MYSTERY THEME

New York Times, Sunday, October 6, 1996

Author: R. M. Hopkins
Editor: Will Shortz
R. Max Hopkins
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 142, Blocks: 79 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Hopkins. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: The 22 Clues starting with + indicate answers made up entirely of consecutive two-letter U.S. state abbreviations.
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B
2
L
3
O
4
C
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F
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F
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F
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M
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U
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M
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S
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P
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A
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B
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S
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T
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B
E
L
A
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A
O
L
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B
A
S
A
L
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A
E
R
A
T
E
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C
O
A
L
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M
I
N
E
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E
L
E
N
A
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N
E
C
T
A
R
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A
O
R
T
A
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L
A
R
D
S
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A
R
A
M
I
S
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G
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A
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M
M
A
S
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B
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E
L
G
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A
H
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A
S
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N
E
N
E
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A
B
E
A
T
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M
A
S
S
A
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C
R
E
D
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T
E
N
S
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T
B
A
R
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E
E
G
S
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W
E
I
R
D
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E
R
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S
A
L
I
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E
N
T
S
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F
I
N
N
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E
M
U
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L
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A
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T
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E
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B
U
S
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B
U
N
T
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U
N
B
E
A
T
E
N
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S
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T
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E
A
M
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C
O
D
E
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E
N
D
E
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R
T
E
S
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M
A
R
I
N
E
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L
A
N
D
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A
R
C
A
D
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E
G
A
M
E
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O
L
I
D
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R
I
N
D
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C
A
R
S
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M
Y
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R
S
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V
E
N
E
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R
A
T
E
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J
A
R
S
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W
E
E
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E
M
I
R
A
T
E
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C
U
L
P
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L
A
N
D
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C
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R
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A
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B
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P
E
R
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S
O
N
A
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G
I
R
T
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O
I
L
Y
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P
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A
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V
E
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A
C
C
O
M
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P
A
N
Y
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U
N
G
E
R
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S
E
T
A
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A
L
