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Guest Puzzle March 2008  "Deliverance" 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. Greek composed "Gray Pathos"
  2. Speak about publicity for flowers
  3. Notable singer starting tour
  4. In California, Aldo mixed a rum drink
  5. Grip drill tool with energy
  6. Child gets penny for end of rest period
  7. Jumping bean curse
  8. Start to gauge top electron flow
  9. Watch a trapper snare bird
  10. Struck joint note
  11. Stocky Indian without wife had a bit of tea
  12. Warn social gathering president
  13. Routine protein constituent
  14. Flame roll with a bit of rosemary
  15. Note the French clay
  16. Acquire popular mixed breed
  17. Question job head leaving
  18. Bali doesn't have a beach resort
  19. Boatmen's cereal
  20. Real tough part for singer
  21. New coin image
  22. Constellation glimpsed in Palisade, Nebraska
  23. Three types of blood on fur
  24. Pale color of metal teaspoon
  25. Sunrise Bakery ad is new

Down

  1. Odds are ace band leader has what it takes
  2. Friend dined with taste
  3. Legal officer held here in Paris
  4. Aryan keeper embraces New Englander
  5. Goes on the old way, inside and otherwise
  6. Need dispelled in paradise
  7. Topic of puzzle about meson
  8. Mother with violent rage is one who does harm
  9. No prosecutor left meeting place
  10. Big return allowed for a piece of chicken
  11. Glen's rule about admittance
  12. Go back to modify current
  13. Minutely involved Indian
  14. Lines of British instruments
  15. Car cover in cab rack
  16. Marlon has no love for Mark
  17. The quality within is the same
  18. Animal left out of untidy stable
  19. Our cashiers check included present itself
  20. Weasel's tail cut off in walkway
  21. Group of one hundred in clique
  22. Aaron's skein
  23. Southern wood is steep