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Puzzle #89 October 2008  "Euclidian Geometry"

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. Hydrogen missile leads to distress
  2. Encompass everything, including what's out of date
  3. Fishy story about eastern seafood
  4. Expression of scorn initially rattled oaf
  5. A snake, for instance, wasted triple energy
  6. Vendor longing to carry a synthetic fabric
  7. John Kennedy committed piracy
  8. Overcharge $1000 for a touch of ruby in make-up
  9. Sweetheart holding ring for bard
  10. Cooking her best dessert
  11. Thin, small cut
  12. Claim involved legal error
  13. Manual edited by English university graduates
  14. Half a steak's consumed? Don't eat for a while
  15. Remaining rule said to be broken
  16. Maverick sent south retreats
  17. Brief end of ancient language
  18. Horse or sow ingesting turnip top
  19. Saw-toothed eaters savagely ingesting horse's heart

Down

  1. Mesh or netting snares a wasp
  2. Gets a year to rebut
  3. Pass electronic circuits at end of line
  4. Exposť erroneously includes clairvoyant
  5. Start piling in early to show affection
  6. Make sense of average incomplete set
  7. A German name for eight in Italy
  8. Young bird of uncertain age allowed
  9. Lived and died with Mark
  10. Get Russell fitted with a brace
  11. See about public relations outing
  12. Hebrew, for instance, has me back in place
  13. Rebuilt adobe dwelling
  14. Space vehicle is large and entirely redesigned up front
  15. Roman sister ultimately has two alternatives
  16. Early Preminger movie's initially lurid atmosphere
  17. Note: blue mixture apt to break down in water
  18. End of blue flower suggests a holiday
  19. Go back with double energy along a double curve
  20. Hear insect run away