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Puzzle #127 December 2011  "Dreaming"

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. Circuit game turns around
  3. Hands remove head of fastener
  4. Leech wiggling on step
  5. Travesty of switch in wages
  6. Cook immersed in wastewater
  7. Cover article about Tom Brady, perhaps
  8. Intern scrambled to get a board
  9. A cough is the result of diseased tissues being deprived of energy
  10. Ultimately without love, Pope Leo debased humankind
  11. Friar Oberon's habit
  12. "Wheat" written the old way
  13. Denatured Lysol snares electron only
  14. Schoolbook dealer holds page
  15. Chairman's name
  16. Parable about embracing the legal fraternity
  17. No time to think or intercede
  18. Coolidge catches six carp
  19. City initially headed administrative district
  20. Alanine reaction reversed with enzyme
  21. In rush, make Rod new tip
  22. Papa moving again, to a region in South America
  23. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Fees involving one in contradictions
  2. Mystery entry
  3. Initially neutral in color is made lighter, finally, in restoration
  4. Dad with Latin friend
  5. Move without new group
  6. Little lad is actively in prep
  7. Score one before start of cricket frenzy
  8. Get strong lift in sound
  9. Long-faced female takes in jarhead
  10. Baby carriage in street bumping into cylinder
  11. Beagle trying to eat young bird
  12. Deterioration hasn't begun in building extension
  13. Coin turned up in the middle
  14. Failed comic gets back for circus's opening
  15. Sailor isn't keeping primate
  16. Gas consumed infant
  17. Bar goes up for story-teller
  18. Driver support
  19. More honest money handler gives up one shilling
  20. Duck running late
  21. Penny repaired a solar umbrella
  22. Mom isn't crazy for insect order
  23. Mystery entry
  24. One in a vehicle is like a bird