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New York Times, Friday, November 28, 1997

Author:
Ed Pegg Jr.
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ed Pegg Jr.

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Pegg. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1997, The New York TimesNo. 1128 ( 17,552 )
Across
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Kind of wrench : SOCKET
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Venomous, as a snake : ASPISH
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Do well : THRIVE
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Not real : PHANTOM
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Reducer : ABATER
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Eavesdropped : LISTENED
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With 49-Across, underlying theme of 24-Down : GOVERNMENT
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Prefix with stasis : META
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"___ only" : EYES
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Appropriate, in a way : ANNEX
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School subj. : SCI
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Hall of fame : MONTY
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Brine-cured cheeses : FETAS
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The skeptic : SCULLY
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Hairy-chested : VIRILE
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With the worst consequences : FATALLY
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Convictions : BELIEFS
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___ Foods, Inc. : OREIDA
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Frequent 24-Down subject : ALIENS
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Picture : SCENE
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Public relations interpretations : SPINS
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Undermine : SAP
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Vituperates : RANTS
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Gift ___ : WRAP
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Site of temptation : EDEN
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See 19-Across : CONSPIRACY
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Nice work if you can get it : SINECURE
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James Russell Lowell, for one : EDITOR
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Freshens, in a way : AERATES
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Bow out : RETIRE
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Illegal race track workers : DOPERS
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Secret fraternity : MASONS
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Put on : STAGE
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"Goody!" : OHBOY
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Desire : CRAVE
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Wind-up toys? : KITES
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Incessantly : EVER
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Arctic ___ : TERN
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Very much : APLENTY
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Climb : SHINNY
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Wallop : PASTE
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Some investors' income: Abbr. : INT
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Pipe part : STEM
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Truthful qualities : HONESTIES
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Actress Laurie of "Roseanne" : METCALF
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Parts of meeting rooms : DAISES
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Hairy-chested : MANLY
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Theme of this puzzle, with "The" : XFILES
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The believer : MULDER
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Spanish stew : OLLA
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Object of March celebrations : ERIN
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Made more precipitous : STEEPENED
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"Double Indemnity" novelist : CAIN
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Phlebotomy target : VEIN
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Defensive ditches : FOSSES
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Land of peace and simplicity : ARCADIA
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Heaven : BLISS
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Relevance : APTNESS
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Bothersome bedmate : SNORER
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Critical : ACUTE
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Fieri facias and others : WRITS
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Statistical bit : RATIO
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It's put away for winter : ACORN
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Mourning sites : PYRES
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Student of Seneca : NERO
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Give a wave? : PERM
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Essay's basis : IDEA
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Kind of gun : CAP

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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