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This is a variety crossword type called Around-the-Bend

Rules

  • Each word goes from left to right on its numbered line, and then continues from right to left on the next line
  • #20 wraps back around to #1

Example: If #1 was "TRAPS", then #2 must start with "SP" and #20 must end with "ART". #1 would be entered as TRA in the #1 row and SP in the #2 row, so if you read #1 left-to-right and then #2 right-to-left it spells "TRAPS"

grid

Length of each row: 3, 2, 3, 4, 3, 5, 3, 2, 5, 4, 3, 2, 4, 3, 4, 2, 5, 3, 4, 3.

(I've included #1's cells again at the bottom to make the wrapping-around clearer)

Clues:

Bible (3 wrds.)
Car wash worker, perhaps
Dirty
Large flat fish
Mentioned
One out of 100 Americans
Online greeting
Part used for nudging
Person who slows everyone down
Samson's downfall
Sandy tracts, in England
Sighting
Soldier, slangily
Spun around
Squashed circle
Toad-losing wizard
Transported by car
Trustworthy
Wilson's middle name
Woman seen by her people as a "Moses"

... what?? No numbers? Well, yes, someone - I blame the Cryptic Cat - alphabetized all of my clues. You'll have to figure out where the words fit into the grid yourself! I've left the numbers in the grid for reference purposes, and to demonstrate how #20 wraps around onto #1.

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In grid order:

 1 |     N A M   Named
 2 |       D E   Denes
 3 |     S E N   Senator
 4 |   R O T A   Rotated
 5 |     D E T   Detailer
 6 | R E L I A   Reliable
 7 |     E L B   Elbow
 8 |       W O   Woodrow
 9 | W O R D O   Word of God
10 |   D O G F   Dogface
11 |     E C A   E-card
12 |       D R   Driven
13 |   N E V I   Neville
14 |     E L L   Ellipse
15 |   E S P I   Espial
16 |       L A   Laggard
17 | D R A G G   Draggled
18 |     D E L   Delilah
19 |   H A L I   Halibut
20 |     T U B   Tubman
 1 |     N A M

In clue order:

 9 | Bible (3 wrds.) -> WORD OF GOD
 5 | Car wash worker, perhaps -> DETAILER
17 | Dirty -> DRAGGLED
19 | Large flat fish -> HALIBUT
 1 | Mentioned -> NAMED
 3 | One out of 100 Americans -> SENATOR
11 | Online greeting -> E-CARD
 7 | Part used for nudging -> ELBOW
16 | Person who slows everyone down -> LAGGARD
18 | Samson's downfall -> DELILAH
 2 | Sandy tracts, in England -> DENES
15 | Sighting -> ESPIAL
10 | Soldier, slangliy -> DOGFACE
 5 | Spun around -> ROTATED
14 | Squashed circle -> ELLIPSE
13 | Toad-losing wizard -> NEVILLE
12 | Transported by car -> DRIVEN
 6 | Trustworthy -> RELIABLE
 8 | Wilson's middle name -> WOODROW
20 | Woman seen by her people as a "Moses" -> TUBMAN

Confession:

I needed Qat to find LAGGARD/DRAGGLED.

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  • $\begingroup$ Your R and D for 'driven' are the wrong way round I think, well done on getting the answer! I'd only just started filling in the grid :) $\endgroup$ Sep 25 '20 at 22:39
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, and 'ggard' is the wrong way round too I think $\endgroup$ Sep 25 '20 at 22:40
  • $\begingroup$ I'll give you the check once you fix the wrong-way-round letters. $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Sep 25 '20 at 23:14
  • $\begingroup$ Ugh, I have no brain. Will fix. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Sep 25 '20 at 23:16
  • $\begingroup$ OK, should be right now. Sorry about that. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Sep 25 '20 at 23:17

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