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Action Figures

New York Times, Sunday, November 22, 1998

Author:
Nelson Hardy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Nelson Hardy

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Hardy. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1998, The New York TimesNo. 1122 ( 17,911 )
Across
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Superman's father : JOREL
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Assess : GAUGE
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Pang : THROE
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Small ammo : BBS
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"...in ___ tree" : APEAR
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Absorb the cost, in slang : EATIT
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Actor ___ S. Ngor : HAING
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Certain investment, for short : IRA
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Her car broke down : PATSONTHESHOULDER
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Short, for short : LIL
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Horses : EQUINES
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Hardly flighty : STAID
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Supply : SELLTO
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Mystical character : RUNE
32
"___ Girl Like You Loved a Boy Like Me" (old song) : IFA
34
Sketch-based TV show, briefly : SNL
35
Deep-six : JETTISON
37
Mystic : SEER
38
"Whew!" : MAN
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"___ Mio" : OSOLE
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Amtrak stops: Abbr. : STNS
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He's exploring new terrain : MARKSOFFTHEPATH
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Nationality indicator : ENSIGN
51
Sweet-sounding Horne : LENA
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Mandela's org. : ANC
53
Fizzles out : DIES
55
Licks : ROUTS
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Cats : BEATNIKS
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Spiral shell : CONCH
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Paper deliverers have them: Abbr. : RTES
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Blink rapidly : BAT
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Time keeper, at times : TOE
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Uses mouthwash : GARGLES
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Codgers' replies : EHS
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He has mood swings : BOBSUPANDDOWN
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The Everlys' "When Will ___ Loved" : IBE
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Helps with : DEFRAYS
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Latin foot : PES
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Choice words : ORS
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Nightmare : FEAR
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Certain sing-along : ROUND
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Genetic research aid, often : FRUITFLY
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Branch of Islam : SUNNI
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In the past, in the past : ERST
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"Chuang-tzu" principle : TAO
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Intensity : ZEAL
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"Stay!" : DONTGO
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He's gotten carried away : CHUCKSOVERBOARD
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Tater : SPUD
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Soprano Lehmann : LOTTE
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Practice : PLY
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Goya subject : MAJA
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Yenta's quality : NOSINESS
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"Sleepy Time ___" (1925 song) : GAL
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Speech with a lesson: Abbr. : SER
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Drafts, maybe : ALES
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Value : ESTEEM
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Unveiling cries : TADAS
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Beethoven contemporary : ROSSINI
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___ Z : ATO
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He's always asleep by midnight : PETERSOUTATTHEEND
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Rag : KID
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Modern cartoon genre : ANIME
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Actor Jonathan of "Brazil" : PRYCE
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Four-time Masters champion, to fans : ARNIE
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Babe's abode : STY
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Challenges for college srs. : LSATS
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Strained : TAXED
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Inspirations : MUSES
Down
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Comics : JAPERS
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Unclear : OPAQUE
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Get in sync again : RETUNE
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Not so strenuous : EASIER
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Scientology guru ___ Hubbard : LRON
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Makes a lot of progress : GETSFAR
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What to say to a doctor : AAH
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Sporty trucks, for short : UTES
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Basic ideas : GISTS
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Patriot Allen : ETHAN
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Cousin of plop : THUD
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"Alfie" lyricist David : HAL
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Purge : RID
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Ballroom dance : ONESTEP
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Everglades bird : EGRET
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He has a lawyer : BILLSTHECLIENT
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Londoner, e.g. : BRITON
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They fix locks : SALONS
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Longtime Playboy artist LeRoy : NEIMAN
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___ Olay : OILOF
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Entry : LISTING
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Low socks : ANKLETS
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Long ___ : JOHNS
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A util. : ELEC
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Gambled : STAKED
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Classic sports cars : MGS
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The deep : SEA
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Prov. on Hudson Bay : ONT
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What science fiction writers do : FANTASIZE
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Trim : ADORN
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Made a muff : ERRED
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"Let's wait" : NOTHERE
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She likes having children around : SUESFORCUSTODY
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"___ De-Lovely" : ITS
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"Whole" thing : SHEBANG
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Barbara, to friends : BABS
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Charged item : ION
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Cornfield sounds : CAWS
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"Hopalong Cassidy" actor : BOYD
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Fit for a King? : GORY
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Prefix with comic : SERIO
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African language group : BANTU
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Displace : UPROOT
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Tiny bit, in France : PEU
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Globs : DOLLOPS
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Much sought-after author : RUSHDIE
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Jollies : FUN
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Admits nothing? : FASTS
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Three times, in prescriptions : TER
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Groovy : FAB
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Golf course purchase, maybe : SOD
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W.B.A. outcomes : TKOS
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Timber trouble : DRYROT
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Author Samuel : CLEMENS
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70's detective series : VEGAS
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Sent smoke signals, maybe : ALERTED
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Some sportswear, slangily : SNEAKS
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Tacky note : POSTIT
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Capital of Lesotho : MASERU
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The Coneheads, e.g. : ALIENS
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Actress Garth : JENNIE
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Sotto voce remarks : ASIDES
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Gurkha's home : NEPAL
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Embrace : ADOPT
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1944 Preminger film : LAURA
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Very, in Vichy : TRES
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Where Achilles was bathed : STYX
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Ersatz : SHAM
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___ Maria : TIA
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Ambulance V.I.P. : EMT
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More than pass : ACE

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 7 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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