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Puzzle #109 June 2010  "Windings"

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. Power locomotive around South Carolina
  2. Harmony sung, in part
  3. Pollen-bearing organ of fragrant herbs
  4. Back behind nag that won't start
  5. Just start breakfast and clean up early
  6. Store clutter includes top of brass lamp
  7. Filthy pelican swallows gull
  8. Drive around a country in Europe
  9. Spirited Clay victory the end of George
  10. Sun has energy for start of timeless burn
  11. Bad guy is proud about evil
  12. Dresser gets to keep fabric
  13. Appropriate encounter
  14. Essentially nasty, rotten, deceitful loudmouth
  15. State created in 1821 through union
  16. Seaman with beige plaid
  17. Sound of newt's head in swampy ground
  18. Cassandra's got polish
  19. Roman warrior with Arabic name
  20. Get a colleague to go back around site
  21. Fashionable southern trade center
  22. The last of home games
  23. Personnel work fast before start of feast

Down

  1. Mom's hot for builder
  2. Persistently request more input after reshuffle
  3. Whalebone and fish taken up in proscription
  4. Squad leader in group is beaten
  5. A sound of endless beauty
  6. Mother Goose incubates accordingly
  7. Dark brown bird goes around church
  8. A suit worn after end of launch in space
  9. Apium plant? Make haste without it
  10. Permit covering start of trip in prospect
  11. Fever time is about up
  12. Sorry about trapped insect
  13. Pongid featured in paper
  14. Inferior quality of vegetables served
  15. Refuse to admit having taken over its fortune
  16. Visualized 7 5
  17. Ate and drank without love
  18. Catches up with an old Greek citizen
  19. Cobalt in post is a symbol of good luck
  20. Groan in pain with gas
  21. Fight about iron and candy
  22. Drive right around waterway
  23. Brother turned around after bishop started to throw up