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New York Times, Saturday, January 16, 1999

It may result from a long phone conversation

Author:
Rich Norris
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rich Norris

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 32 Missing: {GJQVXZ} This is puzzle # 96 for Mr. Norris. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1999, The New York Times1/16/99 ( No. 17,966 )

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Across
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Auditing technique : SPOTCHECK
10
Polar irregularity : SERAC
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Pretentious : HIFALUTIN
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Ring : ARENA
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Sway : INFLUENCE
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Obscure : BEDIM
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Greek letters : MUS
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Grp. emphasizing citizenship : BSA
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Trial response? : WOEISME
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Part of a proposal : SPECS
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Speaker on the road : CBER
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Diner, for one : CAR
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Stop on a line: Abbr. : STA
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Bit : SHRED
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Figures : DATA
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"Hold on!" : NOTYET
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Wounds : SORES
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Trifling consideration : SMALLPOTATOES
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Map feature : SCALE
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1993 A.L. batting champ John : OLERUD
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Old flatboats : ARKS
40
About 1.3 cubic yards : STERE
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Mil. transport : LST
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Early : WEE
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"The Highwayman" singer : OCHS
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Nursery rhyme food : PEASE
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Hit 1976 self-titled R. & B. album : NATALIE
50
U.S.C.G. rank : CPO
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Had an edge : LED
53
Misses : OMITS
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"Tigrane" composer : SCARLATTI
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"Une ___ mariée" (1964 Godard film) : FEMME
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Part of some examinations : ESSAYTEST
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Commercial fluorocarbon : FREON
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Horse races? : STAMPEDES
Down
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Leveling devices : SHIMS
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Big pictures : PINUPS
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Counterbalance : OFFSET
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He defeated Botvinnik in 1960 : TAL
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Some meeting places : CLUBS
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Shades : HUES
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Valle del Bove locale : ETNA
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The Pres., militarily speaking : CIC
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Understood one did wrong : KNEWBETTER
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Cavalryman : SABER
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James Whitcomb Riley's "___ Went Mad" : EREI
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1950's political phenomenon : REDSCARE
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Breathes life into : ANIMATES
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Flash producers : CAMERAS
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Lib. reference : OED
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Lock sites : CANALS
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Many Jamaicans : CREOLES
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N.L. team: Abbr. : STL
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Assumptions : HYPOTHESES
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It may result from a long phone conversation : DOODLE
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Encouraging word : OLE
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Good name for a hash house employee : STU
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Hard hit, in baseball slang : SCREAMER
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Speed along : MAKETIME
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Art, these days : ARE
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Shortened : SAWNOFF
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High school subj. : SCI
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Put (away) : SALTED
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___ fly : TSETSE
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"Hellzapoppin'" star, of the 1940's : OLSEN
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Hydra, e.g. : POLYP
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Changes a Life sentence : EDITS
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Prefix with sphere : ATMO
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Hernando's hideaway? : CASA
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Item on a park walk : PRAM
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Hrs. on the 90th meridian : CST
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Bolted down : ATE

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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