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Puzzle #132 May 2012  "Fairy Tale"

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. Clear borehole with shaft
  3. Raucous Tommy gets put out
  4. Kind of food featured in earlier article
  5. First rider going west around Earth
  6. Character of, say, steel
  7. Liquid lye mostly, with a quantity of speed
  8. Father chopped carrot with energy
  9. Stadium tree
  10. Letting loose without . . . um, a drink
  11. Soppy and bashful around nurse
  12. Require a reason to hold back
  13. Mixed in pure caffeine, for instance
  14. Naked Saracens, wild and mysterious
  15. Penalty of ten in scene getting flogged
  16. Fastidious woman's husband becomes loud
  17. Stay afterwards to embrace actress Parker
  18. Word of assent from Henry Esmond
  19. Winged a flying teal
  20. Appearance of lens became deformed with end removed
  21. Georgia is after wicked Mark
  22. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Plan talk at noon
  2. Plexus of mature telomeres
  3. Paintings and spirits turned up at Gore's
  4. Machinations involving earthenware
  5. Air is awfully moldy around end of cave
  6. Hey! No fooling, Sweetie
  7. Woebegone; about to ask for charity
  8. Lawlessness beset the heartland of America
  9. Feel a nerve on the inside, up near the kidney
  10. Regard with horror wild boar eating head of hare
  11. Master in Panama letting mom go for cure-all
  12. Troy badly hurt in reality
  13. Unlikely reason to impound instrument
  14. Sign Switzerland is beginning to mend split
  15. Social group banishes lady spell-caster
  16. Rapid measures to encompass length
  17. Evergreen plant beginning to reproduce and divide
  18. Dandy bay water from Le Havre
  19. Broke par, but all of a sudden
  20. Marauding ants capturing a devil
  21. "Sober" is alleged about Tesla
  22. What to wear at unorthodox rite
  23. Wise guess about move from one topic to another
  24. Sailing ship in rising waters
  25. Arrangement of shirt in messy disarray