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Puzzle #107 April 2010  "Bull"

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. Flash! Shot at home
  2. Carry about two gees for mendicant
  3. Hog getting everything turned over and beginning to eat waste
  4. Dispatched before now
  5. I rather fancy Tubman
  6. Ray takes off
  7. Eat a pastry with appetizers
  8. Draft a play
  9. More testing delimits network
  10. Grain of royal diamonds
  11. Call about fried eel and vegetable
  12. Wise Tony packs a jacket
  13. Welcome back, Ms Le Gallienne
  14. Republican in court is confident
  15. Ancient township's judge called
  16. Carrot and stick
  17. Demimonde harbors backward ape
  18. Inventive girls, having time and energy, can make tissue
  19. Take a set with facility
  20. Money to keep fit baffled bullhead, say
  21. Observed around end of hour beginning to emerge untroubled
  22. A range of illegitimate votes
  23. Mild bit of pepper in food sent back
  24. Naughty child learning to beg

Down

  1. Brother behind some very important people
  2. Upset several not having a party
  3. You heard about an Egyptian spirit I have found in Greece
  4. Trouble comes from losing head in fright
  5. Man with record is an employee
  6. Makes an egregious error giving one with the same label as another
  7. Clues turned up about large rift
  8. Trademark covers bi-metal mineral powder
  9. Marie loves keeping a gazelle
  10. At that point they're on speaking terms
  11. Stand-in player is even
  12. Expatiate in elaborate detail
  13. The fellows in the Arabian Republic
  14. Angry about no-good thankless one
  15. Last month, in Washington, everything started with coal
  16. Dick and papa cut up tree
  17. One island passage
  18. Gutless, prosaic, wandering vagabond
  19. Right time to hold up a glove
  20. Go back with note for bad guy
  21. Mentioned symptoms and functions
  22. Contrive initially to avoid remembering
  23. Pet device is out of whack and misleading