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In this spinning puzzle we've taken our turn by grouping symmetrically situated entries, one from each quadrant of the grid, and shuffling them into random order before cluing them. The four entries in each clue group are identified in the grid by their shared number, which may occur anywhere in a word's sequence (not necessarily at the beginning). The shaded, unclued set of entries will offer an appropriate activity, along with a piece of advice. Four answers are capitalized. Now it's your turn to play.
The instructions above are for this month's puzzle only. See a complete introduction to clue-solving.
See the solution to last month's Puzzler.
1.a. Try incomplete turn for a sure thing (6)
b. Writer Hubbard's high after a turn (6)
c. Happened to put iron in one end of a sousaphone (6)
d. Track activity of a cult's leader in criminal group (6)
2.a. Arizona grassland containing a flowering shrub (6)
3.a. Talked of a violet fringed in pink? (9)
4.a. Family doc eats alternative trail mix (4)
5.a. Soft material's fallen loosely around queen's back (7)
6.a. Not even subjected to teasing (6)
7.a. Former senator consuming cold Italian sweet (5)
8.a. Kerosene only provides some lighting (4)
9.a. Heard regime come down (4)