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New York Times, Saturday, November 13, 1999

31-Down : 8-Down opponent

Author:
Jim Page
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jim Page

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JPXZ} This is puzzle # 117 for Mr. Page. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1999, The New York Times11/13/99 ( No. 18,267 )
Across
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Call a jab a hook, e.g. : MISTERM
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Prelim : LEADIN
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Clear, as a sky : ETHERIC
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U.S./Canadian defense system : DEWLINE
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Alexandra, e.g. : TSARINA
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Overpowering : AWESOME
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Delirious : RAVING
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Actress Meyers and others : ARIS
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"Cool!" : RAD
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"Lord, is ___?": Matt. 26:22 : ITI
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Scrutinizes : SIFTS
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Dentist's request : BITE
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"Later" : CIAO
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Blowup causes : TNTS
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Borne : TOTED
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Blow up : ENLARGE
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Sally Ann of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" : HOWES
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Prepare to fight : SQUAREOFF
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File : QUEUE
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"Silent Movie" co-star, 1976 : DELUISE
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___ corner (make progress) : TURNA
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Name repeated in a nursery rhyme : MARY
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Opening time, maybe : NINE
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Fixes, as fights : RIGS
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___ words : WAROF
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Stovetop sound : SSS
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Diminutive suffix : ULE
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Boxer's comeback? : BARK
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Response to a joke : IGETIT
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The United States, to Central Americans : ELNORTE
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Bootlicking : SERVILE
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Spies' quest : SECRETS
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Property receiver : ALIENEE
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Certain dates : TRYSTS
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Idiosyncrasy : ODDNESS
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Kind of unit : METRIC
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Cry before sudden death : ITSATIE
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Having an ironic comedic tone : SHAVIAN
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Actress Garr : TERI
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Land of sentimental verse : ERIN
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Seems right : RINGSTRUE
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Universal Studios record label : MCA
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31-Down opponent : LEWIS
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Meadow group : EWES
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The Unsers of Indy : ALS
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Igneous rock composed of feldspar and hornblende : DIORITE
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Stirbirds : INMATES
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Like yardage on a fourth down : NEEDED
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It has numbers from 1 to 20 : DARTS
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When to see stars : AFTERDARK
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L. Frank Baum prince : INGA
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Carnivorous fish also called a grindle : BOWFIN
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Merlin and others : OLSENS
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Some health food : TOFU
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Soothing hue : AQUA
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8-Down opponent : HOLYFIELD
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Architect Saarinen : EERO
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English poet Sir Arthur ___-Couch : QUILLER
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Pressure : URGENCY
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Raphael's "___ Madonna" : SISTINE
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Puts away, in a way : ENSILES
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Like a best friend : TRUEST
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Parts of a herd : MARES
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Actress Chandler et al. : ESTEES
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Light bulb choice : WATTS
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Boone of the Braves : BRET
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Street plan, e.g. : GRID
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With no ends sticking out : EVEN
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Hosp. areas : ORS
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Miguel or João : SAO

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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