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Guest Puzzle June 2012  "Not A Clue" 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. Exchanging about a thousand with sailors for aromatic perfumes
  2. Victor's wife becomes sexual at first and a transgressor
  3. Unceasing flight of teal and ern
  4. A monk endlessly embracing head of church in dark continent
  5. Lime salts covering tableland
  6. Victor grown up
  7. Mistakenly turn top of key in storage box
  8. Horrid lines start to emerge, showing signs of age
  9. Sulfur penetrates fine particles in grain
  10. Accepted principle of American oncologists
  11. Single is part of loneliness
  12. Cutting fattest ear produces lingering sensation
  13. Pirate leader formerly in island seaport
  14. Repulsive part of thug lynching
  15. Trust in heartless reply
  16. Marcello holds transparent animation sheet
  17. Charlie split
  18. Rita concluded with a Mexican dish
  19. Small, gold lion's head for King of Israel
  20. Adventurous Dora marries Earl for love
  21. No guy getting screwed is immature
  22. Paid nine to go back around Asian subcontinent
  23. Bad dream about Rod and I getting hitched
  24. Shot two in Spanish and English
  25. Balsam or jewelweed: count them off with love


  1. Plan talk at noon
  2. Plexus of mature telomeres
  3. Paintings and spirits turned up at Gore's
  4. Machinations involving earthenware
  5. Air is awfully moldy around end of cave
  6. Hey! No fooling, Sweetie
  7. Woebegone; about to ask for charity
  8. Lawlessness beset the heartland of America
  9. Feel a nerve on the inside, up near the kidney
  10. Regard with horror wild boar eating head of hare
  11. Master in Panama letting mom go for cure-all
  12. Troy badly hurt in reality
  13. Unlikely reason to impound instrument
  14. Sign Switzerland is beginning to mend split
  15. Social group banishes lady spell-caster
  16. Rapid measures to encompass length
  17. Evergreen plant beginning to reproduce and divide
  18. Dandy bay water from Le Havre
  19. Broke par, but all of a sudden
  20. Marauding ants capturing a devil
  21. "Sober" is alleged about Tesla
  22. What to wear at unorthodox rite
  23. Wise guess about move from one topic to another
  24. Sailing ship in rising waters
  25. Arrangement of shirt in messy disarray