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Puzzle #87 August 2008  "Hell's Angels"

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. Almost time to join the French church
  3. Strike out with Georgia and a representative
  4. Freight acquires mass after removal of last of bad soil
  5. Unrestrictedly spread, ravage, or raven
  6. Acquire fashionable mutt
  7. Chanteuse has to pay
  8. Runner swallows dose, getting weaker
  9. Skillful auditor messed up leaving unit out
  10. Harry marks time
  11. Mystery entry
  12. Dad abandons partial botched attempt
  13. Ogled fish turning crimson
  14. Dish made with a melange of hulled grains
  15. Film female alien
  16. Undecided about getting chilled
  17. Strong odor makes city trying at first
  18. Opening day matinee madness
  19. Reason union is involved in lawsuit
  20. Paint a person holding a candle
  21. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Animal spirits the Spanish turned back
  2. An instant of electric excitement
  3. Royal family's odd tour around Land's End
  4. Old inhabitant of Italy in base squalor
  5. Last of team master's staff
  6. Flagged a vehicle headed west around bypass
  7. Bad deal is a burden
  8. A lot of money left in jumble
  9. Story doesn't include Victor or Carol
  10. Entertain the Navajo people
  11. Ailing lifter needs energy to be productive
  12. Allow about nine to start getting advanced
  13. Lament finish of water bird
  14. Glaze steaks with relish
  15. Mexican's love of Metamorphosis
  16. Speak haltingly and start to mumble in unsteady stream
  17. Male feline accompanies Earth goddess
  18. One in black flipped over Tantalus's daughter
  19. Label in railway gets protective coating
  20. Brighten sick uncle and me
  21. Call for tot to get 60% of money
  22. Teed off about degree discussion
  23. Note pilot's comfort
  24. Small instrument, but loud