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Puzzle #15 August 2002  "Just Deserts"

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. Time ran out for tower
  2. Australian island seas
  3. Crazed, take ring from cassava
  4. Blow at one made of grass
  5. Unsettle game, adding new gibberish
  6. Pickle or pin infectious particle
  7. Animal held back in secret tomb
  8. Apart while below
  9. None as yet keeping simple
  10. Baby essay has start of meaning
  11. Penny put up for poet
  12. Dad is holy leader of the Church
  13. Korbut in pool game
  14. Come up certain about failing current
  15. Consider muslin
  16. Solvent alien invested in rattan
  17. Heavenly body with me in bed
  18. River warrior
  19. Cheap seats surrounding architectural projection
  20. Start of short and paltry poem in porcelain
  21. Sound of bird fuel
  22. Steal coin in dish

Down

  1. Steward reversing congestion or bad mood
  2. Shrub consumed bishop
  3. Grad is astringent
  4. Person arguing about sound system
  5. Seaweed snarl
  6. Dash in Ireland
  7. Stages developed around long-term holistic patterns
  8. Monastery snoop holds king of France up
  9. Get free English school garment
  10. Mystery word
  11. Excellent place when turned around
  12. Vessel in sea or tarn
  13. Mad confusion about united parliament
  14. Rear end of strumpet
  15. Disturb stage audition
  16. Rested, having time for language
  17. Note negative number in front instrument
  18. Peel fruit by ear
  19. Poem returned out of boredom
  20. Part of act observed in speech
  21. Smith put two knights in a row
  22. Tom touches foot of love goddess