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Puzzle #62 July 2006  "Flying Circus"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from four to eleven letters, and six 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. Eleven across words and ten down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those twenty-one letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a seven-word message related to the mystery entry. 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. Starting to run with enough tread
  3. Henry in essence started shirking duties
  4. Voyage around north with slow traveler
  5. Study Georgia's dance
  6. Mark loses team's first championship
  7. Discovered kitty holding ring
  8. Minority has press backing
  9. Wrong unit with small cavity
  10. False claim pertaining to apples
  11. Soft and elegant with no one getting upset
  12. Mystery entry
  13. Painter of book's final cover
  14. Firm to communicate with Jack for a time
  15. Wild libido consumes essentially horny guacharo
  16. New love!
  17. Devour bird
  18. Left single and solitary
  19. Party cost about a quarter of that
  20. Boat in Niçoise sea gets to buoy
  21. Long talk started with a gossip
  22. British batting usable for toys
  23. Vogue in rusty leather
  24. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Penny holds half of line for customer
  2. Mystery entry
  3. Turn up in a bad situation around start of fight, giving assistance
  4. End of the voice incident
  5. Charge 200 for book of insulting language
  6. Southpaw took off before end of day
  7. Fake human head in crib
  8. Grass painter
  9. Plowed land around month-old tree
  10. A note about love
  11. Produce an animal
  12. Mystery entry
  13. Disease reversed in ten cases
  14. Real confusion about one satellite
  15. Arch verse for female participating in sin
  16. Routine part, finally, in hit
  17. North African brew containing rubidium
  18. Winners in Ghana include leading golfer
  19. Chief, sprung from jail, gets connection
  20. Lion catches insect in shelter
  21. Vaticinator cut five out
  22. What's left of the French is Spanish
  23. Mystery entry
  24. Approve of complete unbridled Eros