## Solution to A Puzzle with the Answer NOWHERE MAN

Authors: Aaron Bader, Kevin G. Der, and Dan Katz

All the across clue/answers have a letter being "transferred" from the answer to the clue. For example, in 1 across, the O in NICE(O)NE appears as an extra letter in the clue c(o)at. These letters need to be removed to enter the clues correctly into the grid. In addition 9 across clues have an "error" in the transferenece, and the letter that must be removed from the grid is different from the letter that must be removed from the clue.

These clues are as follows:

```Number   Ext. in Clue   Answer         Ext. in Ans.
5        W              GALL(E)ONS     E
12       I              (D)RAMA        D
21       L              CHAP(T)ERONE   T
26       L              DEL(H)I        H
31       A              TEN(E)TS       E
39       R              TAP(A)S        A
45       U              D(R)EADLOCKS   R
54       I              (C)INDY        C
55       N              (H)AIRBALL     H
```

Reading down these extra letters (clues first then answers) gives the phrase: WILLA RUINED THE ARCH, this is another cryptic clue for CATHER with an extra H in clue phrase: WILLA RUINED THE ARC(H). Following the pattern from the across clues, you also remove the H from the answer word leaving CATER, the title to the puzzle.

(The letters in the shaded squares spell NOWHERE MAN, the answer to the puzzle.)

### Across Answers

 Answer Clue Explanation NICE(O)NE Great work c(o)at lives around corporate head NINE around CEO GALL(E)ONS Warships vex extremely lengthy spa(w)ns GALL + EONS (D)RAMA Doctor next to a moth(i)er house, for example DR + A + MA DEADEN(D) Finally tape(d) Yemeni city in 2-D; it goes nowhere E + ADEN in DD ADWAR(E) L(e)ap down a tree evenly in commercial supported programs? Even letters in LAPDOWNATREE LATHE(R) Stella(r)! the rock-star hides soap suds spelled out in Stella the rock. WI(F)I Heads of Western (F)inland fit inside something located in hotspots first letters of West Inland fit inside CHAP(T)ERONE Beginning of novel is s(l)ick on the recap anagram of ONTHERECAP RE(V)ELS Flipped switch before Soviet leader celebrates using (v)ales and ports LEVER reversed with S from Soviet CON(D)OR Fish (d)ate: northern Oregon vulture N in COD + OR DEL(H)I Indian city-state that joined first start(l)ing part of larger state that joined last DE + L + HI (B)OUGHT Both (b)ragged carrying couple of guitars around obtained from a store BOTH (anag.) with GU(reversed) (T)IRE Peter, (t)out seventh and second steps of scale TI + RE TEN(E)TS Beliefs of the controller of fl(a)ying saucer and his nine friends ten ETs COD(A) Ultimate b(a)it person, who also prosecutes for the state? Co-DA (T)ISSUE One uses it to wipe one's face(t) and uses it badly anagram of USES IT TAP(A)S Bar food inside has a pa(r)t reversed backwards in "has a pat" ASTRA(Y) One last piece of gloss(y) platform for serving in the wrong direction A + S + TRAY PAR(S)ED Tangled drape (s)eats head of state broken apart for analysis DRAPE(anag.) with S D(R)EADLOCKS Ladder que(u)er with diamonds discarding restricted items on Marley's head LADDER(anag.) + ROCKS - R (L)ENO Comedian Noel, (l)out of sorts NOEL(anag.) BUTTE(R) Initially, boss's (r)use tricked temps...except rumors spread first letters (G)IAMBI Former Yankee, a soldier, and the beheaded kin(g) of Ena GI + BAMBI - B ROOMIE(R) Piglet's (r)ally confused mire with additional space ROO + MIRE(anag.) (C)INDY Bra(i)dy youngster sinned, he heard sinned he sounded out (H)AIRBALL (N)it might be expelled by a Persian emcee named Monty, holding a degree in International Relations HALL + IR BA RE(L)EARN Find once again that chihuahua of f(l)ame consumes tragic king LEAR inside REN

### Down Answers

 Answer Clue Explanation IODIZER Something used to treat salt overdose after I tossed prize piano away I + OD + PRIZE(anag) - P ERA Middle of average period in avERAge NARC New storyline: he's into drugs N + arc GALA Apple festival Double meaning ADAPT Spot able to adjust Ad + APT LAHR Human resources is after Los Angeles Lion player HR after LA ODEON Lead in Othello's done crazy theater O + DONE(anag.) SNEERED Ultimately, Engels and former commie smiled in a twisted way S + NEE + RED PAWED Clumsily handled what occurred at daddy's marriage ceremony PA + WED TWIRLED Pair of twins I directed after Republican spun around TW + I + LED after R CHLOE Revolutionary Argentinian flanks behold Egoyan film LO in CHE TECH MIT publication might confuse critic with final entries last letters of "might confuse critic with" KNOX Audibly requests to enter fort that's tough to get into KNOCKS (homophone) HEIDI An orphan that Guy primarily divides in two HE + D(ivides) in II EAT As some Brits say, warm up and chow down HEAT = 'EAT SUNUP Beginning of the day spun wildly around you when texting? SPUN(anag.) with U inside TUTEE Someone taught an Egyptian king part of course six TUT + EE ACADEMY Institute Day came out of order ISADORA Performer Duncan and writer Gershwin consuming nasty soda SODA(anag.) in IRA TEAKS Woody plants drink successes from a pitcher TEA + KS SIR Common address appearing in Douglas, Ireland douglaSIReland OPENBAR Start and then stop an opportunity for free booze? alt defs for OPEN and BAR USED Like some cars spliced together after removing the hood FUSED - F SALT Seaman returning as officer, ranking below cap'n AS(rev.) + LT SPOIL Coddle Spanish grease SP + OIL TABOR Borat moved around a drum BORAT(anag.) HOTEL Pair of homeowners, upset, let temporary housing HO + LET(rev.) DUMB Drunk bum under center of ledge is speechless BUM(anag.) after D CEIL Make a roof close with wax when spoken SEAL(homophone) SIDE Half the combatants retreating head first, ignoring the odds remove odd letters of HEADFIRST and reverse AYE I heard! I(homophone)