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Puzzle #75 August 2007  "Hanoi"

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. Geometric figure is inoperative turned around
  2. Meat that's been smoked over branches
  3. Line from poem about broken tail having many uses
  4. Nimble soldier drowned in brew
  5. Wreck sorted out by end of day
  6. Shout louder when turning wheel
  7. Letter about right beginning to reform a set of rules
  8. Mail service gets truly foul fowl?
  9. Develops reproductive parts with one cell at the end
  10. Void a rule about owning a communi-cations device
  11. Case of elves playing with energy
  12. This or that one is in outer space
  13. Curse and mend
  14. Sea habit protects whale hunter
  15. Bathed and dined with drunkard
  16. Incline to rage
  17. Weird eel's head found in lake
  18. Small bobtail?
  19. Barter in exchange for cap
  20. Put it in sauce for heaviness
  21. Force and pressure applied to one in debt
  22. Electron impacts yield weird photon blocker

Down

  1. An old measure of distance at around 501 in total
  2. Nugatory essay about a way to administer drugs
  3. Worm gut digested Artemisia vulgaris
  4. The look of Spain characterizes a city in New York
  5. Break out of cooler up there
  6. Pertaining to young Elizabeth, for instance
  7. Speak about large kill
  8. Name of maiden is Edna
  9. City, in moderate reaction at first, is an indicator of change
  10. Alien boat carrying one assemblage of life
  11. Place for God to rise and fall before noon
  12. Really gets error removed, for a change
  13. Suppuration has begun a vigorous advance
  14. Other reasons to hold a man in Berlin
  15. Variety of tasty peach
  16. Very with-it Latin writer
  17. Sing songs for conductor
  18. Annual party ended ahead of time
  19. Less finished steering mechanism lacks end of rod
  20. Brother up for a dance movement
  21. Fabric piles treated with sulfur
  22. Paralyzed friends die horribly
  23. False information in dicta of lunatic