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Puzzle #84 May 2008  "X"

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. East Orange's most prominent family
  2. Play host to 1100 in noisy Tripoli
  3. A right to punish in secret
  4. Dance got started after small victory
  5. Angry about end of meat supply
  6. Let go of transparency
  7. Pooh comes back with the sound of a cold
  8. Pass carrying a hot chunk of fuel
  9. That French train doesn't start
  10. Perfect voice
  11. Initially churlish, ill-mannered, and unrefined
  12. Support it with promissory notes having favorable conditions
  13. Stroked evenly with tip of club
  14. Resolve to have base for work measure
  15. Faculty keeps up with head of school in a state of uncertainty
  16. Final form
  17. Class is all about fiber
  18. Not having much of anything
  19. Potter makes right one pileous
  20. Party ran ticket with strong man
  21. New topics in the physics of light
  22. Talked jargon with no end of bull
  23. High cheer for opening
  24. Finish rewrite about a nag

Down

  1. Picture's Ben's follower as a king
  2. Writer started getting hell for end of song
  3. Sea bird's speed
  4. Getting dirty without face getting greasy
  5. Hooker with love for cards
  6. Arrange time and place
  7. Make a point of dishonesty
  8. Provide cover or stop talking
  9. Leave filming session unfinished
  10. In story, Penny is second to fall back
  11. Putrefaction begins in old food item
  12. Broad in scope and deceptively plausible, when error is initially absent
  13. Write more, including detail
  14. Animal with a large, really ugly snout up front
  15. Endless Irish rainbow
  16. Knight uttered oath out loud for entertainment
  17. Infamous spy and Argentine personality
  18. Lack number for date in document
  19. State regulated milk suppliers
  20. Royal emissary started to entertain lavishly
  21. Lyon is questionably unique
  22. Started summer getaway with a view of the ocean
  23. Turned up flaws of little importance