I
A
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O
R
B
E
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U
N
C
A
G
E
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A
T
O
N
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C
E
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S
C
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O
N
E
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S
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A
N
T
O
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C
A
N
D
O
R
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S
O
N
D
E
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M
E
M
O
R
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I
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A
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L
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C
R
E
A
K
Y
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O
L
E
I
N
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A
R
E
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D
O
T
O
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O
D
D
L
Y
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R
A
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N
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N
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© 1996, The New York Times
Across Down
1. United nations : BLOC
5. As loud as possible, in music : FFF
8. British P.T.A. members : MUMS
12. Brewer Frederick : PABST
17. Gymnastics coach Karolyi : BELA
18. Prodigy rival : AOL
19. At the bottom : BASAL
20. Freshen, in a way : AERATE
21. +Seamy locale : COALMINE
23. Jimmy Dorsey's "Maria ___" : ELENA
24. +Fruit juice : NECTAR
25. Circulation aid : AORTA
26. Enriches : LARDS
27. Dumas duelist : ARAMIS
28. Thirds in series : GAMMAS
31. Neth. neighbor : BELG
33. Sudden bolts of lightning : AHAS
35. +Gray-brown goose : NENE
36. Not miss ___ : ABEAT
37. Wiped out : MASSACRED
39. Top vaults : TENS
40. Stowe tow : TBAR
41. Hosp. printouts : EEGS
42. Stranger : WEIRDER
44. Projecting angles : SALIENTS
46. Twain family name : FINN
47. Rival : EMULATE
52. Clear, as tables : BUS
53. Surprise hit? : BUNT
54. Destined for the playoffs : UNBEATEN
55. Irk : STEAM
58. +Building ___ : CODE
59. Finis, in Frankfurt : ENDE
60. Hwys. : RTES
61. +Popular Florida theme park : MARINELAND
63. +Pac-Man, e.g. : ARCADEGAME
65. Smelly : OLID
66. +Peel : RIND
67. Lincoln and others : CARS
68. "Wayne's World" co-star : MYERS
69. Honor : VENERATE
71. Amphorae : JARS
72. First word of Burns's "To a Mouse" : WEE
73. Any of the Trucial States : EMIRATE
74. "I Spy" co-star : CULP
75. Shore creature : LANDCRAB
80. Public image : PERSONA
82. Surrounded : GIRT
83. Overly adulatory : OILY
84. Smooth, as a road : PAVE
87. Squire : ACCOMPANY
89. Half of "The Odd Couple" : UNGER
90. ___ world record : SETA
91. +Inter follower : ALIA
92. "Kill ___ killed" : ORBE
93. Let out : UNCAGE
94. Now : ATONCE
96. British biscuit : SCONE
98. Start of many Spanish place names : SANTO
100. +Calling a spade a spade : CANDOR
101. Atmospheric probe : SONDE
102. +Monument : MEMORIAL
106. Like some old joints : CREAKY
107. Margarine fat : OLEIN
108. "___ we there yet?" : ARE
109. Inflict on : DOTO
110. In singular fashion : ODDLY
111. Picnic hamperer : RAIN
112. Au contraire, in slang : NOT
113. "The tax which all distinction must pay": Emerson : ENVY
1. English channel : BBC
2. Composer Delibes : LEO
3. Slangy suffix : OLA
4. +Italian dish : CALAMARI
5. Science events : FAIRS
6. Set of letters : FONT
7. Hardly four-star hotels : FLEABAGS
8. +Alcoholic product of Spain : MALAGAWINE
9. Patron : USER
10. +Bureaucrat : MANDARIN
11. Gory film figure : SLASHER
12. One of the elite : PEER
13. +Secret : ARCANE
14. Michael Keaton and others, filmwise : BATMEN
15. Laundry woes : STAINS
16. In telegraphese : TERSE
19. Poe poem, with "The" : BELLS
20. Collector's items : ANAS
22. It may hold the fort : MOAT
28. Roscoes : GATS
29. With 45-Down, author of "My People" : ABBA
30. +Grist : MEAL
32. Ogee's outline : ESS
34. Last-minute writings : ADDENDA
37. Flushing Meadows team : METS
38. Copper : CENT
39. Constant : TRUE
41. Specify : ENUMERATE
43. Fixed insertion : EMBEDMENT
45. See 29-Down : EBAN
46. "Merrie Melodies" name : FUDD
48. Egg classification : LARGE
49. Essence : ATTAR
50. Swarms : TEEMS
51. First word of Massachusetts' motto : ENSE
53. Covenant : BOND
54. Family members, informally : UNCS
55. "The Crucible" locale : SALEM
56. Singer Lopez : TRINI
57. Duck down : EIDER
58. +Punish severely : CANE
59. Takes the primrose path : ERRS
61. Cop's order : MOVE
62. Like some meanings : LITERAL
63. Over-50 org. : AARP
64. Word with eagle or bug : EYED
67. +Tangerinelike Philippine fruit : CALAMONDIN
70. Rembrandt's "___ of Ganymede" : RAPE
71. D-Day beach : JUNO
72. Guarded : WARY
74. +Product once advertised as an "esteemed brain tonic" : COCACOLA
75. Court official : LINESMAN
76. +Transportation provider since 1976 : CONCORDE
77. +European capital : RIGA
78. Give ___ up : ALEG
79. Yorkshire cow shed : BYRE
81. Snip : SCISSOR
82. Jaw : GAB
84. Early explosive device : PETARD
85. Made up : ATONED
86. +Graffiti artist, e.g. : VANDAL
88. Fuss with feathers : PREEN
89. "For ___ us a child is born" : UNTO
90. 1921 murder defendant : SACCO
91. Lofty, as a mountain peak : AERY
93. Not satisfied : UNMET
95. +Like some furnace fuel : COKY
97. "The ___ Love" (1987 R.E.M. hit) : ONEI
99. 30's auto : AERO
103. Physicist's concern : ION
104. Relative of a dune buggy, for short : ATV
105. "The Best Years of Our Lives" co-star : LOY

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