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Puzzle #93 February 2009  "Eastern Seaboard"

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. Command parrot to embrace jay
  2. Heat a fish noisily
  3. No cigar when cured is natural
  4. Gets ten to rap around loud-speaker
  5. Not many turned contrary
  6. End of class
  7. Finish off with string instrument or woodwind
  8. Durable part of Superman enterprise
  9. Stone tossed at bird
  10. Ella's confused about one name
  11. Number in back reflected in sword
  12. Dotty, Irma, and Jane's last name
  13. Exact number authorized
  14. Uncompromising violinist
  15. Monitor a cell's course
  16. Client has a claim
  17. Withdraw money for digs, including current assets
  18. List showing time for graduate's first informal talk
  19. Published piece of inditement
  20. Name of hag looking the wrong way
  21. Maneuver has Bill in sudden spasm
  22. A small island and a continent
  23. Extract the inside of fish
  24. Doc and I are consumed by a craving for crackerjack

Down

  1. Prisoner gets island material
  2. Legislator condemned treason
  3. The alteration of a pattern takes a minute flat
  4. Waste nothing when fixing luncheon for underwater railway
  5. Medieval flag is returned for value
  6. Consider it reasonable to include a republic
  7. Returning writer's wife is eager at first to go to bed
  8. Smashing nice sconce evokes sense of wrong
  9. Chief has mining started in gorge
  10. Choose right one for Agamemnon's daughter
  11. One barbarian is in Montana for an intensive search
  12. Stage of development in psychoanalysis
  13. One end is a denatured nucleoside
  14. Rigorous maneuver doesn't end in street
  15. File number for cloth
  16. Gets far out by small steps
  17. Silly joke has heart
  18. Bird container has no top
  19. Sack servant that gets sick
  20. Allocation of clothing
  21. Monkey turning it over and over again
  22. Embodiment of Gardner and sailor