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Puzzle #181 June 2016  "Naturalist"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to ten letters, six 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. 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 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. Mad, mad Lon is a nut
  3. Dealer returned paintings by the German
  4. Collection, record book, or anything comparable
  5. Palsied, emaciated, internally swelling
  6. Plunder of sun god tree
  7. Phosphorus ignited rye in a burning heap
  8. Grimy soot coats rubber trunk
  9. Mysterious red eaglet might be consigned to another category
  10. Study in accordance with function
  11. Mystery entry
  12. Clamoring about love in Madrid
  13. Charm of a hybrid tiger's head
  14. A track alert
  15. Martinet carrying a pointed spike
  16. Initially lighthearted atmosphere in a 1944 film noir
  17. Turn around holding vise and crowbar
  18. Pleasant northern chill
  19. The Aeta, for instance, get iron in fragments
  20. Son has broken frame
  21. Late father embraces end of life
  22. Taste and touch without pressure
  23. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Better woven material keeps earth out
  2. Saturday: bird seen in tavern
  3. Thought of spirits in a spread
  4. Turns right for thousands of dollars
  5. Union inappropriately nixes serving both men and women
  6. Part of a loom or a place of worship
  7. Extract fifty apiece
  8. Courageous author
  9. Left rib stretched and evened
  10. Experience rough ground around east
  11. Buried in grit and emery, one after the other
  12. Meander freely and endlessly lower
  13. A cesarean section
  14. Bawl out waving beater
  15. Informed of a war with England
  16. The explorer girl's 500 mouths
  17. Street doesn't have one bar
  18. Country mail goes astray
  19. Design a rabbi's flat
  20. A bonnet that's all right in Peru
  21. Little boy hiding in stadium
  22. Come to an end of large, vaulted recess
  23. Lover turned back before time to mutiny