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Puzzle #67 December 2006  "O What Fun"

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. Right sauce with topping of vino for pasta
  2. Record farewell in choral music
  3. Go fishing, maybe, with small clappers
  4. Series number for fabric
  5. Mack loses time giving a trumpet call
  6. Zero-degree clothing to wear
  7. Nicklaus started right getting out of rough altogether
  8. Number of men in England
  9. Dug one thousand and one, two thousand and one . . .
  10. Fired core in plain ceramic
  11. Mystery entry
  12. Agreement of international body and university Yale about bird
  13. Bring under control and cap source of energy
  14. Trimmed in Southport
  15. She's running East German state
  16. With a fondness for complaining unquietly
  17. Undamaged surface of Eastern jade
  18. Core of hollowed mattress with rounded projections
  19. Planet's initially slight acceleration change
  20. Step around degenerate priest
  21. Queer line taken from gag

Down

  1. Managed to perform musical opening without a definite plan
  2. Garment for a horse
  3. Walk about Earth in tranquility
  4. Nice men in play finale to achieve fame
  5. NASA excited about vehicle in plain
  6. Speech sound from Anna's album
  7. An even chance to sit up front and eat
  8. Lady called about knotty protuberance
  9. Dashed fool loses head in sack
  10. Hardy holds one for Laurence
  11. Victor doesn't start at the center
  12. Some men dislike having to improve
  13. Most of science, oddly, is attractive
  14. British playwright's orgy
  15. Small gallery authorized by government
  16. Begin letter containing passage
  17. Start to relax inside warm hub
  18. See bird move surreptitiously
  19. Long talk started with a busybody
  20. Using a leeboard to contain wind
  21. Hamilton's seminal fluid
  22. Feat to astonish the initiated
  23. Back in an arid country
  24. Talk about wood for window framing