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Puzzle #156 May 2014  "Come to Your Senses"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to seven letters, and five 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. Why the title? 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. Note in writing gives assurance
  2. Omit cover between ends
  3. Day off Wednesday frolicking in country
  4. Feed cat mixture without a bug
  5. Garment ripped off
  6. American Repertory Theatre production, for instance
  7. Announcement of king's game
  8. Question after fluid is found in container
  9. State of alluvia initially found in deposit
  10. Don't eat blubber covering head of salmon
  11. Essentially putting fuel to work
  12. Fool a shortstop
  13. Each breakup is a pain
  14. Eager to set a trend
  15. Rene's withering expression of contempt
  16. Calm stock exchange day
  17. Humble majority around Delaware
  18. Likewise in rural societies
  19. A device to lift all, finally, at any time
  20. Iron-containing pigment found in Ephemera
  21. Dupe swaps $1000 for part; that's a drag
  22. Travel bareback around island
  23. Spoke about cubic root
  24. Teller of tales has bird going back
  25. One in tree is up in a losing position

Down

  1. Bird drops 500 meters in China to get nut
  2. Outstanding street singer's range
  3. Force opening of secret lock
  4. Easygoing author left quietly
  5. Class of accommodation having an upholstered couch
  6. Coward embraces victor in fictional work
  7. Demetrius has joined
  8. Comedy without the essence of art is effrontery
  9. I was first to go around an eatery
  10. One half-buck image
  11. Thin curve
  12. Grab a seat with a bottom
  13. Hydrogen in an excited state disappears after a while
  14. Cut part of mold is red
  15. A hideaway in Pine Street
  16. 50 in change given up for second flower
  17. Escorted a queen of Sparta
  18. Potassium minerals are found in part of Asia
  19. One who injures a mule is beaten with rod
  20. Core men replacing Republican in question
  21. Dad initiated break in trend
  22. Salem's brew
  23. A small number started canning jelly
  24. Deft in a move to become resistant
  25. Papa's left a small bag for a jeweled brooch