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Guest Puzzle July 2010  "Pot" 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. I cross winding street in city
  2. Repeat two notes
  3. Singer engages attorney in idle talk
  4. I propose harpooning a small whale
  5. Pilot David undressed and ate
  6. Fish's resting place
  7. Sphere of battle of warfare nations
  8. French forsook wind instrument for stringed instrument
  9. Yankee's name
  10. First and last of beverages taken out in sports arena
  11. Field of oleander
  12. Lad and I run helter-skelter daily
  13. Amount of net return
  14. Ancient tools for modern Gaels
  15. Feel yardarm's fishy part
  16. Hand covering returns profit to McGraw
  17. Backward relative has a prejudice
  18. Goodbye from a princess, old style
  19. Man loses shirt for hoarder
  20. Crazy to lose head getting Charlie a spoon
  21. Meaningless to be mad without primary strategy
  22. Returned praise of a twosome
  23. Woman at a ballpark
  24. Ginger condiment of Bulgaria
  25. Inclined to keep insect in vehicle
  26. Volunteer comes back with the inappropriate Biblical verb of adoration

Down

  1. The tick destroys shrubbery
  2. Na, Cu, Ti, and Al combined are related to ships on water
  3. Bacon for tennis star on trains
  4. Paula itemized drinks with milk
  5. Hemingway has a grave
  6. Editor's mark in obstetrics
  7. One song, in particular, I arranged
  8. Child-proof locks for machines
  9. Not, oddly, smoothly
  10. Stained from untidy edaphon
  11. An item of little value found in an arena during a holiday
  12. Citizen gets a charge in a Brazilian city
  13. Ornament curiously put alee
  14. No flatulence arose from starch
  15. Shirt held by exercising tenor is putrid
  16. Metal alloy of titanium and nickel I left out
  17. Declare Vera insane
  18. Sing piece in harmony
  19. Bishop's area around river is dry and withered
  20. Poe revised archaic term to unlatch
  21. A hiding place in former British colony
  22. Revise diet!
  23. Remove center of crown with instrument
  24. Cosmetic tool from wild shrub in L.A.