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Puzzle #63 August 2006  "Portrait of the Artist"

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?]


  1. Northern territory over there including Britain
  2. Soldier rereading At War
  3. Walk slowly and fry right around noon
  4. Mystery entry
  5. Finally arranging to see his works
  6. Court essentially rated fat
  7. Goal of sailor: having progeny
  8. Start of trouble: mistake leads to panic
  9. Right outside of the body's a tube
  10. Seafarer circles at a great distance
  11. Await talk on spit
  12. Note: cavity contains nothing like pitch
  13. Statement about housing condition in Paris
  14. Breaking crust true to form
  15. @Lose time with quest for alien life
  16. Suitable part of chapter
  17. Study shell of crayfish and mollusk
  18. Tablet with note for chaplain
  19. Mystery entry
  20. Motor south carrying trunk
  21. End of old New York subway filth
  22. Reflecting with Joan about radical band
  23. Athenian lawmaker to end all in the near future


  1. The two-grand thief
  2. Blowing safer hydrogen once more
  3. Lively tour around right Cape Cod town
  4. Raise the terminally dead
  5. Money for Spanish King
  6. Fixed with a bristle
  7. Good-bye, royal Mongolian
  8. Zoroaster's facetious tribute
  9. Given food, keeping it back; it's foul smelling
  10. Errors around union lead to depression
  11. Mystery entry
  12. Ditty about a rabbi's dress
  13. Run in utter disarray for tower
  14. Gide, p?re, analyzed descent
  15. Stop holding up fifty for effect
  16. Penny-pincher's timeless title
  17. Poisonous animal in spasm
  18. Headband and ring inside horn
  19. Mom, maybe, split
  20. What you pay a boor speaking Pig Latin
  21. Hear a nobleman reckon
  22. Charge after a fashion for lead
  23. Four chinchillas trapping a hedgehog
  24. Mystery entry