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Puzzle #95 April 2009  "Marketplace"

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. Start to swill wine for fun
  2. Head of government held in check by rule
  3. Daniel fired, dropping one antelope
  4. Rex in motel ordered wine
  5. Crap time in prison
  6. Wizened prophet is heard
  7. Studied geography around boundary
  8. Kind of bass or trout
  9. Executive action started in box
  10. Cheese, in short, isn't finished
  11. Mombassa's beast of burden
  12. Put last of change in plate for one piece of furniture
  13. In Paris, nothing about shilling being up
  14. Theater has a kind of energy
  15. Steadily inhaling marijuana
  16. Food from dandelions
  17. Celebrated in Costa Rica
  18. Pretend to own a network
  19. Small speck gets zapped
  20. Reportedly a place to go shopping for a hammer
  21. City in Castile
  22. Opposed to 99 having a geometrical shape
  23. Irish immigrant holding a wedge
  24. Attack a small waterfall
  25. Good Mandarin primarily spoken
  26. Elsie's place is dark at first, then light

Down

  1. Muck led Gus astray
  2. Sign of true competition
  3. Sudden feeling of deep angst
  4. Fastest rusher takes heat
  5. One who trades egg for head of ax in trough
  6. Kingfish under part of ship
  7. Many hors de combat
  8. Snake finally got cat, perhaps
  9. Tree eventually started to burn
  10. No time to drive for heath
  11. April 13 - Perhaps an unfinished thought finishes at last
  12. Sea horse
  13. Senior's unfinished, unstrung racket
  14. Base runner lacks energy and is not as fresh
  15. "Get ready," Rob said
  16. Film is damaged, exposed at the top, and put in the wrong place
  17. Mom gets cash back for cassava
  18. Truss a goose stuffed with starch
  19. Reckless multitude
  20. Guests to assemble around portico
  21. Strong perfume's color changes to violet finally
  22. Term for "officeholder" is neuter, oddly
  23. Heedless substitution of 500 for 50 at top of page
  24. Clan to travel about a mile