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Puzzle #124 September 2011  "Clew"

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. Fear of Capone weapon
  3. No more melt-down after termination of Einsteinium molecule
  4. Right to get land for Republican drive
  5. Paramedic ingests seaweed
  6. Kind of macabre sprite
  7. Chief has time for prayer
  8. Garment worn by Rabbi Tomislav, e.g.
  9. Ridiculed Rossetti's first poem
  10. Old violin incorporates new filament
  11. Another one snared a bird
  12. Carried by a wave of surging water
  13. Fine net traps goose
  14. None involved in illegal entry in Irish county
  15. Lots of land are about 100 shillings
  16. Even now, one snowman
  17. Loco mare's headed west
  18. Tantalize with a bit of tenderness and comfort
  19. Cameron fictionalized in a novel
  20. Locate letter put back in place
  21. Inauthentic French seal broken
  22. Sibling exchanging small for medium sprayer
  23. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Leap or dance to embrace the return of fall
  2. Mystery entry
  3. André-Marie's mom turned up with dad in Paris
  4. To repeat, I charge about 6.67
  5. Recollection of the author encompasses the rise of Rome
  6. Aristotelian's burden
  7. Fish beginning to dither or fuss
  8. A margin of criminality
  9. Issue of Englishman brewing tea
  10. Painful moan signals ulcerous condition
  11. Folding foil for dough
  12. I'm so crazy for soybean paste
  13. Two helpings of sodium for granny
  14. Sister embraces me in spirit
  15. Roosevelt demise featured in Vogue
  16. Nearest bombs stored in Connecticut
  17. Make of jalopy that consumes energy
  18. Trust a ruler to keep leading
  19. A portion of a trench caved in
  20. Move slowly, taking time out to shut down
  21. Lying, secretly at first, becoming open finally in writing
  22. Irma dancing with union actor, J. A. Muraire
  23. Mystery entry
  24. It's tiring keeping awake