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Puzzle #171 August 2015  "Autodidact"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to nine letters, eight are capitalized, and one is foreign) 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 six down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those thirteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a word 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. Canoe foundering in pond
  3. Moving drama about one large butterfly
  4. Relative degree and type
  5. Song or elegy played without end
  6. Fish or fly led Sam astray
  7. Collapse of demon vein
  8. Undressed in cabaret
  9. Memorandum about a syllabic unit
  10. Ermine robe covering digger
  11. Form a new kind of orbiting space tie
  12. Father holding head of hackney horse
  13. Long tormented, he ran about 1000
  14. Sound producer is going without one
  15. Act uncertainly to make changes after start of festivities
  16. Least active rising at first is less fresh
  17. Parisian thug loses Henry fast
  18. Bapu Jawaharlal embracing prayer ritual
  19. Three notes for a city in Texas
  20. Certain about tones, make a guess
  21. If Dante turned truculent . . .
  22. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Tennis team upset after losing a feeling
  2. Writer's unusual candor
  3. Ridicule brother's taking Charlie for nephew
  4. Stinger rendered inactive
  5. Runner Gordon cast sun god out of prairie
  6. Slight prod and a bit of needling
  7. Everyone in California gets a flower
  8. Pianist Schnabel in departure
  9. Assistant's bad idea
  10. Last love game replayed
  11. Patna's first mate is initially judged immoral & malfeasant
  12. One fought with vines
  13. Sail off with love for Sicilian island
  14. River of South America beginning at Rosario
  15. One in need becoming nasty and base
  16. Helen sulking about a light bender
  17. Wild mare eats black resin
  18. Greece gets a two-fold liturgical book
  19. Sign near broken trap
  20. Far Eastern travel
  21. Wild card judge misinterpreted kore
  22. Change of phase and form
  23. Glib line about air conditioning
  24. Champion of boy in distress