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Puzzle #175 December 2015  "Carambole"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eight letters, and three 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. Six across words and six down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those twelve letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a two-word phrase related to the title and to another two-word phrase concealed in the completed grid, which solvers are invited to find. 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. New England state has to get rid of cabinet
  2. That horse carries a god
  3. Feeling about a joint
  4. Strange Asian diarist's name
  5. End of cam in engine is rod turning part
  6. Poor one's wife comes out to heave
  7. Head part of abdomen
  8. Tissue's help covering cancerous node
  9. List of fellows at university
  10. Pound core of apple with polished steel
  11. Lobe shaped part of tree
  12. Server loses one degree of quality
  13. Remove section of rail if twisted
  14. Monster revolted by true fungus
  15. Take hold of broken coral with end of tool
  16. A Native American eagle's nest
  17. Bird seen in crate, alive
  18. Lenin's soiled bedding
  19. Long, narrow place to take off
  20. Shelled plover or goose egg
  21. Listen to her holding note
  22. Pleased to have comfort
  23. Sing of crazy lawyer wasting years to get billions
  24. Malice at first and vicious greed combined
  25. Eats intemperately to get full
  26. Fool held in classroom
  27. Prophet embracing a land inspector

Down

  1. Smart bird doesn't have to know
  2. Beginning of ninth: pitcher is fresher
  3. Animal left with priest
  4. Tie up large tree
  5. Prisoner has got off easy at first
  6. Snuff is one's undoing
  7. When powdered, ours is acidulous
  8. Credit tobacco about the same
  9. Rider Paul keeps a bit of snuff in back
  10. Old one struggling to improvise
  11. Prong has metal end
  12. Seize whiskey and all that's left
  13. Begin to get registered for new business
  14. Specter in Hades being tortured
  15. Either tossed one out or it's a triple
  16. Wrong bottle initially recorded in ledger
  17. Like a dry tract Sarah managed and trimmed
  18. Tanker or steamer without a head
  19. A noble savage holding a shell
  20. Two-part fight announced
  21. Style of family den
  22. Informed of volume consumed
  23. Ring around treetop is part of corolla
  24. Nobleman holding the French parer