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Guest Puzzle April 2008  "Shock Value" 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. Cat in endless wild chase shows guts
  2. Works tool without rubber
  3. Rend the virus coming back internally
  4. A person of standing, Tory lay in disarray
  5. I left, took a cab, got charged
  6. Writer reviewed air for planet
  7. Fairy drink
  8. Dwarf editor has a thousand deducted from wages
  9. Burning of the tropical interior
  10. Promise to initiate the report of the hearing
  11. Urge burglar to take off cap
  12. Arizona University takes note of blue sky
  13. Tangled yarn swallowed by red fox
  14. Adore roaming nymphs
  15. Admirable bovine
  16. Raise crumpled sign
  17. Puts down ballads
  18. In my opinion, a scholarly book,
  19. Physician holds love to be in fashion
  20. Courtship dress
  21. One fought covered in vines
  22. Fixes on carbohydrates missing 40% of chaff
  23. Miserably frozen inside for nothing
  24. Low temper doesn't end
  25. Rodents eat essentially crummy books
  26. Count with no feeling blocking her debut

Down

  1. Unleashing zeal, I do part pertaining to figure
  2. Public remedy without capital advance
  3. Harlot loses dog in play
  4. Alter incoming tide
  5. For he's usually carrying a monkey
  6. State has rating by registry's chief navigator
  7. Aware of combined ire and zeal
  8. Wainscot extends around coop
  9. Returning, Ray rode around boat
  10. Sees fruit
  11. Mystery entry
  12. Area circumference surrounded by track
  13. So far, one Tibetan sighting
  14. Sweeten, spice, and heat forest humus
  15. Luke's guitar
  16. Corrupt mean family
  17. Leave out portion of somite
  18. Denied section of one gate dented
  19. Obstetrician looked and followed orders
  20. A thousand male sheep's weights
  21. Have staff insiders dress
  22. Ignorantly dash fish
  23. Hero to repair housing of helicopter blade