Republican support
  14. Distilled blue oil, maybe
  15. Freer, but without love, and a failure
  16. Monarch embraces holy man and thief
  17. Fragrance arising from marjoram or anise
  18. Clean, small, and without a belly
  19. Flaccid airship loses nose
  20. Reality has landed
  21. Sailor returned with bronze palm
  22. Rhetorical trashing of conifers
  23. Nuclear plant creator vilified
  24. Mystery entry