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DID THERE USE TO BE ...?

New York Times, Sunday, October 26, 2003

Author:
Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Merrell

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Rows: 23, Columns: 23 Words: 168, Blocks: 86 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2003, The New York TimesNo. 1026 ( 19,710 )
Across
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Fort Worth sch. : TCU
4
Plain folk : AMISH
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Player : ATHLETE
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Late bloomer : ASTER
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Millennium Falcon pilot ___ Solo : HAN
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"Il convivio" writer : DANTE
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Revolutionary's cry : FREEDOM
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Iffy response : MAYBE
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Where there's a whole lot of shaking going on : EPICENTER
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Salad ingredient : ROMAINE
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Proofers' catches : TYPOS
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Before TV, were there ...? : FROZENRADIODINNERS
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Copper : CENT
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___ Fey of "S.N.L." : TINA
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God with raven messengers : ODIN
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Seed cover : ARIL
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Rtes. : HWYS
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Word about someone : REP
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Crying : INTEARS
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Ritardando, musically : SLOWER
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Stock market abbr. : OTC
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Before phones, was there ...? : TELEGRAMTAG
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Basic faith : THEISM
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Brought on : PROVOKED
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More palatable : TASTIER
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Port of ancient Rome : OSTIA
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Ditches : RAVINES
63
___ Dhabi : ABU
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Globule : DROP
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Poetic gloamings : EENS
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Guinness et al. : ALECS
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Before watches, were there ...? : STOPSUNDIALS
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Snitch : RAT
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___ Senate Office Building : HART
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Subject in Revelation : SATAN
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Fay famous for a scream : WRAY
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Home of FedEx : MEMPHIS
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Fast clip on the road : EIGHTY
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W.W. II guns : STENS
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Observatory sighting : NEBULA
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Food for many zoo animals : REDMEAT
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Curse : BANE
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Turns : SOURS
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Recorded proceedings : ACTA
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Negotiator with G.M. : UAW
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Before movies, were there ...? : DRIVEINPLAYS
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Like invitees : ASKED
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Plunge in : STAB
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Something that's hatched : PLAN
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First name in 1950's Broadway : YUL
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Hot breakfast : OATMEAL
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Colosseum wear : TOGAS
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Like "enow" or "erst" : ARCHAIC
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Run through : REHEARSE
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Big bores, slangily : SNORES
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Before cars, were there ...? : HORSEALARMS
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Father's talk: Abbr. : SER
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Most pleasant : NICEST
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Rank : ECHELON
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D.D.E.'s purview : ETO
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Sound from an exam cheater : PSST
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Old Chinese money : TAEL
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Flip : TOSS
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Mantel sight : VASE
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Prefix with -pod : OCTO
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Before jets, was there ...? : STEAMLOCOMOTIVELAG
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LP player : PHONO
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Home to some 4-Across : INDIANA
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Fancied : IMAGINARY
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Called strikes, say : UMPED
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Kind of rating : NIELSEN
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Israel's southern triangle : NEGEV
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It's scaled : MAP
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Chasers : POSSE
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Grammatical classifications : GENDERS
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Actress Scacchi : GRETA
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It spans Minn. to N.Y. : ONT
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Lifting : THEFT
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View from the Bay of Naples : CAPRI
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North side : UNION
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"Zip-___-Doo-Dah" : ADEE
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Pop singer Manfred ___ : MANN
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Opening : INTRO
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Stabilized : STEADIED
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Sheepdog activity : HERDING
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Natural do : AFRO
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Stepped : TROD
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Powerful car engine, informally : HEMI
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Depend (on) : LEAN
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City between Richfield and Minnetonka : EDINA
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Ab machines, e.g. : TONERS
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Cooking personality : EMERIL
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A.T.M. selection: Abbr. : AMT
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Snapper's line? : SAYCHEESE
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Before computers, were there ...? : TYPEWRITERHACKERS
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Chicago-based monthly since 1945 : EBONY
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Pauses : RESTS
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Old-time ruler : CZAR
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Like some verbs: Abbr. : INTR
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Schedule : SLOT
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Wide collars : ETONS
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Lap dog, for short : PEKE
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Really love : EATUP
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Battler of Big Tobacco: Abbr. : AMA
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Some linemen: Abbr. : RTS
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Was inactive : SAT
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Sci-fi's Doctor ___ : WHO
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Daytime TV staple : OPRAH
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Start of a refrain : TRALA
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Before trucks, were there ...? : COVEREDWAGONSTOPS
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"___ Girls" (1957 musical) : LES
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Delirious : GIDDY
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1967 war locale : SINAI
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Boom sites : MASTS
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Prey : VICTIM
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Verdi's "___ tu" : ERI
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Vagabond : ROAMER
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___ disadvantage : ATA
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One with short limbs : BONSAI
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Common folk : PLEBS
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Pen with oink? : STY
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Grand slam, e.g. : SWEEP
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It can hold many cups : URN
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Long Island county : NASSAU
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The Mustangs of the N.C.A.A. : SMU
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With it : SHARP
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Invader of Gaul : ATTILA
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Highly ionized gas : PLASMA
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Document used in coll. admissions : GED
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Country music network, once : TNN
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Some fraternity men : NUS
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Corrodes : RUSTS
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Stationery name : EATON
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Take out of the game : BENCH
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Comics family name : OYL
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Kid : TEASE
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Alfred who coined the phrase "inferiority complex" : ADLER
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Not a std. listing : VAR
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Certain école : LYCEE
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Onetime Marshall Isl. event : ATEST
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Figaro and others : BARITONES
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Apostrophized preposition : OER
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"Alas!" : AHME
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Instant : SEC
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It gets ground up : HOE
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Swing's path : ARC
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Relative of -esque : ISH
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One kidnapping negotiator : RANSOMER
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Some volleyball shots : SETS
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Midrange voice : ALTO
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Imminent : LOOMING
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Hitting the spot : SATING
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Wee, in one spelling : TEENIE
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Kind of mitt : OVEN
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Bloop : POPUP
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Chump : SCHMO
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Weighed down : LADEN
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Pioneer carrier : STAGE
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John Wayne film, with "The" : ALAMO
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S.C. Johnson brand : SARAN
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Land that's mostly sand : EGYPT
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Late spring forecast : MILD
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Use a surgical beam : LASE
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Not just a rarity : ONER
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Gives the boot : CANS
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"Now ___ it!" : IGET
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Hurray, in Hidalgo : VIVA
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Laudatory lines : ODE

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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