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Guest Puzzle October 2011  "Quadruple" 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. Hold up ex-representative
  2. Entertain a Greek goddess
  3. Supple book having mass
  4. Agent for a particular fabric
  5. End of countrywide miseries
  6. Pan sketch about retro building extension
  7. Cook bird for pagan
  8. Hate to heal when in trouble
  9. Keen, gray top with reddish brown
  10. Part of Egypt is in a transition
  11. Grandin's place of worship
  12. The governor's self-esteem
  13. Plant in street
  14. Observe democratic origin
  15. Ripken with shortened leg muscle
  16. Confuse uncle replacing one in play
  17. Broker holds last of our ancient silver
  18. Prayer book made at first with treated sisal
  19. French town fills all our desires
  20. Chief dude swallows iodine
  21. Behold nurse forsaken
  22. Fish is not essentially sound
  23. Expert from Macedonia
  24. I headed return of food emporium
  25. Sorel and June traveling around Long Island

Down

  1. Deactivate Princess' weapon
  2. Those ancestors have a meeting
  3. Ancient architectural element excited poet inside of me
  4. Recall elements having alternative form of gene
  5. Break seal around hard rock
  6. Space mostly for an animal
  7. Tainted by heinously rank deed
  8. Doctor Younger giving up ring and stretcher
  9. Get up around noon to wash
  10. Lucerne harbors nuclear research center
  11. The French friend's turned-up collar part
  12. State surrounding core of high-binding chemical group
  13. Cowell has place in region in the Alps
  14. Frequently yield without a leader
  15. "The Obscure Law"
  16. Meet at Umbria with O'Neal
  17. Mate has no palate initially for head cheese
  18. Clean up dirt around top of hole 3
  19. Alimony includes a means of conveyance
  20. Sci-fi writer of Flemish extraction
  21. Passionate date he stimulated
  22. Wine benefit
  23. Feudal lord of Belgian city
  24. Dissipate any lies of paradise