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Guest Puzzle June 2010  "Rumble, Rumble" 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. Mystery entry
  2. Tree woman chopped down was rotten
  3. Dali exercised at gym every day
  4. Leaving welfare in doubt at fifty
  5. Slander from Cabal, I believe
  6. Venetian administrator's pet licked face of emperor
  7. Distribute list SOP for guns
  8. Visit a lich-gate partly related to an ancient Mediterranean country
  9. Air France flight carries one instrument
  10. King left castle with small marsupial
  11. Cyst had hardness at the time
  12. Kiss an actor
  13. Broadcast a dire disquietude
  14. Holbrook has no ring
  15. Munch on pellet found in river
  16. Fire at radical involved in notorious feats
  17. Spanish dish for press agent and singer
  18. Sandwich of the Romans
  19. Scandinavians have a hundred parties
  20. Teamsters started to question work assignment
  21. Race in looser undergarments
  22. Window frame of southern hardwood
  23. Trendsetter's objective
  24. Enraptured by nest reconstruction

Down

  1. In capitol I turned into one experienced in the art of government
  2. This Tory booklet contains children's literature
  3. Soothe excited casualties up front, applying a comforting preparation
  4. Story about building extension that can be cut
  5. Rob from least poor
  6. Sharp manipulator took in republican
  7. Sharecropping clip
  8. Designer of gameboard I ordered
  9. Ingest exotic tea
  10. Artist of purer technique
  11. Indian origins of one timeless old estate
  12. In comparison with English Lord
  13. George Washington got unusual wage for bauble
  14. Send Red unceremoniously to German city
  15. One who winds up but doesn't start as a fisherman
  16. Hear swindler was beheaded
  17. Slide off and move sideways
  18. Gallop in a forest carrying sleeveless garment
  19. Fighter in South Carolina is related to Frankish people
  20. Worked without interest at first and argued the case
  21. Before unit broke down, travel ended
  22. Nordic name of undies vendor
  23. Nixon getting news initially had to take short, rapid breaths