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Guest Puzzle August 2012  "Feel the Beat" by Unknown

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).

Across

  1. Mystery Entry
  2. Surprisingly abler lead singer
  3. Starts to suspect his exegesis misrepresents a Biblical character
  4. Suburban jogger carries guitar
  5. Lured at around one into bed
  6. Ray featured in Globe Amphitheater
  7. Voices displeasure or nags freely
  8. Rate has official introduction
  9. Pol hater disturbed too many
  10. Grub eaten by crew or mates
  11. Failed, staggeringly off course
  12. First man returned holding front of zippy car
  13. Po River Delta traversal ends with the mouth
  14. Direct removal of egghead from joint
  15. For example, gin adds grand incitement
  16. Reportedly, deer sleep lightly
  17. European car mandate
  18. Anxiety exhibited by June, as expected
  19. Endless leave spoiled Glen
  20. Pecker check
  21. Impolite penniless Puritan
  22. Carry tip of May pole
  23. Animal criticized a sound-alike
  24. Mystery Entry

Down

  1. Mystery Entry
  2. Surprisingly abler lead singer
  3. Starts to suspect his exegesis misrepresents a Biblical character
  4. Suburban jogger carries guitar
  5. Lured at around one into bed
  6. Ray featured in Globe Amphitheater
  7. Voices displeasure or nags freely
  8. Rate has official introduction
  9. Pol hater disturbed too many
  10. Grub eaten by crew or mates
  11. Failed, staggeringly off course
  12. First man returned holding front of zippy car
  13. Po River Delta traversal ends with the mouth
  14. Direct removal of egghead from joint
  15. For example, gin adds grand incitement
  16. Reportedly, deer sleep lightly
  17. European car mandate
  18. Anxiety exhibited by June, as expected
  19. Endless leave spoiled Glen
  20. Pecker check
  21. Impolite penniless Puritan
  22. Carry tip of May pole
  23. Animal criticized a sound-alike
  24. Mystery Entry