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Guest Puzzle October 2012  "Marxism" by Kevin Cadmus

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. Five across words and seven down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those twelve letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a two-word phrase related to the mystery entries. 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. Lead astray English singer
  3. Big gun mostly isn't able to end confrontation
  4. Settled judge lacking nothing
  5. Air holes in returned suitcase rankled
  6. And not beginning to meet standard
  7. Surgical tool renter loses first bit of enthusiasm
  8. Alcohol swallowed by Brown ex-president
  9. Cut dried grass back for God
  10. Happy with the end of table clearing
  11. Instrument starts to overrun Bank of England
  12. Guide a ringbearer carrying Precious
  13. Current editor served well
  14. Frenchman's very sexy up front hair
  15. Careful about alien returning wet
  16. Dropping the last piece of cake is a civil wrong
  17. Present, for example, were unruly teens
  18. Fear of wild adder
  19. Eccentric drew back concealing his nakedness
  20. Western university has no fuel
  21. Expert conceals the onset of her pain
  22. Insult a religion that excludes yours truly
  23. Giant Eagle hides pot grower
  24. Mystery Entry

Down

  1. Soothing by having unending charity for the poor
  2. After end of tornado, some power returning for Canadian city
  3. Platforms back assistance operation
  4. A chick overseas
  5. Beginning of examination for sulfur in Shell Oil container
  6. Horse injured blacksmith
  7. Eddy left after prostitute lost last of clientele
  8. More recent content of magazine we read
  9. Sounds like appropriate metal
  10. Prepared agreed arrangement
  11. Frustrate in reversing yourself, it seems
  12. Clay lost heart
  13. Pitcher starts to expect winning every rotation
  14. Someone making up at a backward place in Nevada
  15. Elder alumnus holds new M.A.
  16. Protect from outside mess with a utensil
  17. Johnny cold before starting a fire
  18. A comedian cracked up a European country
  19. Advance in course
  20. A rater made bad mistakes
  21. Made educated without a trace of logic
  22. Round passageway, yet eel is squished