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New York Times, Friday, January 8, 1999

Its flag has a yellow cross on a blue background

Author:
Martin Ashwood-Smith and Brendan Quigley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Brendan Emmett Quigley

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 33 Missing: {FKQVXZ} This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. Ashwood-Smith. This is puzzle # 25 for Mr. Quigley.
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© 1999, The New York Times1/8/99 ( No. 17,958 )
Across
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Big name in basketball : AIRJORDAN
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Fills up : SATES
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Steps up : STAIRCASE
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Pastry filler : CREME
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1892 Leoncavallo opera : PAGLIACCI
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"Dead ___" (1991 thriller) : AGAIN
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Blue bloods : ELITE
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Some landing sites : HELIPORTS
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"Under a Glass Bell" writer : NIN
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It's a sin : LUST
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"Julius Caesar" setting : SENATE
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Thousand-plus-pager : SAGA
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___ kebab : SHISH
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Fuse : WED
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Take off : DEDUCT
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1940 Fonda role : JOAD
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Mr. Muscles : HEMAN
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Words repeated in "If ___ meet ___..." : ABODY
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Musical Mitchell : JONI
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PC key : DELETE
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Kind of reaction : GUT
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Public address system? : CSPAN
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Sales force : REPS
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City northwest of Syracuse : OSWEGO
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Court records : ACTA
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Drops on the ground : DEW
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Didn't budge : STAYEDPUT
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Coo or cuckoo : NOISE
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Internet destinations : SITES
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Shut off (from) : ALIENATED
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Like 11-Down : INERT
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Chat : TETEATETE
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Inherently : PERSE
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"Reeling in the Years" rock group : STEELYDAN
Down
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Trees with sawtooth-edged leaves : ASPENS
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Umberto II was its last king : ITALIA
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Afire : RAGING
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Leave alone : JILT
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Oxford University college since 1326 : ORIEL
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New York's former ___ Building : RCA
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They have their ears close to the ground : DACHSHUNDS
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Monk, perhaps : ASCETIC
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Singer Young : NEIL
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Suffix with sea or moon : SCAPE
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Number 18 : ARGON
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Easily detached : TEARAWAY
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Uttered : EMITTED
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Had a hunch : SENSED
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Suffix with clown or brown : ISH
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Stamp of approval : USDA
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Gulf port : ADEN
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Drip source : STALACTITE
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Brit. recording giant : EMI
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Minim : JOT
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Baltic Sea tributary : ODER
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Trouble, so to speak : HOTWATER
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Proclivity : BENT
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Marquis de Sade novel : JUSTINE
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Military decoration : EPAULET
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Tabloid topic : GOSSIP
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Like some pymts. : COD
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Exchanged words? : EDITED
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Cuenca coin : PESETA
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Its flag has a yellow cross on a blue background : SWEDEN
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Onlookers : EYERS
49
Romance : GESTE
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Record of one year : ANNAL
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Some congratulations : PATS
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Like some cereal : OATY
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A foot wide? : EEE

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

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