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Puzzle #81 February 2008  "Unpronounceable"

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. Broken limb covered by the metal cap
  2. Rip and cut horrid wife's last image
  3. Some advertising about an intoxicating drink
  4. Lower ring inside plug
  5. In pieces at about standard value
  6. Copper takes most of mint as flavoring agent
  7. Stone monuments that sound metallic
  8. Gold and aluminum for the mouth
  9. Media personality has things baby needs
  10. Extreme pressure of the atmosphere
  11. Started day in brave confusion modifying part of speech
  12. Having nothing teed Titus off
  13. Change time of holiday to one causing less inconvenience
  14. Prong pierces sentinel
  15. Wipe-out allowed in unfinished deed
  16. Get free English school garment
  17. Voiding note, give in to get a new lease
  18. Cuts off some part of Italy
  19. In uproar, Jack replaces loud deliberator
  20. Striper, e.g., eats herring's heart and cheek
  21. Commend remark about cracked lip
  22. Fish has yen for test


  1. The radical disease of heat
  2. Language of Perseus
  3. Stir clumsily, not starting to sleep
  4. Judge a Republican dog, perhaps
  5. Remove one of exercise system's discs
  6. Redeemer carries metal loop
  7. Spoke with energy and attracted
  8. Before present company is to be united
  9. Starting to tear and stumble
  10. Our group comes back to relax in utmost security
  11. Propose to ride vehicle around University
  12. Mama having the fits for arithmetic, perhaps
  13. Note carbon lubricant in backward action
  14. Aunt cooked a fish
  15. Rule about true division
  16. Duke devoured a fruit
  17. Help a student with ancient history
  18. Positive result that finally emerges from messy dispute
  19. Rodent's lair
  20. A hooker's back for layers
  21. Bird to shift course before end of day
  22. Native American eats bit of pie and pancake
  23. Soccer player embraces a clergyman and author
  24. Combat is really about nothing