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Guest Puzzle August 2009  "Toss" 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. See instructions
  2. All in Paris having relish at first for what looks like a donut
  3. Puzzled and annoyed having two democrats inside
  4. Soldier approaches officer with money
  5. Subterranean passage is part of Miami, nearly
  6. Rounded, disgusting bolus sticking to leading edge of bureau
  7. Ailing nurse did get cured by solar rays
  8. Indian has information about fight result
  9. Get hot from the eruption
  10. Disturbed anal tone of newborn
  11. Tex and I struggling to get out
  12. Money involved in mistrials
  13. Stingy fellow's start-up expenses
  14. Evil foes ruin a new coalition
  15. English flower is irregularly notched
  16. Triangular piece of indigo remnant
  17. Fellow is holding assembly lists
  18. Cook chicken without hesitation
  19. Author and leader lost us at first
  20. Landed with tail wagging
  21. Bird's cycle of song
  22. Food preparation ended in utter confusion
  23. Unfortunately Gore got a small check

Down

  1. Sympathetic sort gets excited embracing Rabbi
  2. Use photography technique to trash rude open sex
  3. Choice piece I'd originally bought got eaten by bird
  4. Insect stage of exotic strain
  5. Polished organ pipe with Nitrogen and Tungsten
  6. Those in favor said to get watches
  7. Part of belief is untruth
  8. Older type of shrub
  9. Currency fashionable inside of army post
  10. Manage to see extinct bird
  11. Storyteller's girl going west
  12. Holy Roman Emperor's naked bottom
  13. Island of Antigua nationals
  14. Carelessly tear a lariat
  15. Hazard search after chief leaves
  16. "Al" is a confused pseudonym
  17. Essence of mullet prepared for a month
  18. Drunkard is oddly smooth
  19. Can't sort out the differences between elements
  20. Note a husband's state
  21. Note of resignation
  22. Waxy substance from rice rinse
  23. Part of the lapwing turned whitish
  24. See instructions