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Guest Puzzle April 2010  "Olla Podrida" 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. Mystery word
  2. Assorted teas in the orient
  3. Capp has recycled paper for clothing
  4. Specialist is like a heavenly body orbiting China
  5. Footballer with facial feature to protect
  6. Grain of inner Iceland
  7. Duck tale translated
  8. Earl follows braised rib with cheese
  9. Nine returned for projecting part
  10. Guy lost initial tolerance for hoarder
  11. Goddess distributed diet at gym
  12. Prepared to predict and finish story
  13. Bigger mango contains seed
  14. Met a guard returning inside entranceway
  15. Prayers of a thousand persons with common hereditary features
  16. Weapon in tent without an opening
  17. Convoluted flue for gas and the like
  18. Airplane maneuver over pond
  19. Scion keeping wealth initially scattered
  20. Direct deployment of lure
  21. Money of merry England
  22. Flower girl's name
  23. Part of gear can obstruct gyration originally
  24. Make of car to avoid
  25. Illness of rocky seaside
  26. Mystery word

Down

  1. Provoke men to run amok after fighting at the front
  2. Wild spree around ring produces calm
  3. Pulling vehicle and wagon back by hill
  4. One to get over
  5. Idle movement of a 24-hour cycle
  6. Same rugged tableland
  7. Benefit of alcoholic beverage
  8. Expected back around 5 to eat
  9. Kind of weather-beaten steel
  10. Wife, in turn, is now beginning to whine
  11. Prevent head of fox getting caught in rungs
  12. A noisy old car in urban Germany
  13. Reddish brown shrub traps oxygen
  14. Hotel executive gets to send messages
  15. The Minister of Groove is captivated by jazz or opera
  16. Favor quiet, direct attention
  17. Cat has entered into mousehole
  18. Prison time ended for staff
  19. Green Daimler crashes after you make one error
  20. Mint plant soon started to ripen
  21. Street I had paved
  22. Movie machine runs without heat at first
  23. Burn to make about a thousand