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Puzzle #120 May 2011  "Side Effects"

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. Chance to get shilling for down payment
  2. Code sequence period is around ten
  3. Resist spoiling a woman
  4. Start cooking pigeon pierced by end of pin
  5. Drain silver pitcher
  6. Phallus tumescent with sexual desire
  7. The point at which yours truly editorially embraces her
  8. Nothing, in essence, is made right in photo
  9. Able to travel, taking first of trips for one mark
  10. Frantic about angry speech
  11. Bars and crosses that Oscar left
  12. Mystery entry
  13. One odd coin containing charged particles
  14. In Germany, I will be in Richtenberg
  15. Clay mixture or assemblage containing phosphorus instead of hydrogen
  16. Color's reversed in embroidery
  17. Republican joined in agreement and achieved a turnaround
  18. Made fun of old show with cowboys
  19. A plant of the citrus family in a street in Paris
  20. Jell covers core of fruit in fat
  21. Nine Romans shielding emperor
  22. Pedro Páramo's fall
  23. Traveling person has time for a place in Ontario
  24. Live with American University sweetheart

Down

  1. Mystery entry
  2. Something of value, like class
  3. Bond traded with hesitation
  4. Put to rest in mountain territory
  5. Passenger craft plowed Nile River
  6. Fasten securely, keeping tightly stretched
  7. Tiny bit of Dominican tobacco
  8. Has no ribbon to wrap chains up
  9. Angry and cursed without wife
  10. Go in front and quietly come back
  11. Island's convulsive riot involving 1,000
  12. Fanatical bishop takes part in attack
  13. Slowly eat excellent eggs laced with a bit of dill
  14. Chaplin yearned to embrace Roman naturalist
  15. Sing of monarch making nothing of work
  16. They leave tenure uncertain, making Rod cross
  17. Small, tough fragment
  18. Benefit of particle without spin
  19. Southern journey's takeoff place
  20. Appeal of rule-breaking
  21. Military body is ill-adapted, lacking force
  22. Unit added to new model is a standardized component
  23. Goat said to eat horse feed
  24. Mystery entry