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Guest Puzzle June 2009  "Get the Picture" 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. Collection register gets King a place for what happens after 6/12/09
  2. I, in person, freed right captive
  3. Pursuit of happiness started in crib
  4. Harold Turner came to rest
  5. Vessel found in sea or tarn
  6. Wordsmith in return wrote Gore
  7. Simple measure of space surrounding craft
  8. Incomplete ledger returned with blot
  9. Son of Haran got no spoils of war
  10. Caesar and Sullivan showed bias
  11. Physician at UCLA treated a Count
  12. Balance a flake
  13. ID left carelessly gets stolen
  14. A meter of charged particles
  15. Flaming love in duplicate
  16. Margaret going back around city
  17. Fuel with trace of rubidium is reddish
  18. Color of large cruse
  19. Tool selection
  20. Large number of draftees
  21. Curse Yankee hitter without love
  22. Get French cut
  23. Norse astronomer tours Orient
  24. TV show about oldest soldiers returning

Down

  1. Unfortunately I had prosaic stimulant
  2. A gender change is mad
  3. Appetizer with chicken to follow
  4. Selection of the lean, organized Roosevelt
  5. CD featuring Lenya and Cream, maybe
  6. Liar counterfeited money
  7. Straightforward he's not when rattled
  8. Faced up for coffee
  9. Elderly part in tragedy
  10. Rod in loose pile is a hazard
  11. Mollifies baseball team with a bit of liquor
  12. A lark escaped enclosure
  13. Helped initially develop new idea
  14. Tortilla located back inside
  15. Crocodile swallows big, strong bird
  16. At a key point, colt eats head of cabbage
  17. Craft keeps dad separate
  18. Disease of dingo uterus
  19. Varmint holds weapon
  20. Eject us during overtime
  21. At Robert E. High School in Virginia
  22. Weapons well-hidden upside down
  23. Lawrence nurses birds
  24. Aimless, I'd raft freely