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Guest Puzzle January 2012  "Turner Syndrome" by Unknown

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).


  1. Mystery entry part 1
  2. Know nothing moving or amusing
  3. Highlight communist merchandise
  4. Kennedy having no setback became stronger
  5. Finest animal loses heart
  6. Barbara's paradise
  7. Character of Eliot's mariner loses yours truly
  8. Excellence returns in retirement
  9. Get me a renovated cell
  10. Subdues running teams
  11. Her voice, essentially, is valiant
  12. Character returning in penury
  13. Worker beginning to tinker with tanker
  14. Mostly pebbles in pit
  15. Element of jazz in concerto
  16. Defy Virginia
  17. Burn most of department store
  18. Billy's type of meth
  19. Lois Lane's hidden name
  20. Comedian parodying noel
  21. Parisian's too English figure of speech
  22. Artlessness of knotted navy tie
  23. Mystery entry part 3


  1. Fencer lacks trait of disturbed anti-formalist
  2. Sound of explosive leaping
  3. Time wasted in detail
  4. Pound, demolish, raze
  5. Diagram of seven novae
  6. Maliciously cite her as a dissenter
  7. The French game and a set of toys
  8. Fred is one embracing innovator
  9. Answer about wrongful act
  10. Chet in play has one rule of conduct
  11. Ma's toy
  12. Norm disrupted before noon
  13. Raving elder getting fix
  14. Small sailor's heavenly body
  15. Requests more payments for horses
  16. Field of rare animals
  17. Handle without a commodity allowance
  18. Geisha's romp detonated earthquake detector
  19. Goddess of our destiny
  20. Wreath of purple irises
  21. Rented again to a returning bank employee without a piece of luggage
  22. Malfunctioning beater gets deduction
  23. Opposition is accruing with return of gambling hall
  24. Mystery entry part 2