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Guest Puzzle July 2008  "Fortune Cookie" 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. BLT with rye I concocted on leave
  3. Courts primarily where only officers serve
  4. Sole set awry in foot deformity
  5. Sizzling hot cue signals hit
  6. Loiter nonchalantly around French clover
  7. Lead singer
  8. Satisfactory rise
  9. Money I put in instrument you originally lost
  10. Rule nine involves Russian
  11. Secretary scribbled notes
  12. Broil fish organ with a bit of rice
  13. Irish consumed with anger
  14. Ride metro around ancient government unit
  15. We let out about five to a dozen
  16. Waterway a clan littered
  17. Army posts for Troy security, primarily
  18. Corner in street
  19. Restaurant has foremost coffee and French éclairs
  20. Garments are short and essentially garish
  21. Rodents in Copacabana
  22. Dad had wide foot
  23. Corrupt, venal center
  24. Cereal leading dieticians stigmatize

Down

  1. Dressmaker, e.g., has more material?
  2. Auction includes originally blue pelt
  3. Smoke in refrigerator
  4. Opening part of plain letter
  5. Business dealing with capacitor memory
  6. Paleness of opal lorgnettes
  7. Distribute one solid wire coil
  8. Call out location of goods
  9. Looked over large salad
  10. Englishman eliminating right datum
  11. Thresholds of secondary pains
  12. Mystery entry
  13. Poet a crew distracted
  14. Lines formed in shortened workday for sheer material
  15. Streetcar of Teddy Roosevelt's America
  16. Vessel is endlessly large
  17. Advocate wearing Vice Admiral's neckware
  18. Relative invests money around country
  19. Choice selection of the literature
  20. Newt has hefty heart
  21. Wasp entirely circles tree
  22. Who reportedly first chucked hot alcohol?
  23. Author of "Windblown Ashes"
  24. Insert in centerpiece