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Puzzle #116 January 2011  "Elementary"

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. Mystery entry
  2. A bird starting off well in the east
  3. Munch a canapé as a remedy
  4. Road rage
  5. Witch's heart kept in bottle, alive
  6. Arrange as a loan without interest, around the first of October
  7. Rebel fan gets one for nothing
  8. Starts to feel unusually energetic and lively with power supply
  9. Traveling Texan's true navigating instrument
  10. One maiden is wrong
  11. Got a lift beginning to read poem
  12. Burn a green incense
  13. Join in trite nonsense
  14. Elder statesman has to deal with money
  15. Recognize being teed off at court
  16. Express disapproval of Republican churl
  17. Unfinished item: to limit the repeating of a computational procedure
  18. Nanny runs off with Earl
  19. Turn back to big shot
  20. The last letter before H in the Greek alphabet
  21. Sharp leading edge of cutting tool
  22. Paul settled originally for a smaller amount
  23. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Small amount paid for horse
  2. Mystery entry
  3. Elements 2, 3, and 10 found in gastropod
  4. Present it legally, including label
  5. Eve & Todd freely pledged
  6. Rummy British flower
  7. Bread served in hospitals
  8. Not a soul in race finished after 12 o'clock
  9. Singing started late in program
  10. Dolly Varden, for instance, eats yellowtail's head in test
  11. Kid has a rare sound system
  12. Outspoken city leader and movie magnate
  13. Charlie comes up with a cheer
  14. Religious leader spits out one large piece of ice
  15. Fire in the Aeneid is one bad sign
  16. Residue or deposit in which one turns to nothing
  17. Furbelows initially worn joined together
  18. Target allele, unexpectedly containing thymine, is revealing
  19. Pete's reconstructed the French tower
  20. Righteous person doesn't hold true
  21. Get back and amazingly retire five before error
  22. Mystery entry
  23. Leave something to cover the rims