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Puzzle #131 April 2012  "Fab Four"

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. Improper tale about new rabbi's horny growth
  3. Start to drain liquor in container
  4. Forbidding redistribution of treasure with one ruble missing
  5. Shot deer, including one duck
  6. Start of short walk along runway
  7. Mix one with a topping of mint for Samuel
  8. Elevate level of speech
  9. Nothing/everything has to be contingent
  10. Put out of eastern school
  11. End up engaging to shelter fool
  12. Cure for a chief magistrate?
  13. Scrap stuff, turning mass to heat ultimately
  14. Irregular English flower
  15. Native American name for every bird
  16. Clash or tangle with professor
  17. Difficulty with almost having wealth and title
  18. Check seat when moving around train
  19. Airline carrying dough in France, Morocco, etc.
  20. Newton becomes first of meddlers in dark force
  21. Hopes only to have money
  22. Don't start to mark fruit
  23. Chuck votes to imprison one governing council
  24. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Figure pot holds deuteron and electron
  2. Mystery entry
  3. Some letters about an item on a menu
  4. Loss in currency leads to disagreement
  5. Hears altered part
  6. Revolutionary figure running a tram
  7. Muscular tension created by uracil in large quantities
  8. Merited having a ceremony
  9. Contraption encasing a snare
  10. Duct at end of heart is huge
  11. Talk with first of linemen replacing punter near the end
  12. Unusually fine time for deceptive action
  13. Another idea including travel
  14. One university dropped out of hunt for prize
  15. Freedom rule is broken late, finally
  16. Fan loses love for one reveler
  17. Ripe pears containing energy
  18. Name of quintet of Americans
  19. Chief of empire rudely embracing Rod
  20. Adventure in space: a wild ride, but only the last half
  21. Fashionable party for people of mixed ancestry
  22. Writer keeps quiet in academic setting
  23. Mystery entry
  24. Quiet brook is high-pitched in sound