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Puzzle #173 October 2015  "Steerage"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eight letters, six are capitalized, 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. Three across words and three down words won't fit in the grid unless two of their letters are compacted into one cell. In addition, six across words and seven 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 three-word phrase related to the title and the compacted letters.  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. Friend returned with one new game bird
  2. Group includes rabbi for a period of time
  3. A stream is given life with uracil
  4. Pearls covering nobleman
  5. Grab hornet with dislike in the extreme
  6. Afrikaner corrals unknown dog
  7. Island of Brother Muhammad
  8. Newspaper lady mistakenly takes one
  9. Fabric center in state is large
  10. Nanny runs off with me at last
  11. Collected nothing in pass
  12. Mark made by rubber in strip
  13. Saturate small tree
  14. Courage of Christian replacing Victor in film
  15. Seaman and mates get propeller
  16. Base inundated by raging tide is a minus
  17. Dodge or deviate like crazy to lose it
  18. Papa, for example, will get a degree
  19. Fine, chemical rot
  20. Charlie takes the blame for a losing throw
  21. Drive erratically going around slue
  22. Bleaching agent, expired, getting trashed around 1st of October
  23. Met Green sloshed on the way out
  24. Strike youth with end of rail
  25. Rob managed with wine
  26. Bill gets nothing for one seed pod

Down

  1. Slow-moving primate of Alor Island
  2. Grassland walk announced
  3. A bulb exploding with energy is a pretty useless thing
  4. Breaking her vow about Earth nevertheless
  5. Agent of petite women's clothing company
  6. Get penny in container
  7. West going around in state
  8. Call to mind the day before getting approval
  9. Flowerless plant beginning to rot in bog
  10. Roman emperor turns up in Florence
  11. Head of Boeing more worried about British aircraft
  12. Stifle a lunatic
  13. Twice smoked fish I found in MS city
  14. Loose plaster covering child is ghostly
  15. Stung bird without a bit of remorse
  16. Author Helen's assassin wasting one for England
  17. One of tennis's greats is always true
  18. Beginning of bad weather for control center
  19. Chase anchovy around in the ocean
  20. Dandy palm tree containing ten megabytes
  21. Mound of sand covers head of calcified dodo
  22. Doctor's unhealthy practice
  23. Pig is partly aboard
  24. Fad ruled outlandish and very bad