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Puzzle #106 March 2010  "Seesaw"

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. 1. Thrifty Ruth, half covered by torn flag
  2. One incipient canvas and one unfinished picture
  3. Jacket of a knight or a king
  4. Discordant pop in proscenium causes a halt
  5. Prototypic poem in medieval Latin
  6. South American argon- and coal-producing region
  7. Bond infiltrates commencements
  8. I'd bet Ned fails to become accountable
  9. Rock fish nabs heron's tail
  10. Coined a verb about going west to get away
  11. Fly left bursting with energy
  12. Calvinism overwhelms a town in Texas
  13. Barren meadow forsaken at the end
  14. Countermeasure has taken time
  15. Dangerously conceals boil
  16. List includes one oven
  17. Six times in class with alien
  18. Ugly sermon about Thor's head and grotesque figure
  19. A chaotic situation may at first move fast
  20. Brown ape is on the go
  21. Offer hospitality with the Spanish approach
  22. Fold note inside container
  23. Conifer's misrepresented in a debate

Down

  1. Provoke men to run amok after fighting at the front
  2. Wild spree around ring produces calm
  3. Pulling vehicle and wagon back by hill
  4. One to get over
  5. Idle movement of a 24-hour cycle
  6. Same rugged tableland
  7. Benefit of alcoholic beverage
  8. Expected back around 5 to eat
  9. Kind of weather-beaten steel
  10. Wife, in turn, is now beginning to whine
  11. Prevent head of fox getting caught in rungs
  12. A noisy old car in urban Germany
  13. Reddish brown shrub traps oxygen
  14. Hotel executive gets to send messages
  15. The Minister of Groove is captivated by jazz or opera
  16. Favor quiet, direct attention
  17. Cat has entered into mousehole
  18. Prison time ended for staff
  19. Green Daimler crashes after you make one error
  20. Mint plant soon started to ripen
  21. Street I had paved
  22. Movie machine runs without heat at first
  23. Burn to make about a thousand