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Puzzle #108 May 2010  "Digital"

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. Fixed a stiff hair
  2. Sloppy model keeps nothing woven
  3. Undergarment that supports Berman oddly
  4. Wracked, O Lord, with sorrow
  5. Cat loses heart in row
  6. Countess of Lovelace takes in one opera
  7. Tailless redwing flying in reverse
  8. Papa, ailing, gets a dose of medicine
  9. Apprentice at home with bird
  10. He denies having a garden
  11. Wild mice keeping south of a habitat that's characterized by not too much moisture
  12. Style of major poem, Lowell's last
  13. English cheat gets time in African republic
  14. Fine-grained rock overturned in metal seam
  15. Satanic vessel is filled with wickedness
  16. Parrot of verbal expressiveness
  17. One in need pillaged base
  18. Expected late start for contest
  19. Styptic chemical reflected in simulation
  20. Agreement about a tree
  21. Mistakenly dials M for melancholy
  22. One in use at another time
  23. Equipment aboard dirigible
  24. Main C sound
  25. Drained last of oil intruded in layer
  26. Hear indecent slang for methaqualone brand

Down

  1. Goes a distance to capture sexual deviant
  2. Carex plant seeded initially at border
  3. Plate holds one pastry
  4. Pervert and sot floundering in filth
  5. Reason to keep Latin part of sentence
  6. Gore at ease, so to speak, on the sheltered side
  7. Mom and the Gallic stud
  8. Rock band in formal opera
  9. Penned in crumbling tower
  10. Large, wild boar in the act of giving birth
  11. Mystery entry
  12. A returned payment set aside
  13. Born and died in want
  14. In the style of Eastern wings
  15. Mystery entry
  16. Scottish city's gray-brown metal loop
  17. Hope everyone will get put out
  18. Fungi form
  19. Mystery entry
  20. Turkey's second president disbanded union
  21. Aromatic roasted lamb with yogurt topping
  22. Fabricator started digging for French coin
  23. Firearm loses force in upset
  24. Mystery entry