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Puzzle #155 April 2014  "Spaceman"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eleven letters, and six are capitalized) 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. 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 two-word phrase related to the mystery entry.  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. Sure plan destroyed a weed
  2. Lesson about true person
  3. Duration of intermezzo
  4. Son setting rate and pattern of intervals
  5. Make a box to hold a bit of everything
  6. Dark brown bird goes around church
  7. Let large facility start to deteriorate
  8. Feel bad and run away
  9. Sheep has Don worried for no reason
  10. Rubber is left in space machine
  11. Mystery entry
  12. Runaway red steer has gone berserk
  13. Bird seen in Manitoba
  14. Person arguing about sound system
  15. Most solemn tombstone
  16. Hear a speaker about to make a harsh sound
  17. Cost of last of cheap grain
  18. Waste a kopek to get a piece of meat
  19. In opening, Mike replaces Peter as extra
  20. Conservative to go in the middle
  21. Burnt olive, a touch of teal, and lavender, for instance
  22. Fey sarcasm

Down

  1. God! The end of our big black cat
  2. Dumb girl misspelled road
  3. Crude victor over Gaul cursed by rabbi
  4. Dorene's got a Hebrew name
  5. Garment of Republican in brief drama
  6. Covered city boy
  7. Kiss a person with vigor
  8. In opening, Mike replaces Henry as spy
  9. First of girls in sex made rod deliver
  10. Partly interpolate the name of actress Negri
  11. Unfortunately reared a bookworm
  12. Youthful Rene gets rowdy after golf
  13. Massachusettsboy's a stone worker
  14. George Richards's middle name
  15. Evaluate shell
  16. English men couple and hug
  17. Delay returning note with deep uncertainty
  18. Go with new fermenting agent
  19. Range of city sounds
  20. Implement for king
  21. No rest disabled a wise old man
  22. Artist Dotty is cool about Russia's top tenor
  23. Lure of ten polished rocks
  24. In this author's account, nothing is ever initially a puzzle