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Guest Puzzle April 2012  "Remains to be Seen" 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. Mystery entry
  2. Crumbling, unlit Café Brie is beyond repair
  3. Addled, he and coed repeated the words
  4. Political theorist's financial backers making a move finally
  5. Bill is back in guest bedroom
  6. Sex cells have to be better
  7. Initiating internet protocol address data for mobile device
  8. Take no chances embracing Soames
  9. Part of patrol escort
  10. A thousand suffer for Sheehy
  11. Philadelphia's drink
  12. Give up in fierce despair
  13. Sagan's conveyance starting late
  14. Starts to get rotten in Pinta's hold
  15. TV show's merriment
  16. Harsh sound made by inept dentist holding end of sucker
  17. Provide a loud car
  18. Renée's maiden name
  19. Ungulate approached, then left
  20. Cable cars are back in fashion
  21. Alaskans adopting Jamaican music
  22. Author agrees to have a dance
  23. Raise the spirits of English dead
  24. Start of sudden gust turns to initially snowy or watery mix

Down

  1. Wild bluegill is apt to take the bait
  2. Noose gets tangled around me and an unknown person
  3. Moldy plaster covers head of creepy phantom
  4. Scott is surrounded by hundreds
  5. A fish producing a gelatinous material
  6. Padre running for cover
  7. Cadre felled a tree
  8. Interested in being part of joint operations
  9. Report about a horse in fast food eatery
  10. Listen! Leave the last course
  11. Nate scaled a mountain
  12. Odors of certain allium plants whose top becomes rotten at first
  13. Current crazy diet
  14. Sculptor loses head for Norse god
  15. Youth embracing one Islamic leader
  16. Only expect change
  17. To a human skirting an island
  18. Make sure of initially correct measuring unit
  19. One who keeps secret gold prompts outcry
  20. Actress Jessica, the angel of France
  21. Mention about excellent marijuana
  22. Insurgent bachelor figures in dance
  23. Poem due to be heard
  24. Criticize loud song