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New York Times, Monday, October 26, 1998

Author:
Robert Dillman
Editor:
Will Shortz
Clement Moore's "right jolly old elf"
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Robert Dillman

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Dillman. Monday freshness: 37%
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© 1998, The New York Times10/26/98 ( No. 17,884 )
Across
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Pitcher : EWER
5
Egyptian vipers : ASPS
9
TV's Pyle : GOMER
14
Lose brilliancy : FADE
15
Shed, as skin : MOLT
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The "I" of IM : INTRA
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Nonstop round-the-clock, informally : TWENTYFOURSEVEN
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Clement Moore's "right jolly old elf" : SANTA
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Watches for : AWAITS
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___ longa, vita brevis : ARS
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Most optimistic : ROSIEST
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NASA's Armstrong : NEIL
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Stumped solvers' requests : HINTS
34
CCLVI doubled : DXII
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California's Fort ___ : ORD
36
Crunchy sandwich : TACO
37
Raison ___ : DETRE
38
Start of a free call : ONEEIGHTHUNDRED
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Dress lines : SEAMS
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"No problem!" : EASY
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Not a particular : ANY
45
From Santiago to Buenos Aires : ESTE
46
Cop's ID : BADGE
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Actual being : ESSE
49
Olympian's no-no : STEROID
51
Boston Red ___ : SOX
53
Transcript listings : GRADES
56
Fire's start : SPARK
60
Boeing plane : SEVENSIXTYSEVEN
64
Teheran resident : IRANI
65
Christie's "Death on the ___" : NILE
66
Mining locale : LODE
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Trousers : PANTS
68
Sporty 60's cars : GTOS
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Kids' winter schoolday wish : SNOW
Down
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Newts in transition : EFTS
2
Trumpet sound : WAWA
3
Genesis garden : EDEN
4
Avis offering : RENTAL
5
"Once in Love With ___" : AMY
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Parlor seat : SOFA
7
David Mamet's "Speed-the-___" : PLOW
8
Jeb of Bull Run fame : STUART
9
Essences : GISTS
10
Not balanced : ONESIDED
11
VH1 rival : MTV
12
Before, once : ERE
13
Skedaddled : RAN
18
Road crew's supply : TAR
19
Spanish streams : RIOS
23
Lively old dance : SHAG
25
Epic film screenful : EXTRAS
26
Temptresses : SIRENS
27
Do 60's clothing designs : TIEDYE
28
Snare parts : NOOSES
29
Mr. Hemingway : ERNEST
30
Think creatively : IDEATE
32
"___ bin ein Berliner" : ICH
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Was aware of : NOTED
36
"___ the season..." : TIS
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Letters after Daniel Moynihan's name : DNY
39
Newly formed : EMERGENT
40
Witch : HAG
41
Applications : USES
46
Diagonal : BIAS
47
Totaling : ADDING
48
Kicks out : EXPELS
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Birdlife : ORNIS
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W.W. II agcy. : OSS
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Passage out : EXIT
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Breakthrough battle in Normandy : STLO
57
Stratford's stream : AVON
58
Completely fix : REDO
59
Was in the loop : KNEW
60
Not guzzle : SIP
61
Pitcher's stat : ERA
62
Vehicle with sliding doors : VAN
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"You betcha!" : YES

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