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Puzzle #113 October 2010  "Concerti"

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. Mystery entry
  2. Reporter uptown covers break out
  3. Swimmer takes in the last part
  4. Hearing restores formal procedures
  5. Beware of Caesarean collapse
  6. Manure's unlikely epithet
  7. Book taken from Camus is a warning
  8. Signifier of death at the front is surrounded by nine crosses
  9. Heard—saw, maybe—fine material
  10. One wallowing in abysmally muted dullness
  11. Palm off ring in closed hand
  12. Turned missiles back with instrument
  13. Frontier base command
  14. Tired church leader keeps nothing down
  15. Chairman's name
  16. Impression made by male refuge
  17. Article scored Cuba's outmoded computing system
  18. Sailing chart in back of log
  19. Chuck eager to correspond
  20. Monsignor has a foreboding
  21. Grasslike plant seed sprouts and begins growing inside
  22. Initially churlish, ill-mannered, and unrefined
  23. Living in Germany with oomph
  24. Mystery entry

Down

  1. To rotate views, moved left
  2. Mystery entry
  3. Non-reactive interchange
  4. X is about right for a symbol
  5. Wicked sibling eats in
  6. Call for one to start a display
  7. Dotty and Sue will get ice cream with toppings
  8. Animal exhibits token resistance
  9. Majority leader's dire trouble
  10. Bad grade holds good as a symbol
  11. Latin cubist has nightmares
  12. Mad actress takes earth for a cup
  13. Farms without boundaries or protection
  14. See about mutt getting tied up
  15. Mostly, mood is low
  16. Run more nonsense about power playsuit
  17. Guiding spirit of author going around the nation
  18. With rise and fall, lad gets it up
  19. Total pressure in pit
  20. Include union in lawsuit for a reason
  21. First, guys have to help
  22. Mystery entry
  23. Alien link removed from choker