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Puzzle #126 November 2011  "Voyagers"

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. Shaky Rose grabs mike at start of national speech
  3. Mark's wife is, initially, rather genuine
  4. Tale turned around a blast
  5. Sanctimonious rabbi in Nice
  6. Made miserable holding on to the end
  7. Give priority to a tiger on the rampage
  8. One lost about a thousand, or very nearly
  9. Jimmy in turn starting to withdraw
  10. Eastern men upset by a clyster
  11. Container tax
  12. O'Brien endlessly refurbished a house Wright designed
  13. Essentially artless, single, and solitary
  14. Deplore a runner holding back
  15. Excellent street alongside excellent property
  16. Inside, Dennis riffled for movie title
  17. Thick fabric added to height
  18. Less unexpected, in sum
  19. Small felid's droppings
  20. Trace modification and respond
  21. Execute guy wearing small ornament
  22. Cry from downstairs about start of lunch
  23. Republican's about to grab Lincoln's weapon
  24. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Post-directed language
  2. Dotty went in with Earl to twist
  3. Wealth is the result of never turning up broke at the end
  4. Passage of singular quality
  5. Songs of a Nobel Peace Prize winner
  6. In distraction, replace deuterium with hydrogen, causing confusion
  7. Icarus's means of conveyance
  8. In brief, Rod made nephew nervous
  9. Rook in cove gives a loud, harsh cry
  10. Josh turned up on time for a place to park
  11. Arcaro liked having to sing
  12. Chuck rode around Chicago's hub in a stage setting
  13. Cough up about 1000 total for rice
  14. Table set disrupted a security device
  15. Mom's retriever brought up a resinous fluid
  16. Freedom rule is relaxed around end of June
  17. River displaces land of many in district
  18. The Spanish circumnavigating the Waters, for example
  19. Fish work beginning to run behind schedule finally
  20. A priest in Salamanca
  21. Gastropod seen in soft ends of fine net
  22. Book returned by one Castilian with an image of a face in text characters