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Puzzle #197 October 2017  "Zzz"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eleven letters, and five 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. Eight across words and eight down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those sixteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a three-word phrase 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. Bluff of epic madness in cost
  3. Composer King embracing Henry
  4. Solid ledge to hold loaf
  5. Fruit time
  6. Love the sound of a portal
  7. Fiber of billowing sails
  8. French must replace Middle English in the U.S., Kenya, etc.
  9. Speak with Charlie to take May's place and separate
  10. Protagonist resting in east arbor
  11. Awkwardly seat about ten in steamboat structure
  12. Photographer Adams polished a lens
  13. Trendy part of thermodynamics
  14. Mark's safety vehicle
  15. Flood loses pressure in gorge
  16. A shelter in Yemeni seaport
  17. Sacred, extra leafy ilex
  18. Ealing in transition becomes warm and friendly
  19. Burden we pay for
  20. Solitary Nelly is troubled about love
  21. Get rid of contents of closet
  22. Parcel out sound aplenty
  23. Dumb Denise lacks a bit of intelligence
  24. Nothing in Cadiz worked as a sky path
  25. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Mystery entry
  2. Compact disc one alto ruined
  3. His French instrument is welcome
  4. Child taken in by twin of a nobleman
  5. Nobleman taken in by yearling
  6. Sticky stuff produced by southern fruit
  7. Star network involving a lake
  8. The least bit of expression upset Al's belly
  9. Grass offensively conceals backing of pit
  10. Jackass and deer losing minutes to get a bit of grain
  11. Author of Deer Earth
  12. Often there around October, for instance
  13. Carbon removed from basic kind of tire
  14. Fixed having mark removed and finished
  15. Our rap is disrupted in commotion
  16. Runner holding a leaflet
  17. Essays of numberless threesomes
  18. Present age of daughter consumed by trifle
  19. Get to make haste without power
  20. In sorry decease there isn't a split
  21. Confederate gains energy in passageway
  22. Acme of false claim with illiterate signature
  23. Mystery entry