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Puzzle #163 December 2014  "Bouquet"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to twelve letters, two are capitalized, two are foreign, and one is hyphenated) 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.  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. Bouquet
  2. Mark on small disk
  3. Encourage dance and physical therapy
  4. Author and alien get together
  5. Decree attack must include head of army
  6. Symbol etched around trunk
  7. Our DNA has mutated backwards
  8. Reduce tension in most of frame
  9. It's turned red at first in agitation
  10. Start every day enjoying new garden
  11. Fish breached armor covering head of eel
  12. Schiller covers that in Latin
  13. Bouquet
  14. Deal to capture energy
  15. Wool spinning in Rome
  16. Mark, Oscar, Rod, and Judas
  17. Article I read about an opera house
  18. Timeless wait gets Henry in distress
  19. Small metal element beginning to yield
  20. Straight part of telephone attachment
  21. Gem arrived the first of October
  22. Wardrobe mistress takes part in Padre's service
  23. Bouquet 6-6

Down

  1. Infamy of traveling to orient before your leader
  2. Amount barely activated to produce an unstable lepton
  3. Not many said the Spanish will get food
  4. Bits of nothing in broken stem
  5. Ned's lip gets bruised turning rod
  6. Part of mysterious river in Brazil
  7. Commiserate about body fluids
  8. River run for sambar, for instance
  9. One doing badly is blue
  10. The part of christening that comes after nine
  11. Shame of devotion without a bit of empathy
  12. Beat to a pulp after cutting the top off and extract the juice from
  13. Loins of beef and heart of aurochs stored in building
  14. Many men end up capturing foe
  15. Lack of range in writing leads to affectation
  16. Reported total is an unspecified number
  17. Nuanced blues dancing includes tango
  18. Story of this author's father, essentially
  19. Take on a mess, struggling to keep up
  20. Philosopher's call for help about rattletrap
  21. Shrub tapped initially as a source of nourishment
  22. Sound coming from right propeller
  23. Erratic nonsense about intransitive rules
  24. Peter's angry in crib