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Guest Puzzle September 2009  "Heaven Help Us" 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. Characteristic style isn't changed in wording
  2. Summon portion of specific items
  3. Men at Ionia comprise a body politic
  4. Sullivan followed nobleman and observed closely
  5. Your duty to include Pakistani language
  6. TV character sounds like Lancaster
  7. Shallow waters dappled citrine
  8. Child holds a rare deck of cards
  9. ?Jargon of American taxidermy
  10. Fisherman removed tip of touch organ
  11. A wager Kennedy encouraged
  12. One who entices father at noon
  13. I run into entrepreneur with high success
  14. Hockey star is sorry at heart
  15. Ball player touched ore spewed by heavenly body
  16. Nomadic African people are in boat
  17. Several in error will get put in order
  18. Back in Nantes there's a volcano
  19. ?Measure of gold found in cracked egg
  20. Friend consumed with intellectual taste
  21. Most of fruit comes back by truck
  22. Sound of game is a confused jumble
  23. Summary of revised prices

Down

  1. Do it in clear revision showing the way to go
  2. Writings relit a true rebirth
  3. Disturbed, ill Williams spoke with varying pitch
  4. Edit Time article
  5. ?Fast pace of planet earth
  6. Took notes keeping Indian in mind
  7. Inflict the first stroke
  8. Ingresses obscured in trees
  9. ?Anderson's men giving up a penny
  10. Castilian knight lied egregiously about country's leader
  11. Muse of stoic lionhearted
  12. File is misshapen spar
  13. Promoter's utter confusion about love
  14. Control of rare guns
  15. County of cyber industries
  16. ?Hairdresser has time for book exchange
  17. Having a means to capture wild animals
  18. Wild rat open to type of conditioning
  19. Hoopster's mystical power
  20. Emperor beheaded crone and scattered remains
  21. French beast approached large pepper
  22. Appear to follow story of disaster focus
  23. Pests I brushed off stalks