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Puzzle #134 July 2012  "Manual"

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. County without a leader to engage
  2. Ash, for instance, found in street
  3. Mails a rotten sausage
  4. Spoils of war god
  5. Readjust misaligned inner part of dentures
  6. Pleasant city
  7. Determined gender of germ whose core's an unknown
  8. Mystery entry
  9. Start to claim what's left for crown
  10. Obolensky's trunk
  11. Spoor trail leads back around herd
  12. Put out of building in which Henry's dead
  13. Backing up, cross entryway
  14. Mass and internal energy in operation generate an unstable lepton
  15. Strange tide is swamping people with a madness
  16. Wigs ruffled in draft
  17. Mystery entry
  18. Lederman's back for Christmas
  19. Sent off to settle in a secure refuge
  20. Shelter takes in new American householder
  21. Greg gently turned around holding a moth
  22. Heighten demand to have circumference made large
  23. Fortune teller's wife taken out of gutter
  24. Victor and the others start to hunt for tare

Down

  1. Mystery entry
  2. Insect taking in fruit for nourishment
  3. Antonio nixes eating allium plant
  4. Rapper riding train
  5. Plan what it will cost to move out, finally
  6. Half of marlin's head found inside whale
  7. Shoe worn with socks
  8. Feel bad? Run away
  9. Laugh when Charlie becomes team's first lineman
  10. Nothing's put in food box for a dealer
  11. Mercedes, naked, dancing for shrink
  12. Return rubber fabric brought up before start of service
  13. Make up for a wrong note
  14. To cut off everyone's head is drastic
  15. Bachelor author will make soup
  16. Misia gotten up to be very French
  17. Criticize a coterie wantonly embracing Christ
  18. Redraft a testimonial to include gallery
  19. Ron eats mother in novel
  20. Rule out Dodge carrying ninety
  21. Mystery entry