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Puzzle #112 September 2010  "Connections"

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. Sick man spared as a sign
  2. In favor of model's first design
  3. Is able to do right with fairness
  4. A licit deformation of a certain type
  5. Bird in water rummaging about
  6. Cut around top of page for display
  7. Issue with English university
  8. Get very hungry after the first harvest is ruined
  9. Composer's control of voice
  10. Sound system of moving trees out
  11. Waste new hammer part
  12. Foreign automobile with top of engine removed is something like a lemon
  13. Stern and dreary at heart
  14. Dog in road running north
  15. Composer of subtle harmonies
  16. John, in court, grabs head of Genovese magistrate
  17. Remove small drill head
  18. Plant evergreens around stake
  19. Metal strip from wagon wheel's hub
  20. Don and Earl engaged in battle
  21. Animal to speak, making up nothing
  22. Sea creature's western caper ended by rough seas
  23. Criticize the German procurer
  24. Chad wins after maiming hero, perhaps
  25. Heartless saint and British noble

Down

  1. Shrewdness of current university fellows
  2. A new seaport academy
  3. Monkey loses tail getting metal bar
  4. Grunt about being enveloped by vehicle smoke
  5. Penny in class is a laughingstock
  6. Warning note included in error
  7. Stray newt's head swallowed by bird
  8. Westerner's time zone
  9. Wife takes papa's place in lush high-rise
  10. Joint force wins one for England
  11. Harrier net traps an eagle
  12. It was ripped up to expose the middle part
  13. A rope is thrown around the French prisoner who was conditionally let out
  14. Scrutinize prosecutor law for offensive act
  15. Entrepreneur's name
  16. Roasted shad is a hit
  17. Approve of retaining Latin character
  18. Lagomorph hidden in marsh area
  19. Composure of one assuming an attitude
  20. Logician quietly substitutes energy for intelligence
  21. Wooden rod inserted in supercharger
  22. Disposition to start rugby in season
  23. Metropolitan demonstrators going around in single file
  24. Repairman takes in a stray
  25. Head off ruminant eating turnip top