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Puzzle #104 January 2010  "Jumble"

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. Husband edited copies in shelter
  2. One in a bar gone berserk—a horse, maybe
  3. Madcap Maxie, the heartless barber
  4. Start to speak French before a sage
  5. . . . without being part of his answer
  6. Being up and about, a gentleman keeps time
  7. Hints about providing discharge
  8. Saloon has a toilet
  9. She eloped with a cad
  10. Single, deceptively plain form of anesthetic
  11. Mama better have help
  12. Defective trap snares one animal
  13. Battle of the French and the Spanish
  14. Host almost has lady's undie in a bear hug
  15. Record of recent errors
  16. Court adding iron top to rostrum for speaker
  17. Warden leaves gate for priest to guard
  18. Former criminal loses right to make amends
  19. Henry in bistro getting rub
  20. Broken-down pet cried in distress
  21. Spike's point is obscure
  22. Get a hold of raving rabbi
  23. Hunter cracked spine with butt of revolver
  24. Ideal pet managed to get rid of body hair

Down

  1. Hot paint ruined a lady's head adornment
  2. I don't wantonly include a big poem or portrayal
  3. Loyal civic leader in unfamiliar haunts
  4. One with great expectations started sowing seeds
  5. I must leave lodgings for a dance
  6. Skater's name
  7. God embraces one with love, and softly
  8. Whale emerges keeping away from the wind
  9. Oblige Charlie to go in front
  10. Tattered robes, neither gay nor showy
  11. Delicate offer
  12. A way of getting attention and an edge
  13. Golf club's wide rim
  14. Treasure a hound without a leader
  15. Dutch colonist gets ten for dog
  16. Power-mad buccaneer
  17. Romeo in particular getting hot and steamy
  18. Salivate about taking in a city in Spain
  19. A long way off in safari
  20. Cake with a bit of rum for Brunhoff character
  21. Aspic entrée has zest
  22. Assess quality of shell
  23. Motivate ailing serin to swallow half of pill
  24. Complain about waste