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Guest Puzzle September 2006  "Ataxia" 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. Inclined to capture rook when experienced
  3. Surely I require Dutch involvement
  4. Strict radio personality
  5. Strode defiantly with club to annihilate
  6. Don't complete the food staple three times
  7. Lot of a temple's inner furnishing
  8. Insert tip of oiler into earthy material without a bore
  9. Foot has interlocking aspects
  10. Portray in wide pictures
  11. Landlord is better after British go for pound
  12. Prescriber of medicine goes back to replace sward
  13. Refurbished base ready to produce striped fabrics
  14. Respond to more action, in part
  15. Allen has excellent fuel
  16. Behold husband in support group greeting
  17. Unser in dwelling with gold unit
  18. Also part of human development
  19. Storage in odd stillroom without methionine
  20. Exclamations: Go away! Back!
  21. Ununionized worker: some carpenters awfully bitter at first
  22. Granting new fife to nephew
  23. Shelters, else turmoil

Down

  1. Screamed "Ow!" from sallow complexion
  2. Most recent form of shoe
  3. Fort Hood has description pertaining to two adjacent positions in the benzene ring
  4. Cold weather: no time and place to ferment grapes
  5. Magic spell may travel
  6. Unemotional and united around head of team
  7. SA country hosts physician with new offspring
  8. Thousands of dollars go to Earl from gullible people
  9. Confronts poets embracing English
  10. Buffet appetizer containing cheese
  11. Having wings in the manner of towhee's coverings
  12. Santa's tykes appear, in part, toothsome
  13. Business is not finished with head of treasurer in planned action
  14. Commemoration with sweltering D Day heat
  15. Root without top is about 550 meters
  16. At sea, sailed clockwise
  17. Entertainment area has supplier--backward person who beautifies in a petty way
  18. Henry finished off with 50%
  19. Animal disrupted sale
  20. Every other two nets hold digits
  21. New age gas
  22. Back only organic compound
  23. Naysayer removed from oppositions' proposals