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Heard at the Airport

New York Times, Sunday, January 4, 1998

"I'm an unattractive woman who'll gab the whole trip"

Author:
Mark Danna
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Mark Danna

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 82 Missing: {Z} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Danna. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1998, The New York Times1/4/98 ( No. 17,589 )
Across
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River name meaning "where the goods are brought in" : POTOMAC
8
"Shane" man : LADD
12
He's well-sooted for the job : CHARMAN
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Womb-related : UTERINE
20
Mine, in Amiens : AMOI
21
Most volatile emotionally : MOODIEST
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"Hey, babe, wanna sit with me on the plane?" : BOARDINGPASS
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Transport to ecstasy : ENRAVISH
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Game for two of four : SEMI
26
"While we're in the air, write an essay on aviation" : SEATASSIGNMENT
28
"Don't waste your breath!" : SAVEIT
31
Still : YET
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Some M.I.T. grads : EES
33
Spree : JAG
36
Nods, perhaps : BIDS
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"I'm an unattractive woman who'll gab the whole trip" : CARRYONBAG
43
Revolt : UPRISE
45
Burden : TAX
48
Deanna of "Star Trek: T.N.G." : TROI
49
"Mulholland Falls" actor : NOLTE
50
One of the clan : NIECE
51
Bad-mouth : DIS
53
"___ out!" (ump's cry) : YER
55
Manor near Twelve Oaks : TARA
56
"Follow orders in this plane area or else!" : CABINPRESSURE
62
Court huddle : SIDEBAR
64
Twice 79-Down : ONE
65
Sen. Cochran : THAD
66
Roman called "The Elder" : CATO
68
Trackers, e.g. : GEOS
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"Prepare to do a spoof on airports" : READYFORTAKEOFF
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Accused's retort : LIES
74
Middling : SOSO
75
Cross letters : INRI
76
Sine ___ non : QUA
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Pilot's wear : HEADSET
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"Executives, today's lesson is on jet financing" : BUSINESSCLASS
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Years of Nero's reign : ANNI
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Found groovy : DUG
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Bush, for one : ELI
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Bits : IOTAS
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Bank deals : LOANS
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A Bear : PAPA
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Prefix with biology : EXO
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Housekeeping : MENAGE
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"First I'll read, then watch the movie, then..." : FLIGHTPLAN
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Fen-___ (diet drug combo) : PHEN
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Through working: Abbr. : RET
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Astonish : AWE
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Spanish article : UNA
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Lions and tigers and bears, e.g. : BEASTS
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"What's that knitter doing during air turbulence?" : HOLDINGPATTERN
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Rhyme scheme : ABBA
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Conspicuousness : SALIENCE
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"My suitcase is better than yours" : BAGGAGECLAIM
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Pollen, e.g. : ALLERGEN
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Lake near Jacobs Field : ERIE
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Put into motion : ACTUATE
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North Pole family : CLAUSES
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Pick-me-up : LIFT
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Bums steers? : RUSTLES
Down
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Darts' places : PUBS
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Siouan speaker : OTOE
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Jets, e.g. : TEAM
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Gold braid : ORRIS
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Among, in poetry : MID
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"Wheel of Fortune" buy : ANI
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Used a thurible : CENSED
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Wash against : LAPAT
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Part of a Latin trio : AMAT
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"Indeed!" : DOSAY
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Examine closely : DISSECT
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Assemblage : CONGERIES
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Psychoanalyst Karen : HORNEY
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Joy of wild animals? : ADAMSON
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Split : RIVE
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Chow ___ : MEIN
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Secy. : ASST
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Last in line, usually : NTH
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"Don't blame ___ voted for..." : MEI
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Zeit or polter follower : GEIST
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One telephone button : STAR
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They're missing from a roll : ABSENTEES
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Contest : VIE
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American finch : JUNCO
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Beeish : APIAN
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Diving bird : GREBE
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Lichtenstein, for one : ROY
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___ condolence : NOTEOF
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Spills the beans : BLABS
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Gillette brand : ATRA
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Landing ___ : GEAR
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It's "here" in Le Havre : ICI
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Pitches : ADS
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Greek letters : XIS
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Basic sugar : SUCROSE
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Hardships : RIGORS
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Discontinued, with "out" : PHASED
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"Wild!" to a dude : RAD
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Ice cream brand : EDYS
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Teller : RAT
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Airport monitor abbr. : ETA
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Lacking : DEFICIENT
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Tom Joad, e.g. : OKIE
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Harassing : RIDING
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Watch chain : FOB
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1997 Rose Bowl winner: Abbr. : OSU
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50% of Bonn : ENS
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Porch with a view : LANAI
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Doha's land : QATAR
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Treatment : USAGE
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Plus : ASSET
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See 64-Across : HALF
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Hydroxyl-carbon compound : ENOL
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Small English coins : TUPPENCES
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___ d'Orléans : ILE
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Veto : NIX
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First name in horror : LON
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Lass : GAL
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Trees, e.g. : SHADERS
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N.F.L. sacker Bryce ___ : PAUP
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Poe's "___ Lee" : ANNABEL
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Aria area : OPERA
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Mayo, for one : MES
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Pang : TWINGE
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Jet's home : HANGAR
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Computer game pioneer : ATARI
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Sire : BEGET
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French toast : SALUT
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Convention site : HALL
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Stewpot : OLLA
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Place : LIEU
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Not spec. : GEN
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Pre-weekend cry : TGIF
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Canaanite deity : BAAL
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Fishing luck : BITE
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Home of the Cyclones : AMES
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Small pouch : SAC
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Old French coin : ECU
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Change for a dol. : CTS

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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