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Puzzle #65 October 2006  "Summit Meeting"

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. I'm in a picture and a number
  3. Start to cruise, look back, and move slowly
  4. Pamela negotiated with flair
  5. Evil bundle
  6. Eager to make a hole
  7. Extent of fury about note
  8. From Arlington with an earthy deposit
  9. Source of regular payments, some covering a night in Paris
  10. Bit bear with molar for a time
  11. Record of recent errors
  12. A note about love
  13. Birds tip inside ship
  14. Rule covering new weapon
  15. Item of clothing for prelate
  16. Small container for fish
  17. Car maker backed corrupt examiner
  18. Group banality
  19. Run after cooker with fodder
  20. Ruffle large flower
  21. Rust started in dry tool
  22. Confederate standard torn back
  23. Herb and lead covered by dirt
  24. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Alluring girl outwardly in love
  2. Mystery entry
  3. Brillance of tale about capturing cavalry leader
  4. Broken down wrapping around gift
  5. Support injured horse
  6. Impatient misplay of set during break
  7. Quiver of highest voice engulfing male
  8. Train a long time under Egyptian leader's direction
  9. Right bird for Hindu princess
  10. Languor of troop movement around range
  11. Essentially, brew contained rue
  12. Read in France about come-on
  13. With greater fury, decapitated snake
  14. Profits from turning gun over
  15. Claret distilled by OPEC, perhaps
  16. Tunes of a tax bureau
  17. Stated form or class
  18. List of jargon
  19. We agree about copper displaying keenness
  20. Henry leaves boat dirty
  21. Spotted doctor of divinity eating fruit
  22. Mystery entry
  23. Religious community has skill holding on