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Puzzle #151 December 2013  "Turning Point"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to nine letters, four are capitalized, one is foreign, and one a prefix) 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. Seven across words and seven down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those fourteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell two words appropriate to the season.  Thanks to Kevin Wald for test-solving and editing this puzzle.ving 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. Pulverize Democrat in authority
  2. Narrative of attorney holding broken arm
  3. State dress is light
  4. Scenery stored in wide corridor
  5. Harvest ofYorkshireapples
  6. Oat pie laced with narcotic
  7. Device used to support small shelter
  8. Aim of sailor: having offspring
  9. Having wings, a teal will fly
  10. Amusing puppet holding rod
  11. Old Roman label: women only!
  12. Act of French education
  13. One leaving lodge for a dance
  14. Peter's mad for Meryl
  15. Container and vehicle weight
  16. Hesitate about author getting dispensation
  17. Listeners in rehearsal
  18. Penny pincher keeps 50 in tray
  19. Endlessly sanitary, working craftsperson
  20. Body having feeling without sight at first
  21. Coarse Mama embracing rabbi
  22. Guy consumed eastern sea cow
  23. The Spanish act is jivey and springy

Down

  1. Top ten in training to get strong
  2. Subjected to force, daughter split
  3. No charge to speak
  4. French student beginning to note the number of players on a soccer team
  5. Having nothing for excellent expert to take on
  6. Pederast, assailed by English, is without hope
  7. Bad or awful food
  8. Container's capacity grade
  9. Expert involved in payment reduction is shameless
  10. Ruminants come back for grass
  11. Hammarskjöld is inMadagascar
  12. Rope defaced a trail
  13. Science report about part of a bird's beak
  14. Count William
  15. Start to turn nest around in test
  16. Start of word signifying acid-like coat sprayed around end of pipe
  17. Defeat of Mussolini's return
  18. Pastry sailors originated in South Pacific islands
  19. Society of fellows starting science academy
  20. Let rats run amok in alarm
  21. Small, pale bird
  22. Carmen is murdered by tenor villain
  23. A new scale defines northeastern part of France