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Guest Puzzle February 2011  "Out With the Old" 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. Outfitted brigade poorly, excepting one
  2. Cover identity behind closing of jail
  3. Bob is loud and confused a lot
  4. Facilitate last half of hike
  5. Small pest starts to get nippy at twilight
  6. Pro-energy front
  7. Israeli airline takes union for a month in Tel Aviv
  8. Firm demeanor
  9. Live longer away from home, finally
  10. Comedian Sahl dead in Paris
  11. Hot air envelops rare needlefish, for instance
  12. Leaderless, dumb, and unsophisticated
  13. A French sound has us down
  14. Mystery entries
  15. Remove head from fiddle and badger relative
  16. Garden in Odense, Denmark
  17. Drunken seamen surrounding one are bullies
  18. Derelict is heard to vomit
  19. Bottom bunk
  20. Chauffeur arranged ride around five, at start of rush
  21. Middle Easterner lives in fear abroad
  22. Benefits of steep vessels
  23. Bank's note is extended
  24. Chemically measure titanium, initially to assay
  25. Caricaturist tans poorly

Down

  1. Clair crushed after falling finally for Alliaceae family member
  2. Region covered by Amazon estuary
  3. Posed again with unbecoming stare
  4. Every headless strand
  5. Flow of water is bound to be heard
  6. Woods locates golf ball with cured corem
  7. Editor after young fox wrote bad checks,
  8. Clan-like dancing ritual has bishop throwing up
  9. Adjusts casks containing last of wine
  10. Tour haphazard English path
  11. Redstone, for instance, runs me ragged
  12. Wattage and heat foremost of risks for electrician
  13. To remove parasites, the Mexican goes inside to get wet
  14. Central Ireland is confused about kidneys
  15. Essence of meal lacking flavor, ultimately
  16. Feasts of small cooked reeds
  17. Hint of pain after amputating end of elbow
  18. Disney agent returns with Prince of Motown
  19. Rest area occupied by vetch
  20. Facts are revised a tad
  21. Sideline of baker: roasted hen with pecan center
  22. Actual mountaintop estate agent
  23. Flight from Islamic center
  24. Suspends stove pipes, covering middle of ceiling
  25. Mystery entries