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Puzzle #99 August 2009  "Surfing"

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. Encourage forest renewal
  2. Cheap pleasures include fruit
  3. Start to play and make sharp sound
  4. Cheese featured in buffet again
  5. Tarantula writhing after its head and tail are cut off is what one would expect
  6. Keen but inadequate without a leader
  7. Anatol is upset not having a key
  8. Dame now going west around Massachusetts
  9. Surrounded by creamed mango
  10. Hit and run in the morning
  11. Only held back by Pelosi
  12. Damned improper claim
  13. Red tape slashed and gradually reduced
  14. One leaves junk for you finally, and trouble
  15. Vehicles remove boron from halfway places
  16. Walter's playfully profligate
  17. Prosecutor occupying flat briefly is fit
  18. Full of green tires
  19. One quitting retinue jockeyed for a permanent position
  20. Keen about excellent deal for graveyard
  21. Go without a leader for free
  22. Grassy covering over man's head is curative
  23. Take article from what's left for a souvenir

Down

  1. Model T, say, goes around battle at the front
  2. Liturgy that might generate real income
  3. The late, brawling Babe Ruth, for instance
  4. Rarely, service is started by the Spanish monk
  5. Gore consumed a winged insect
  6. Discredit woman holding iron up
  7. Very fine operative having wild ride
  8. Entertain royal Ethiopian leader
  9. A great number start nesting in May
  10. Gratefully embraces judge
  11. A Roman turns up in Florence
  12. Unmitigated reversal in soccer upset
  13. Displays clips about commercial
  14. Bum ending up at back of streetcar
  15. Often a medium will get called
  16. We will encounter nasty snout beetle
  17. A turkey's tiniest part
  18. Black bottom fish eats head of newt
  19. Unaccustomed weight and force
  20. Gold reset clumsily without ornament
  21. Shut up about gun going off with an acrid smell
  22. Character of male bathing in river