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Puzzle #66 November 2006  "I Got Rhythm"

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. Dog blew head off bird
  2. Pass on railway having University backing
  3. Woman holds counterfeit note of currency
  4. Ceaseless talk about running state
  5. Shorten a copy sent astray
  6. About a hooker's beds
  7. Not initially heated or fortified
  8. Unimportant flaws recalled
  9. Individual started to attack religion
  10. In a while, when consul replaces Latin minister
  11. Mystery entry
  12. Cover freakish sťance
  13. Physician put one in valley
  14. Monarch has worked hard
  15. Terribly upset after losing run for freedom
  16. Convoluted tragedy leaving Penny in ruins
  17. A word of utter meaninglessness
  18. Seek a rendezvous with people in Myanmar
  19. Wife eats varied leftovers
  20. Group game lacking momentum
  21. Lady Lovelace takes physical training to get fit
  22. Pass rotted oak tree around 5:00


  1. Sorry to be worn out after study
  2. Pistol-whipped and hung
  3. Prepare leader for terrible weather
  4. War that shifted from one side to the other
  5. Served as a substitute for fabric
  6. Capacity and quantity at low cost
  7. Song set
  8. A sailor takes a measure of acidity in a bituminous substance
  9. Bones of a bird in South America
  10. Jeune fille put derri?re in position
  11. Conservative trinket containing rubber
  12. Bird started cheeping near ground
  13. Commission battalion leader to face an embankment
  14. Luminescent cloud around head of Madame Butterfly
  15. Start of rot in stones and seeds
  16. Hšndel opera about escape
  17. Mr. Kent: a being that flies just under the speed of light
  18. NZ park's gold collection
  19. Sheep gives up nothing for a trifle
  20. Showy aspect of martyrdom
  21. One examined in street settles back
  22. Garbo's great acting
  23. Skill of author holding flower
  24. Piece of meat with right line of color