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Puzzle #122 July 2011  "Attitude"

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. Head and tail tossed for money
  3. Facsimile of a clipper losing power and foundering
  4. Nature of weight embarrasses at first
  5. Current matter: lots of land
  6. Papa turned uncharacteristically cautious
  7. Protective garment Nora brought back to cover Penny
  8. Bristles, being cruelly teased without end
  9. Animal eating robin's head and thorax
  10. Lear punished Kent, for instance
  11. So-called help after start of school
  12. First ancestor's carriage
  13. Mystery entry
  14. Leave rested after makeover
  15. Run off in tunnel opening
  16. Mix and associate around ring
  17. Relies on support holding true
  18. Start to clear log jam
  19. Taps beginning to drip liquors
  20. Learning has merit
  21. Histrionics involving a ménage ? trois
  22. Colonizer never started or existed
  23. Way of moving or way of speaking
  24. Extremely vexed and insanely desperate to get ax back
  25. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Offering nourishment, Mary let in a vagabond
  2. Mystery entry
  3. Contrary view of Diana's expressed
  4. Thesis about radius in circle
  5. Calm walk around end of mine
  6. Bishop overcome by regret for yokel
  7. Contract to bring lug back
  8. Crazy Elmer holds up Kindle again
  9. Ceremonial trail bends around center of court
  10. Attitude about small search party
  11. Only takes time for lady to make amends
  12. Mystery entry
  13. Space between treetops for shelter
  14. A new table top for carpenter, perhaps
  15. Strip in cabaret
  16. Wilt before beginning to eat plant
  17. King buried in regal earth
  18. Tarbell conception is free of error
  19. Greek maiden eating last of syrup and coconut meat
  20. Read nonsense about priest's head cover
  21. Led Ella around a secluded spot in the woods
  22. Fine new diamonds
  23. Really stupid taking right for left in course
  24. Game launched initially by one of the Holy Roman Emperors
  25. Mystery entry
  26. 3D image of Gore swimming in swirling stream