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Guest Puzzle May 2009  "Enough Already" 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. Mystery entry: Webster's "Word of the Year"
  2. Uprising turned love to ruin
  3. Soldier back in social event gives color
  4. Someone not showing up at the polls is disturbing to Vernon
  5. Exigency of one editor
  6. Fashion model started transmission device
  7. Mass ecosystem is partly dry
  8. Aware of gerontology
  9. Pope cooked a gourd, for instance
  10. Slightly unwell, view day without heart
  11. Sailor on northern lake
  12. Talk idly of discombobulated Pater
  13. A computer memory with a distinctive quality
  14. Anatomical network of fore tendons
  15. First Lady retaliated, in the beginning and always
  16. Tasty, i.e., engineered for fullness
  17. Determinants of inheritance of sageness
  18. Goddess of childbirth in Indian Art
  19. Poles of a religious significance originally
  20. Explosive and/or inert gaseous element
  21. Prohibit move toward enclosure
  22. Rotten reconstruction around river's source leads to flooding
  23. Trailers tour an island in the Seine
  24. Mathematician ran wild taking in ? + e

Down

  1. Troubled nation rioted endlessly for policy position
  2. A given rate in digestion characterizes a herbivore
  3. McQueen notes dock worker
  4. Five held by ten iron men in battle area
  5. Strange tale for a Chinese unit of weight
  6. Sailboat's complete electric circuit
  7. Rose has half of your hallucinogen
  8. Soft becomes hard in healthy dog
  9. Pot marjoram and orange mixed with love
  10. Simple, indigenous person lost shirt
  11. Utter relish of one who preserves
  12. Prostitute keeps ring card
  13. Lame attempt to capture animal for dinner
  14. Glass device of Wallenstein
  15. Circle long comment
  16. Some of these arsenicals burn
  17. Eastern train trip
  18. Innate primary reflex in sleep
  19. Bones primarily of sacroiliac/spinal area
  20. Governing rule of doddering Cy Green
  21. More overcome by desire for Rubia plant