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VANISHING ACTS

New York Times, Sunday, January 21, 1996

Author:
R. Wolfe
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Robert H. Wolfe

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 81 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 27 for Mr. Wolfe. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1996, The New York TimesNo. 0121 ( 16,875 )
Across
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Apples, informally : MACS
5
Short intakes : GASPS
10
Stringent : HARSH
15
Diplomacy : TACT
19
Noted Mideast diplomat : EBAN
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Red as___ : ABEET
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Silk-stockings : ELITE
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First name in folk : ARLO
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1947 adventure sequel : SONOFZORRO
25
"I Can Get___You Wholesale" : ITFOR
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Part of a knight's insignia : STAR
27
First president of Bolivia : SUCRE
28
AT A : WAIVEROFPREMIUM
31
Vingt-___ : ETUN
33
Masters subject : SEX
34
Like bell-bottoms : PASSE
35
Five-time Rose Bowl winner : UCLA
37
Coleridge's "sacred river" : ALPH
40
Poll amts. : PCTS
44
Actor Markham et al. : MONTES
45
Leather-to-be : PELT
46
It may be rigged : MAST
47
Boodle : LOOT
48
First name in despotism : IDI
49
"___Slew-Foot" (1961 country hit) : OLE
50
Licentious one : LETCH
51
Melville novel : OMOO
52
Endangered swimmer : SEACOW
56
Recurring marine phenomenon : REDTIDE
58
I and II Timothy, e.g. : EPISTLES
61
A.C.C. school : UVA
62
Use an S.O.S : SCOUR
63
Holiday abroad : TET
64
Port intro : HELI
65
Juillet times : ETES
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Calendar abbr. : THU
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Marlon Brando's birthplace : OMAHA
70
Lloyd George contemporary : LENIN
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Orch. group : STR
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Loading site : PIER
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Opening between montanas : PASO
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Actress Courteney : COX
75
Egg white : GLAIR
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Part of XXX : TAC
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Peevish : PETULANT
80
Des___ : PLAINES
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Base : ALKALI
85
Opposite of a wrinkle remover? : AGER
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Fix, as the sails : RERIG
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Moo goo___pan : GAI
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"Glass Bell" writer : NIN
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Whaler's direction : THAR
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Noted paperback publisher : AVON
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It builds int. : ACCT
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Broadcast preparation : TAPING
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To be, in old New Orleans : ETRE
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Hogshead : CASK
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Flyspeck : MOTE
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Beethoven dedicatee : ELISE
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Slimeball : RAT
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Ending with road : STER
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AFORE-THOUGHT : ABSENCEOFMALICE
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Late Ford : ERNIE
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"Pogo" character Wiley___ : CATT
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"L.A. Law" lawyer : ARNIE
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Most gracious : COURTLIEST
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Part of C.C.U. : UNIT
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Gin drink : SLING
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"You're____talk!" : ONETO
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Suffix with Dixie : CRAT
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Children's author Howard : PYLE
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Lucy's colorer : HENNA
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Plus : ASSET
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"___silly question..." : ASKA
Down
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Grunt's chow : MESS
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Arab name part : ABOU
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OUT TIME : CANCELLEDCHECK
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Show contempt for : SNORTAT
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Ref. book : GAZ
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"Take___" ("Congrats!") : ABOW
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Evening at La Scala : SERA
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IT'S THAT COUNTS : PERISHTHETHOUGHT
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Franklin, for one : STOVE
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Murder mystery suspect : HEIR
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Start of some cloud names : ALTO
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Jazz phrase : RIFF
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Hold back : STOP
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Goethe title : HERR
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Island south of Wilson's Promontory : TASMANIA
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Stephen Dedalus, in a Joyce title : ARTIST
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Parsing subject : CLAUSE
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Mel and family : TORMES
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Coup de___ (gunshot): Fr. : FEU
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Hero's tale : EXPLOIT
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Work of Horace : EPODE
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BRAND : NAMEDROPPING
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Vote___down (decide by ballot) : UPOR
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Not earthbound : CELESTIAL
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After 11 P.M. : LATE
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Con Ed watchdog : PSC
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Nav. officers : COMS
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AND A FOR A : TOOTHEXTRACTIONS
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Hot : STOLEN
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CUFF : MISSINGLINKS
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Brooklyn sch. : LIU
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FOUR OF THE EARTH : CUTTINGCORNERS
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Get hysterical : OVERREACT
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Isn't now : WAS
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Get the show on the road : TOUR
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Hailstone size : PEA
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Michael Costa oratorio : ELI
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Morales of "La Bamba" : ESAI
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West of Brooklyn : MAE
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In___(het up) : ASTATE
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Actor Chaney : LON
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Grp. for Mr. Novak : PTA
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Actress Barbara : CARRERA
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Don't keep up : LAG
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Role for Gielgud : LEAR
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Cons' cons : PROS
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Locus : SITE
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Cordial : ANISETTE
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Closet items : LINEN
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"The Loco-Motion" girl : EVA
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Whence the line "Let freedom ring!" : AMERICA
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Service component : TEACUP
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It's named for the Duke of York : ALBANY
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Seed bearer : PISTIL
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"The ___Hour" (50's drama series) : ALCOA
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Start of some Israeli place names : TEL
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Make liquid, in a way : CASH
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First name in courtroom drama : ERLE
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"Come___!" : ONIN
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Huckleberry or Mickey : FINN
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Prefix with phone : MEGA
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Signals : CUES
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Collectible illustrator : ERTE
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Author Dinesen : ISAK
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Singer James : ETTA
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Dram of liquor, in Britain : TOT

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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