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Puzzle #114 November 2010  "Moonshine"

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. Drive around Long Island chasing after back issue
  2. Gas beginning to leak out of channel
  3. Crownlike part of ring in cracked acorn
  4. Neurotic about money
  5. Coating mix goes around head of statue
  6. One old-fashioned way to get a marble
  7. Thickens a goulash with starch
  8. A horse's tooth and buttocks
  9. Redesign a steel plant
  10. Peres is uninhibited in binge
  11. Bishop leaves airship sagging
  12. Sew bottom part around end of skirt
  13. Youngster grabs ram's head first, and then its tail, in scrap
  14. Genus of frog from rare collection
  15. Beloved French singer and author
  16. Separate and cut around top of piling
  17. Clear incident involving princess being turned back
  18. Feel uneasy about tourist's skin condition
  19. Reset a cryptic puzzle
  20. Madeline's food emporium
  21. Biologist starting viral register
  22. Intersession is about language
  23. Fuss about ape making a run for fish
  24. Hormone synthesizing is recent

Down

  1. Proust jolted by English carriage
  2. Swedenborg's delightful place
  3. Chase unit covered by financial resources
  4. Devise a container to hold an electron
  5. Get beaten about nothing out in the open
  6. Flush of water in sewer
  7. Washington put up hand to grab one
  8. Fellow eating large crow
  9. Opening time for Native American
  10. Island cop is a young troublemaker
  11. Worry about woman in stream of water
  12. Moved slowly and stirred up bedlam
  13. Don't accept having golf for some beginner in cloister
  14. Special ceremonies for elves, perhaps
  15. Dog's excrement initially prompts oath
  16. Fighter's tablet translated by Rod
  17. Mother incubating egg for bird
  18. Planet's passage
  19. Insubstantial part of politeness
  20. Roe starts to exude gray-green stuff
  21. Deliver southern greeting
  22. Say nothing in wickedness
  23. An eye half open with spasm
  24. Painter never keeps an assistant