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Guest Puzzle March 2011  "Hoofing It" 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. The Brewsters's language
  3. State has laic in for a disturbance
  4. Legislative clause involving a football player
  5. Bolger returned no material
  6. Relief from aerosol acetone
  7. Opening of first of rifts in shore
  8. Primarily women share broken appliance
  9. Magritte's indomitable spirit
  10. Kreisler's cay
  11. MBDB in the dentifrice
  12. Two of the French start to osculate
  13. Grape preserve containing energy
  14. Soft drink made body's mass fluid, finally
  15. Avoid taking time for Papa to wait
  16. And thou, old Roman, eviscerated, gutted in turn
  17. Terrible, tumultuous ride
  18. Spike's ruffled caps
  19. Resort misspelled in list
  20. Old Norse diamonds held in reserve
  21. Bohlen's a weight watcher
  22. Fashionable clique's entrance
  23. Without reason initially, Sigi and Ed quarreled
  24. Came briskly back around platform

Down

  1. Revise brother's ad for cake
  2. Spotter loses time for a breather
  3. Mix of granite, tellurium, and silver ore
  4. Gain from learning
  5. No idea upset Indian
  6. One left motley retinue to adjust strings again
  7. Metal cruet stained a light color
  8. Repeat part of credos
  9. Disease disrupted shark work around 10
  10. Worse returns without capital primarily in custodial account
  11. See English sister start to pinch daddy's toe
  12. Eat up in Oklahoma city
  13. Buddy grabs one bucket
  14. A general on the protected side of the ship
  15. Country without a particular point of view
  16. Impudent bachelor getting on in years
  17. Lacking animation, its pace changed
  18. Demon-driven engine has no number
  19. Revolutionary's shirt in box
  20. Sordid and erotic without a bit of taste
  21. Reorganize reef at no cost
  22. Finally guard our stern
  23. Acid extracted from distilled naphtha