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Puzzle #68 January 2007  "New Beginnings"

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. Winner making one error in course
  2. The Spanish go back with rare looker
  3. Notice this site and get attached
  4. Model talks about a triangle
  5. Lad eats kernel of nut for uplift
  6. Copy 150 + 1
  7. Small insect pin
  8. Expressed a thought long in force
  9. End of last animal reel
  10. Hear a lot about a sea in central Asia
  11. Power is back, rejuvenated
  12. Eats cooked hair
  13. Start to study recent record of activity
  14. Left unopened door secure
  15. Keeps rejecting true claims
  16. Container for finished bowl
  17. Conflict about eastern clothing
  18. Temper the lust for travel
  19. Gets even with a golfer from Pedre?a
  20. Arrived with large caisson
  21. Thin slab of wood with top cut off
  22. Scene in lyric poem about core of prison
  23. A little bit of soda to mix
  24. Excitement is loud, always

Down

  1. Finished with a little dress
  2. Crown has large cover
  3. Take off from Parisian canal
  4. Combat bundle includes two shirts
  5. Fill up with fuel containing hydrogen
  6. Light originating in Seattle, shimmering and radiating from the center
  7. Base mineral held up
  8. Inventor chopped carrot with energy
  9. One way you initiated indifference
  10. There's no reason to have to breathe noisily
  11. Large dress returned for money
  12. Where birds mate in little knots
  13. Inappropriate doom for a devil
  14. A god brought up in a valley
  15. Geneva struggling to even the score
  16. Helen informally expressed wish to have ladies around
  17. Misguided pariah was the first to be beaten back
  18. At first Sam, then Fanny, talk back
  19. Rudely evict a viverrine
  20. A narrow strip of land with scattered rainfall
  21. Drink for an engraver
  22. Gem of singular quality
  23. Temper sound before beginning of run