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Puzzle #178 March 2016  "Entanglement"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eight 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. Twelve across words and eleven down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those twenty-three letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a five-word phrase related to the title and 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. Firm retailed about one
  3. Ironed drapes and cover
  4. Open or active gene cluster
  5. Ways to attempt catching a weasel
  6. Learner is stunted in development
  7. Bone break is up around end of rib
  8. A trap set back at a remove
  9. Moving out of limbo bursting with energy
  10. Rod, in an official position, is starting to decline
  11. A bad year, but lively
  12. Trashed a cell containing fish
  13. Lava is flowing and fluid
  14. Before noon, finish and revise
  15. Running time up for credit
  16. Clever Charlie and Mark, in silence, do a switcheroo
  17. Compiler Peter Mark cultivated ergot
  18. Defenseless, Henry leaves in one piece
  19. Break out part of mixer up there
  20. A bit of thyme and anise mixed in a drink
  21. Devotee of one in tailored caftan
  22. White paste goes ill around top of skull
  23. Wicked behavior, not good for sailor
  24. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Translate a Carib language
  2. Traveling aboard the French Enchanting
  3. Bird with long English moniker
  4. Guiana's exotic reptile
  5. Deep sea inhabitant
  6. Name retained in one's memory
  7. Papa put on more and filled out
  8. Trust a tailor to cover breast
  9. Club membership's final total
  10. Friend keeps up concerning growth stage
  11. Single entity not qualified without female
  12. Seen, heard, and quoted
  13. 1977 hurricane was in part sanitary
  14. Some at first disregard Roman title
  15. Heathen reverts, clutching a cross
  16. A gallery in Thessalonica
  17. Faulty armature, the last quarter missing, results in injury
  18. Limit sign and color
  19. Remember to enclose a Semitic letter
  20. Manage to have selenium stiffened
  21. A metrical foot involving no speed
  22. Stop believer's embracing society
  23. Youngster with a new kind of sandwich
  24. Polish/French queen eating a bit of food