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JUST TRY ME! (Hard Clues)

New York Times, Sunday, October 17, 1999

Author:
Bob and Sharon Klahn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bob Klahn
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Sharon Klahn

This puzzle:

Rows: 25, Columns: 25 Words: 188, Blocks: 100 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 36 for Mr. Klahn. This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Klahn. NYT links: Across Lite
Special note: In 1999, the NYT published six special 25 x 25 "Millennium" puzzles. Each came with two sets of clues, easy and hard. The clues here are the hard ones. Click here to see the set.
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© 1999, The New York TimesNo. 1017 ( 18,240 )
Across
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1957 Literature Nobelist : CAMUS
6
A milk drinker may have one : MUSTACHE
14
Booms : SPARS
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There may be a spat about it : SHOE
23
Brimming : AWASH
24
Six-liter bottle : IMPERIAL
25
Dickensian schemer : URIAH
26
Vandals : HUNS
27
*Smiling reporters from earthquake sites? : BADNEWSBEAMERS
29
*Russian roulette and chicken? : NERVEGAMES
31
Branch : ARM
32
Grig's digs : EELERY
33
Union agreements? : IDOS
35
Gerry Adams's org. : IRA
36
Lord of the East : AGA
37
Title woman of a 1962 Roy Orbison hit : LEAH
39
Hot : IRED
40
It's best when it's broken : THEICE
42
Buoyant : SPRINGY
44
Moore of old TV game shows : GARRY
46
Oprah in "The Color Purple" : SOFIA
49
Sun follower? : MON
50
Take control of : HARNESS
51
Expecting : GRAVID
53
Oval home : WIGWAM
55
Affixes : TIESON
57
Drips drops : OOZES
58
*Sperm banks? : GAMETEKEEPERS
62
"Vissi d'arte" singer : TOSCA
66
Parting words : OBITS
67
Pulitzer poet Dugan : ALAN
68
Change a letter, perhaps : REGRADE
69
One who delivers on campus : LECTOR
70
Bubbly entertainer? : DONHO
71
Wingdings : ROASTS
73
Winner in 1967: Abbr. : ISR
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"Long," in Hawaiian : LOA
76
Donkey's years : EONS
77
Calypso instrument : STEELDRUM
79
Tangles : WEBS
81
Kind of special : KMART
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"Jabberwocky" word : MOME
84
Summer house? : LEO
85
Silver spur, so to speak : HIYO
86
Gershwin's first hit : SWANEE
87
"Sleepy Time Gal" lyricist Raymond : EGAN
88
Senselessness? : COMA
91
*What fueled Macbeth? : METHANEOFCAWDOR
96
Endangered state bird : NENE
97
Epiphanies : AHAS
98
Oscar-winning "Nashville" tune : IMEASY
99
Put in stitches : SLAY
100
Meal starter : OAT
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Breed : SORT
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Expert in martial arts : NINJA
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Series ender : ETAL
105
1979 James Bond movie : MOONRAKER
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Rapprochement : THAW
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Pres. who once coached Yale football : GRF
113
Dopey picture? : CEL
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Watch in astonishment : GAPEAT
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Private line : ASIDE
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It flowered during the reign of Louis XV : ROCOCO
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Controversial school subject : EBONICS
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"How to Murder Your Wife" star : LISI
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Bearcat : PANDA
125
"My Friend Flicka" author : OHARA
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*Cat's reaction to a vet shot? : MEOWTHATHURTS
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Chilly : ALGID
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Marquand sleuth : MRMOTO
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Expire : RUNOUT
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Quarters, say : PHASES
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Entered : TYPEDIN
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Words of dedication : TOA
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Triumphant : ONTOP
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Trailer : PROMO
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"Across" or "Down," in a crossword : HEADING
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Object of advances? : LENDEE
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First name in old westerns : RORY
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Nonkosher sandwiches : BLTS
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Rock blaster : AMP
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Stud ___ : FEE
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Cough (up) : ANTE
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Coming from both sides : STEREO
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Rossini's "Count ___" : ORY
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*"The Last Supper," e.g.? : MEALFRESCO
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*Handwriting on the wall for Mark McGwire? : BATMASTERSOMEN
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Popular New Age singer : ENYA
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"Dumb & Dumber" destination : ASPEN
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Prepare to take off : UNBUTTON
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Stabber : PRONG
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River Kwai locale : SIAM
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Pad paper? : LEASE
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Broadcasters : STATIONS
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Buttinsky : YENTE
Down
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Intrigue : CABAL
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Plugged in : AWARE
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Publication since 1952 : MADMAGAZINE
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R.M.N. and J.F.K. were once in it : USN
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___-wolf : SHE
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Stephen King white-knuckler : MISERY
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Like 25-Across : UMBLE
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Careers : SPEEDS
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Career : TEAR
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General assembly? : ARMY
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French business abbr. : CIE
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Laugh sound : HAR
