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Guest Puzzle February 2013  "Down" by Kevin Cadmus

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from four to nine letters, eight are capitalized, one is an acronym, and one a two-word phrase) 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. Six across words and five down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those eleven letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a two-word phrase related to the title and the mystery entries. 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. Bring to light grand university in decline
  3. Stylish Oscar winning actress
  4. Sounds like a prized tractor
  5. Separate for a standard time
  6. Avoidance is so naïve after abuse
  7. Brief NBA player setback
  8. G-man backs termination safeguard
  9. Needs sun badly for lack of clothing
  10. Sounds like Dominican, e.g., is chicken
  11. Mystery entry
  12. Proportion of allotment not ending
  13. Followed the leader and ran
  14. Beginning of temptation in charge card prospect
  15. Raggedy Ann a grandmother?
  16. Start to learn English; my French is no good
  17. Hot and full house, e.g.
  18. Crazy Dan, aFloridarunning back, following Grand Wizard
  19. Spic and Span's appetite for dirt and such
  20. Fresh deters spoilage
  21. Never upset a Sci-Fi writer
  22. Mystery entry

Down

  1. Car and coach headed up a short street inParis
  2. Precipitate volcanic ejecta after a bit of rain
  3. Got ready before Johnny returned
  4. A telephone company is back in reach
  5. French region in tribunals a certainty
  6. Husband to be drunk in café
  7. Teasdale with new wrap
  8. Had no fans holding up movie star
  9. Refrain from keeping uranium ring
  10. Aristocracy's soreness after urination
  11. Autographed in millennium edition
  12. Fire after the end of IRS's examination
  13. Idiot and heartless Middle Eastern bigwig
  14. Authorize item of apparel
  15. Act on stirring section of long poem
  16. Page's table extension
  17. Employer dumps wife for female ballplayer
  18. Abandoned taking a bit of vacation for time earned
  19. In eastern state, lawyer backs angry moms
  20. Dramatic incongruity author confused, Y or N?
  21. Unfinished car taken in by electrical engineer to progress gradually
  22. Masculine and feminine geese with energy for a bit of acrobatics
  23. Come to a conclusion in reversing official