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Guest Puzzle January 2010  "Novel" 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. Astonishing god's mad love includes you finally
  2. Actor in super play
  3. Fishlike mobile eye has length
  4. Bad weather for snake
  5. Unsuccessfully wean again
  6. Six join the voting process for the French expulsion
  7. Alumna's niece originally left one thousand do
  8. Apprentice has time for cyberspace
  9. Inappropriate verb applied to a Native American
  10. Martyr's internally affected
  11. Author of fresh revelations
  12. Most animated on wild evil islet
  13. Name of river is in old English
  14. Flat to the east and west!
  15. A double negative is something forbidden
  16. Signaled as noisy British lined up
  17. Start anew after terse upheaval
  18. Greek character amidst evolving crisis has liver disease
  19. Constrictor of odd biota
  20. Site featured in polo calendar
  21. Clownish fellow is left out
  22. Assure we come back in to eat
  23. Leader of East Sarajevo
  24. Showed one out and partied

Down

  1. Most inferior of disorganized NE teams
  2. Fastening cover loosely around lad's head
  3. Train of thought when gal vet wandered
  4. Louvre redecorated with a velvetlike fabric
  5. Healer embraces large game player
  6. Newlywed gives up penny for cheese
  7. Fodder distributed around place by accident
  8. Items of water god
  9. Told off stupid person
  10. In debt, none married
  11. Having a distaste for poetry
  12. Certain to keep five - six alive
  13. Tale I lament about girl
  14. Seeing endlessly raging river
  15. Landlady is taken in by sales sorority
  16. Treaty was reportedly stowed
  17. Farewell note for a French woman
  18. Churn butter with energy in glass tube
  19. City of curiosity
  20. Adder poisoned otter
  21. Musician expresses pain
  22. Odd scene involving a box
  23. Penelope gets nothing for new flower
  24. Senate bribed and corrupt