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New York Times, Friday, December 11, 1998

Author:
Joe DiPietro
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe DiPietro

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQWX} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. DiPietro. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1998, The New York TimesNo. 1211 ( 17,930 )

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Across
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One who works on walls : MURALIST
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Roman holiday : FESTA
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Agent's fee, often : ONETENTH
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Scams : BUNCOS
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Iroquoian language : CHEROKEE
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Bags : SNARES
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Dough : KALE
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Grub : LARVA
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Bad news for the king : MATE
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Ivy Leaguers : ELIS
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Pollster Roper : ELMO
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Some takebacks : REPOS
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New car owner's worry : DENT
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Some are Spanish : OMELETS
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Accelerated : MOVEDUP
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It may give you a good start : BOO
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Tanning lotion letters : SPF
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Sea-ear : ABALONE
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"___ out!" : YER
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Skipper's syllable, maybe : TRA
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Leyden jar lining : TINFOIL
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Rattled off : RECITED
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Cape : NESS
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Points : ITEMS
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Roadie's responsibility : AMPS
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Ancient cross : ANKH
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Converse competitor : KEDS
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Outsider : ALIEN
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Autocrat: Var. : TZAR
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"Can it!" : ENOUGH
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Apprentice : NEOPHYTE
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Takes over : USURPS
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Ran : STREAMED
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"___ Dragon" (1977 Disney musical) : PETES
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Acuity : KEENNESS
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Ridiculed : MOCKED
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In poor health : UNHALE
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Land : REELIN
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Still : ATREST
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Regulus's constellation : LEO
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Trimming tape : INKLE
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Plagiarize : STEAL
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1,000 large calories : THERM
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Clowning : FUN
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Crown covering : ENAMEL
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Barely make it : SCRAPEBY
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In direct confrontation : TOETOTOE
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Taxing job? : ASSESSOR
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Explorer's org. : BSA
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Kind of doll : VOODOO
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Gross out : REPEL
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Certain bond, informally : MUNI
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Swimmer Biondi and others : MATTS
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Annual award : OBIE
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Part of a wrecking crew? : VANDAL
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Brownie : ELF
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Initiate : STRIKEUP
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Make-believe : PRETENSE
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Had a visible front : FACEDOUT
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"Yeah, right" : IMSURE
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Lane with lines : NATHAN
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Pepsin, for one : ENZYME
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Pair for pairs : SKATES
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Prepares wheat, in a way : SHREDS
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Louis B. Mayer's birthplace : MINSK
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Quarterback Rodney : PEETE
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Sound asleep? : SNORE
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Sighed sounds : AHS
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H.M.O. listing : GPS
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Flair, e.g. : PEN

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

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