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Guest Puzzle October 2010  "Office Visit" 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. Identify fish lolling
  3. Ape eats favorite; it's relish
  4. Charm of dog circling tailless sheep
  5. Debate gift poet distributed
  6. Ideal spot of the denizens
  7. I originally overlooked teaching assistant's letter
  8. Heiress tours European island
  9. Peter carelessly left bird
  10. Cope with cement splattered with skill
  11. Gadabout author also gambled
  12. Actor and TV journalist left out
  13. House cat Kennedy stroked
  14. One garment for actress
  15. Actress's bile stirred
  16. Nin of Guana Island
  17. Renounce statement about jargon
  18. Jurist embraces author
  19. Leg retroflexed in image
  20. Voiced part of his anger
  21. Donated monies from Hirt and lady
  22. Piece of cheap Italian bread
  23. Circus area sound
  24. Dog with favorite toy
  25. Initially Melba entered the opera house

Down

  1. Struggle of life in France
  2. Ruminant turned grass back
  3. Glutted with unsatisfactory dates
  4. Joiner with senior
  5. Male meets uninhibited Latin actress
  6. Classes lacking true facts
  7. Peter is out playing with one, and it's boring
  8. Pile of stones jumbled in car
  9. Meet cop unexpectedly in contest
  10. Husband's curse
  11. Almost true darkness
  12. Seeger sound is fading out
  13. Sharp sound returns with biting fly
  14. Grant endowment covers pay
  15. Rap and stroke lever
  16. A section for each
  17. The eastern half of Honolulu is a wonder
  18. I entered fire dept. badly frightened
  19. Wild tapir traps male in hollow
  20. Individual's roaming is misinterpreted
  21. Primarily ancient European gondoliers explored any navigable sea
  22. The municipality of Dallas, Pennsylvania
  23. Lumberman cleaves to narrow path
  24. Number in Hindi Gita