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New York Times, Friday, January 30, 1998

In song, words before "a wiz there was"

Author:
Martin Ashwood-Smith
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Martin Ashwood-Smith

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JZ} Spans: 6, (2 triple stacks) This is puzzle # 25 for Mr. Ashwood-Smith.
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© 1998, The New York Times1/30/98 ( No. 17,615 )
Across
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Warplane's cargo : AIRTOAIRMISSILE
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Predictable type : CREATUREOFHABIT
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West pointers, at times : MAGNETICNEEDLES
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Doom : END
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___ Altos, Calif. : LOS
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Clamped securely : VISED
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Extra effort, for short : TLC
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Pack leader, in Cub Scouts : AKELA
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Kind of cabinet : LIQUOR
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Law breakers, of a kind : MIRACLES
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Hot time in Québec : AOUT
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Not on ___ : ABET
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Do-re-mi : KALE
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Double standard? : TWO
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Palindromist's principle : TENET
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Pay cut : TAX
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Checked items : HATS
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"Intolerance" actress : GISH
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Jasmine, for one : VINE
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Derides : SNEERSAT
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Blue-pencils : EMENDS
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Big name in oil : GETTY
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Opposite of bellum : PAX
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Classical lyric poem : EPODE
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Done, to Donne : OER
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Popular cooking spray : PAM
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Many a lawyer's office : PRIVATEPRACTICE
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Loaded, so to speak : ASRICHASCROESUS
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Capitol Hill prizes : SENATORIALSEATS
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Ne plus ultra : ACME
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Modern Media : IRAN
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Officially listed: Abbr. : REGD
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Sun shade : TAN
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Opera set in Cyprus : OTELLO
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Dictator : AUTOCRAT
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Bit of eye makeup : IRIS
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Remote button : REC
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Day of the week: Abbr. : MON
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In song, words before "a wiz there was" : IFEVER
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"The Last of ___" (1973 whodunit) : SHEILA
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Pathetically inept person : SADSACK
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Suffix with deduct : IBLE
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Made yarns : LIED
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Orly connections? : ETS
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A discouraging word : TUT
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Convenience provider : AMENITY
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Swallow-tailed birds : KITES
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They often get plastered : LATHS
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Davenport denizen : IOWAN
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"And I ___..." : QUOTE
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Like many inscriptions : LATIN
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Spiral-horned animal : ELAND
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Arouses, with "up" : SEXES
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Sired : BEGAT
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Classic Steinbeck story : THEPEARL
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Guitarist Andrés : SEGOVIA
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Trouble : VEX
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Blue-pencil : REDACT
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Prefix with scope : STETHO
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Noted shoe saver : MARCOS
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Gael's tongue : ERSE
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Weaver's bobbin : PIRN
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Oceanic threat : ORCA
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Council site of 1409 : PISA
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___ above : ACUT
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Dump : MESS
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___ seul (dance solo) : PAS
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Place for a plug : EAR
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23d of a series : PSI
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"Fore" site : TEE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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