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Puzzle #101 October 2009  "Cardiogram"

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. Go around glib at heart and stubborn
  2. First to get copied is open-mouthed
  3. Traveler's hail and farewell
  4. Simple box finished with bronze
  5. Mental image of hideaway
  6. Council's vote is altered
  7. French illustrator is in Ireland or England
  8. Italian sun fish
  9. Author Kennedy gave out
  10. A virulent Maine disease
  11. Place of action observed in report
  12. Sugary stew laced with last of wine
  13. Stir broth, beat vigorously
  14. Cut up head of cabbage in store
  15. Britain's premier tenor mistaken for an English author
  16. Pollen bearing part of fragrant herb
  17. Mark's misfortune, losing ID
  18. Blindly seek end of long cord
  19. Deirdre, without right, is berated for scorn
  20. Eastern Mediterranean country broad-casts to the west around start of year
  21. Gawked and began losing time
  22. Papa has fortune and courage
  23. Charlie leaves ingenious device for lifting

Down

  1. Crazy god's brightly colored kerchief
  2. Couple tangle with energy
  3. Art dealer's Dutch venue challenged
  4. Earns about $1000 for travels
  5. Feel inclined to start paying rent
  6. Record of foridden trysts
  7. Girl is so meticulous keeping limber
  8. Refrain from wasting hours after conference starts
  9. Courtly cops taking time for civic leadership
  10. Heroic aspect of battle pictures
  11. For starters, Helen and Vida eat apples; take one
  12. Bill claims right to rest briefly
  13. Filth, endless and implacable
  14. Nostradamus's instrument
  15. Around end of April, get full lineup
  16. Sound made by writer holding top of harp
  17. Fence temporarily traps a group of badgers
  18. Salesman's spiel takes new form
  19. Start to cook, then greedily eat chicken
  20. Strange need to signal
  21. Fired with rage
  22. Radio details about semiconductor
  23. Franklin and the German in a drinking spree