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Guest Puzzle May 2007  "To Be or Not To Be" 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. Desires, resurging within, increase in intensity
  3. Mystery entry
  4. Type of pasta boxed in European Alps
  5. Excavation around ancient Sumerian city belonging to a family of rodents
  6. Sell a quid a mixed tortilla
  7. Gloomy, small creditors
  8. Leave out, initially, one man in three
  9. Cauchos of yule season
  10. Pension plan man
  11. Meets, regroups, distributes
  12. Mystery entry
  13. Reassessed trader's confusion about energy
  14. Mystery entry
  15. Steal essentially sacred pair of ibises
  16. Fumes from five out of six brooks
  17. Pueblo table has stain
  18. Walled vineyard's partly enclosed
  19. A Slav in Brussels
  20. Help North Ireland's back country
  21. Pertaining to raw data of cosmetics
  22. Mystery entry
  23. Fiber from retreating animal
  24. Receipts from delegates
  25. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Praiseworthy telegram contains radical rewrite
  2. Calcium compound mixed; limed too
  3. Brisk movement of fish you said escaped
  4. Lulu's got heart of limp horseshoe crab
  5. Condescend to hold small drawing
  6. Unwilling to start nursing sick
  7. Was initially present at the place
  8. Chains of about ten atomic electrons
  9. Buzz about acceptable nonsense
  10. Distressed Ted "Oy" idled
  11. Sibling hides letter in passage
  12. Embarrassing outburst of obsceneness
  13. Tropical birds in leaves
  14. Mystical animal having two horns
  15. Unnatural sound to play out
  16. Retroactively forbid arrest
  17. Projecting points in cans with errors
  18. Cora went off with a bow
  19. Portuguese navigator spoke back
  20. Alternative chemical form is more volatile
  21. Metal fabricators worked TN mine
  22. National collection United States not available