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New York Times, Monday, October 5, 1998

20-Across : Rat fink

Author:
Peter Gordon
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Gordon

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQWX} This is puzzle # 36 for Mr. Gordon.
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© 1998, The New York Times10/5/98 ( No. 17,863 )
Across
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Shirking working : LAZY
5
Wetland : MARSH
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Big dud : FLOP
14
Butter substitute : OLEO
15
80's-90's singer Baker : ANITA
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Not prerecorded : LIVE
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Kids' building playthings : TINKERTOYS
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Prophetic sign : OMEN
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Rat fink : STOOLIE
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Private instructors : TUTORS
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Corrida cry : OLE
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Deep chasm : ABYSS
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Actress Lollobrigida : GINA
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Wily : SLY
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It gives an artist backing : EASEL
33
Carson's successor : LENO
34
Not mass-produced : TAILORMADE
36
Santa ___, Calif. : ANA
37
Tolkien creatures : HOBBITS
38
"Mamma ___!" : MIA
39
Queen's subject? : SOLDIERANT
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Tilt, as the head : COCK
42
Oregon's capital : SALEM
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Actor Vigoda : ABE
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Excellent, in modern slang : PHAT
45
"Stars and Stripes Forever" composer : SOUSA
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"Ben-___" : HUR
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___ scampi : SHRIMP
51
Winnie-the-Pooh's creator : AAMILNE
55
Telly Savalas's lack : HAIR
56
Small telescopes : SPYGLASSES
59
First word in a fairy tale : ONCE
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"Silas Marner" novelist : ELIOT
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Soviet news agency : TASS
62
Lyric poems : ODES
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Salad bar servers : TONGS
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1988 Olympic gold-medal swimmer Kristin : OTTO
Down
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Oodles : LOTS
2
Came down to earth : ALIT
3
Greek philosopher of paradox fame : ZENO
4
John Lennon's wife : YOKOONO
5
One of the Osmonds : MARIE
6
Poker player's payment : ANTE
7
Brazilian city : RIO
8
Pigs' digs : STY
9
Rash : HASTY
10
Ocean debris : FLOTSAM
11
Car with a bar : LIMO
12
Out's partner : OVER
13
State prisons : PENS
18
Grammy winner Fitzgerald : ELLA
22
Computer operators : USERS
24
Poor woodcutter of folklore : ALIBABA
25
"Puzzle by Peter Gordon," e.g. : BYLINE
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Italian salami city : GENOA
27
Counting everything : INALL
28
Israeli natives : SABRAS
30
Neighbor of Fiji : SAMOA
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Proclamation : EDICT
32
Breach of secrecy : LEAK
33
Young woman : LASS
34
Gout spot : TOE
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Giant slugger Mel : OTT
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Phrase spoken with a wave into a TV camera : HIMOM
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Longs for : DESIRES
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His art is a wrap : CHRISTO
44
Mountain lion : PUMA
46
Win for the underdog : UPSET
47
Ceases : HALTS
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"Git!" : SHOO
49
Round of applause : HAND
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Houston university : RICE
51
Full of excitement : AGOG
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Future attorney's exam: Abbr. : LSAT
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Hornet's home : NEST
54
Old gas brand : ESSO
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Arafat's org. : PLO
58
Yang's counterpart : YIN

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later.

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