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Puzzle #76 September 2007  "Special Delivery"

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. Bionomics author to record start of year
  3. Aspect I found in men
  4. Apportion talk about gold
  5. Will maker move a mountain?
  6. v
  7. Plate traditionally holds four
  8. Tempestuous tale about military leader
  9. Approval of sacrament
  10. Mark made on skin with brew
  11. Tarnish isn't a blemish
  12. Aristocrat keeps him superficially in mind
  13. Tell about the French beginning to regulate pay
  14. Willingly remove part of golf club
  15. Go on dancing? Nothing doing!
  16. Dear lady almost finished
  17. Army unit has no time for a course in physical training
  18. Mixed in a bun from North Africa
  19. Live east of brother but not right close by
  20. Nasal tincture contains tar
  21. A grass so marinated it's seaweed
  22. Sailor allowed a glass
  23. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Large animal ended play in a game of chance
  2. Townsman and crooked giver getting everything back
  3. Spoiled sausage eaten without flavoring agent causes disgust
  4. Sibyl awkwardly incorporates rule
  5. That final projection is a runic character
  6. Ran around turkey and danced
  7. Origins of ancient mitochondrial organelle expressed by Archaean protozoan
  8. Start race in large sailing vessel
  9. J. D. and Margaret going around Long Island
  10. One almost entirely dead notion
  11. Venus's game held back by defects in netting
  12. Thoroughgoing core of warranty
  13. Roman bone encircled by blossoms
  14. Indistinct note with enclosure
  15. Wine that's fortified, matured, and transported overland
  16. Wine when deficient embodies sin
  17. Solitary plant absorbs nitrogen
  18. Theodora's fragrance
  19. Mythic king's bronze bone
  20. Celebration for Dali's wife
  21. Form early in development by more transmogrification
  22. Howl about start of big issue