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Guest Puzzle May 2010  "Wired" 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 entry
  2. Rude ad menórude beyond what can be imagined
  3. Ranting about no coming back after leaving
  4. Verdi's aborted excursion
  5. Persuade one confounded dunce
  6. And in France you finally get one case
  7. Deliver molten lead
  8. Stop Holbrook, at last
  9. Flower never gets started in back
  10. Got a motto about packaging plant
  11. Mad Jordie carries club in driving caper
  12. Tatum returned in control to learn a new skill
  13. Cooking no-no includes one Allium plant
  14. Approach outside of new car
  15. Hard-working princess gets excited tingle
  16. Answer choice is partially misconstrued
  17. Invited a deb to party
  18. Very short implement
  19. Woman only covers up later
  20. Comedian of year bombed
  21. Look back and stagger
  22. Less weighty volume
  23. Announced composer's name

Down

  1. Basic, mundane flat refurbished
  2. Pig, e.g., and gnu turned up dead
  3. Sensitive body part with nothing to smile about
  4. Certified teacher in entranceway is a medical professional
  5. Lank, non German relative
  6. A nurse accompanies English composer
  7. Open a container
  8. The reverend hiding at this place
  9. I'm doused somehow like a jelly fish
  10. Inhumanity of two drinking establishments and faceless city
  11. Tooth preparation of porcelain layers
  12. Turning faint and, uh, dank
  13. Consequently ogre retreated
  14. Name each concept
  15. Lap leader veering off and lifting
  16. Swiss painter participates in vernissage
  17. Rude Andy embraces faculty chief
  18. Edited, regulated, and limited intake of food
  19. Earth in broken-down silo
  20. A Van Gogh in the Orient
  21. Endless carol?
  22. Cheap gambler hijacked in north
  23. Stolen tin-free metal ware