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Guest Puzzle April 2018  "Polo Matches" by Arthur Schless & JdeC

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eleven letters; seven are capitalized, two are acronyms, one is foreign, and one is an abbreviation,) 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 eight down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is removed. Those fourteen letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell the name of a person related to the mystery entries. (Note that the grid for this puzzle has 12 rows and 10 columns.) 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. Sheet Natalie fabricated includes metal
  3. Honor exalted Ben, Leon
  4. Distance race's range and quality will lead to intoxication
  5. Upheaval of some sleep in hilltop
  6. Warning: Einstein's no bachelor
  7. Aunt trolling for fish
  8. Subject filed incorrectly
  9. Fatty tissue's appeal with a bit of thyme
  10. Distribute some of shallots
  11. Flock or herd moving around circle
  12. Claim line is crooked
  13. Lettuce: more in a mélange
  14. Nightclub bacteria purged without iodine
  15. Former sovereign state was part of guard
  16. Break heart of Boston's hockey team
  17. Look of brood in which 500 becomes 1000
  18. Author uses incorrect sign
  19. Kelly enshrouded in strangeness
  20. Disassent involves back talk
  21. Hairy fabric allowed by court law
  22. Astaire takes a step
  23. Level of simple sound

Down

  1. Mystery entry
  2. Concentrated rum becomes heavy
  3. Involve in late rearrangement
  4. Use attar freely to waterlog
  5. Serious eastern blowout
  6. Time of boredom becomes minutes of agency
  7. Instrument of necessitarianism
  8. Tutee loses final card game
  9. Agency of two Americas
  10. Empty container retired with broken lab tureen
  11. Poor Peter's taking one break
  12. Patricia's unhealthily lean
  13. Vicar usually embraced Greek flyer
  14. Vegetable disclosure reported
  15. Emil's broken beam
  16. Faust touring Austria briefly
  17. Brothers of Warren Muck
  18. One odd period of time
  19. Bovine again functioning
  20. Record of Coulter and Capp
  21. Strangers surrounding Bulgarian town
  22. Look of renovated loge