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Holmes's Miss Venner : ELSIE
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There's an arrow in its logo : SUNOCO
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Introduced : PRESENTED
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Basketball center : AIR
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Fills with joy : RAVISHES
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Support for Hillary : SHERPAS
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"___ La La" (Manfred Mann hit) : SHA
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Kind : HUMANE
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Where to walk very carefully : ONEGGS
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Bacon bits? : ESSAYS
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Off-the-wall : WEIRD
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Infamous Spanish collar : GARROTE
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Low beams : DIMMERS
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*Finish treating the puppies? : HAVETHELASTWORMED
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Ornamental stone : TIGERSEYE
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Herman Wouk's Youngblood ___ : HAWKE
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*Like a young sheep that avoids wet pavement? : INNOCEMENTASALAMB
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Browned in deep fat : RISSOLE
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Runner who was called "The Buckeye Bullet" : OWENS
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Worthy : FIT
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They may be dry or baked : GOODS
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Hardly a symbol of spontaneity : ROBOT
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Patronage : AEGIS
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"The Quiet Man" setting : IRELAND
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"Young Frankenstein" actress : GARR
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N.L. batting champ of 1966 : ALOU
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Webb address? : MAAM
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Pleasant place to drive : PARKWAY
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Second banana : STOOGE
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Scam artist : CONMAN
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First name in detective fiction : ARSENE
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Another time : LATERON
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Meandering : TWINY
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It's often twisted apart : OREO
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It precedes lunes : DOMINGO
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Hike : BOOST
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Cavernous opening : MAW
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Flips out : HASACOW
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"The Guns of Navarone" actress : SCALA
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Subject of a 1986 Tad Szulc biography : CASTRO
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Words repeated by Jolson and Cantor : OHOHOH
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Rattle : MARACA
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Foreign prince : EMIR
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Basket elevation : TENFEET
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Uris book, with "The" : HAJ
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Terrace surface, perhaps : FLAGSTONE
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Fox relative : ARAPAHO
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Root of diplomacy : ELIHU
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Bergman's last role : MEIR
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Brewer's aid : OAST
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Cole Porter miss : OTIS
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Wise man : KINGSOLOMON
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"Frasier" dog : EDDIE
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Makes out : READS
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Potential prizewinner : ENTRANT
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1930 discovery : PLUTO
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University of Wales site : CARDIFF
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Producers of tieups at work? : BOOTLACES
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Indian craft : CANOE
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Cobra killers: Var. : MONGEESE
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It's heard at a snap : HUT
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Children's game classification : MINERAL
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He played the Wiz in "The Wiz" : PRYOR
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View at the Tate Gallery : THAMES
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Mocha inhabitant : YEMENI
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Melon tree : PAPAYA
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Whom Paris left for Helen : OENONE
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On the double : PRESTO
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Spruces up : PREENS
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Leave one's coach : DEBUS
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"What the Butler Saw" dramatist : ORTON
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E. C. Bentley detective : TRENT
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"Playboy of the Western World" playwright : SYNGE
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Blue books : SMUT
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"Jour de Fête" star : TATI
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Beat it : LAM
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Losing ground? : SPA
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Hill dweller : ANT
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TV Guide notation : TBA
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Mole : SPY
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Vein glory? : ORE

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 6 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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