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Guest Puzzle January 2008  "Numbers" by Unknown

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).

Across

  1. Pathologically sickened by critics of chaos
  2. Primarily something odd related to nature
  3. Hera touches inner muse
  4. Actor-soldier gets uniform for nothing
  5. Bit of Úlan
  6. Power judge no saint
  7. Now or then, extract value
  8. Plunder capital from run on bank
  9. A shrub all by itself
  10. Burn singular department store?
  11. Sulk quietly away from home
  12. Demands payment for past deeds
  13. Confusion in shadows
  14. City weight system
  15. Knight leaves stadium for open space
  16. Bird of intuition
  17. Only rejected organic compound
  18. Carried a circular sofa
  19. Allergy symptom in small joints reported
  20. Smear taco liberally
  21. Discourage dyes; they're odd
  22. Team in torment
  23. Except if UN shortened lessons
  24. Chieftain of supreme erudition
  25. Cape with four points

Down

  1. Can liquid for alcoholic beverage
  2. Gore hit Betsy's bird
  3. Colony member, wrapped in wax cloth, galloped slowly
  4. Kennedy, having mended tear, gets dressed
  5. Ibis or ani covering rail
  6. Boy has head of old amphibian
  7. Cause some to have applications
  8. ATM has money on peninsula
  9. Primarily my yearning to have fantasy
  10. Routine sound of waves
  11. Before scion is heard
  12. Visitor, Norse, traveling about a day in France
  13. Came together, inside!
  14. Vessel chiefly to use before experiments
  15. Damper and drunker, lost head
  16. Flower girl
  17. Solvent disables lynx seizing English earl
  18. Stir no-cal Coca Cola beverage
  19. Working as a cub counter
  20. Name period of weather
  21. Sings of royals getting nothing for work