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"Unsecured" by Arthur Schless

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eleven letters, one is capitalized, one is an affix, and one is a prefix) 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. Two across words and two down words won't fit in the grid unless four of their letters are compacted into a single cell, the one marked X at the center of the grid. In addition, four across words and three down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those seven letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a two-word phrase related to the four letters compacted into the central cell marked X. Thanks to John de Cuevas for editing the clues with aplomb and betterment. 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. Reposition antiriot bar for settling of differing opinions
  2. To sun god, beginning of holy scroll
  3. Hurled erratically and with difficulty
  4. Instrument length, like the Eustachian, e.g.
  5. Rain splattered Hindu queen
  6. King and nephew gain knowledge
  7. Vat of Okie rum
  8. Select a snack
  9. Covered Caesar and Sullivan
  10. Part of computer address is due to be revised
  11. Antelope's gait
  12. George hit in fight as a guerrilla
  13. Worn out wild hen yacked
  14. Meal without seconds is a blast
  15. Bird's head, at first petite, becomes wide
  16. Your old part of bathysphere
  17. "O I soar" out of sorts in operatic passage
  18. Boredom of nine wandering around university
  19. Passageway in sea or tarn
  20. Scoundrel beheaded racehorse
  21. Run in third, including last inning
  22. Orally requires massages
  23. She dug randomly and spouted effusively
  24. Binge of rampaging peers

Down

  1. Ascribing giant turbit in flight
  2. Summary herbicide
  3. Thai kudos included a form of poetry
  4. Stop bothering baker
  5. Covertly observe pony's meandering
  6. Sid holding Ali's injured alderfly
  7. Center house at first is home
  8. Number of hundreds in diagram
  9. Twister is author with a touch of humor
  10. Steeplebush is difficult to chop
  11. Commissioned writing, say, done in a cab?
  12. Intimidate daughter and her mother's sister
  13. Unusual noun is "identity" in musical pitch
  14. New art is a linear mark
  15. Little goblin holding toy
  16. Favorite princess turned unenthusiastic
  17. Utter love for fat
  18. Money lust
  19. Plant included in haftarot
  20. Intercalary spring
  21. Chemical is new, one that is synthesized
  22. Barbara's garden
  23. Loosened a seed awkwardly
  24. New user shuffling in rear