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Puzzle #121 June 2011  "Birthday"

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. Asian country parrot ingests pork innards
  3. Ordinary man, nude, getting dressed
  4. Hackneyed southern fable
  5. Dope king's record
  6. Anybody from Doonesbury
  7. Savage German border
  8. Announce a pause or suspension
  9. Earliest decomposition covered by river
  10. Check in once a semester
  11. Visionary gives up 500 for implement
  12. Mystery entry
  13. Short shorthand notes translated
  14. Maiden gets nothing for one kind of bryophyte
  15. Fill a text with sappy stuff
  16. Once reproduced about fifty asexual offspring
  17. Slave returns bearing a wash basin
  18. Goes sightseeing in a French city
  19. Paris falls for renowned linguist
  20. Pain reduced with first of treatments for skin disease
  21. Longwood
  22. Meeting's energy goes for initiation of technical position
  23. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Arizona town hosts horn concerto's premier
  2. Rates changes in star-shaped structure
  3. Written orders having a voice
  4. Unruly teen claims right to register
  5. A pardon redeemed the first woman
  6. Nearest seine traps ten
  7. One defective tank initially exuded the amount consumed
  8. Wrong letter
  9. Put into words, "making up new shell"
  10. Is conversant with sound and smell
  11. Very old instrument's scroll-like ornament
  12. Clark, for instance, knew Scots
  13. Rare moray eats suckerfish
  14. Rising fabulist beheaded for attitude
  15. Juan Domingo character lacks core of passion
  16. A burst of energy to incite troop leader
  17. Earth added to pot in perfume capital
  18. Extent of Cy's hearing
  19. Perfumes arising from Casa Morada
  20. Mario and Ms Turner holding zebra's head
  21. Illiterate about metric measure
  22. The French friend's turned-up collar part
  23. Recall end of term at southern university
  24. Consider bird of Latin/Etruscan origin