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Puzzle #97 June 2009  "Hodgepodge"

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. Disorder put Charles outside of circle
  2. Core of tree apt to produce sound
  3. Makeshift reinvention of past has GOP confounded
  4. She's having lamb butchered in a slaughterhouse
  5. Partially repair a battered shirtfront
  6. Purdue's official language
  7. Regret never having returned to sign up
  8. Sacred book put bishop in bad temper
  9. Brought back beer fit for a king
  10. Poor and sick? Get a dose of medicine
  11. Revolutionary dance captivates brother
  12. Rebuilt adapter has no time display
  13. Dear Bill returned with old Roman weights
  14. Deal to exclude profit
  15. From the south of France, small beer
  16. Size up and dress down
  17. The time before entering Shreveport
  18. Gail dissected brain cells
  19. Thin, but fights with energy
  20. Golfer Singh with 6 followed by a birdie
  21. Physician has him consuming a kilo
  22. Head of coal-black chicken
  23. Eats cooked stuff
  24. Mix of dried tips eaten by beast of burden

Down

  1. Bombing blamed for confusion
  2. Light as a dancer I whirled
  3. Office dude takes in an old city
  4. Authority of essay's observations 3-2
  5. Load-bearing timbers, peerless in new construction
  6. Speed of headless cow
  7. Neurotransmitter talk precedes last of symposia
  8. Love in ways evoking compassion
  9. Cataract engulfs a town in Ireland
  10. Knot a kerchief around winner
  11. Steel cut around fabric
  12. Springfield perhaps is teeming with life initially
  13. A newlywed's eating last of hog chops
  14. Vessel carrying large broken bale is at fault
  15. Say goodbye, Rod
  16. Get the essentials from Princess's drawer
  17. Abandoning city, advance haphazardly to get to Silver State
  18. Core reactor's top is brass
  19. More vigilant about including donor
  20. Barely cultivated grass
  21. Big guy loses love for the French shuffle