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Puzzle #100 September 2009  "Long Time"

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. Fence around California hickory tree
  2. Faith! An essay with no beginning
  3. Eli comes back in relays
  4. Giacometti's approach
  5. Hold native leader following violent action
  6. French surgeon operated on cobra
  7. City's rank hyped with love
  8. Dealer started reading in bad French
  9. Picture of senescent heart blurred
  10. Quietly get to give a sermon
  11. Succulent head of cabbage Bill put before us
  12. Nothing in this French sea is a whale or dolphin
  13. One rare accent misconstrued in jail
  14. Investigate heretic's final mild oath
  15. Purchaser's claim in court
  16. Patriotism is essentially a very funny thing
  17. Wheeler's cant
  18. Southern peak is a place to rest
  19. Rhinoceros swallows mackerel
  20. Freud's daughter left satisfactory records
  21. Knife-scarred cantle
  22. Short answer in an emergency: "Greens"
  23. Mention a scene you've heard
  24. One leaves saying nothing; that's diplomacy
  25. Stink after starting clean-up in stream
  26. Vincent, Ralph own telephone exchange


  1. Roost on broken cane, maybe
  2. Virtuous Hindu leader is surrounded by social group
  3. Chanel takes a chocolate drink
  4. Smart and understanding, but cowardly
  5. Pirate started to crash into boat
  6. Put a stop to prison dance
  7. Gentleness of Len with unruly niece
  8. Attila's bedraggled after beginning to cultivate reed mace
  9. Stem weaver has start of cellular malignancy
  10. Overconfident parish priest grabs torn sock
  11. Partying Elks can relax
  12. Rumpled screen in court conceals sickle-shaped object
  13. The woman has energy and time for a sail
  14. Playing cornet in Colorado musical number
  15. Name of girl in Dallas
  16. Sweet drink-animated trance
  17. Poor attorney makes a little pie
  18. Wasting time, pace in restlessness
  19. Hag exchanges egg for a bird
  20. Indiscreet about Native Americans
  21. Ferociously concealing turn of heart
  22. Hydrous magnesium silicate in metal can
  23. Transgression of composer holding note
  24. In aggregate, kid gets almost all