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New York Times, Saturday, December 11, 1999

Insect that's the last word in the Scrabble Players Dictionary

Author:
William S. Cotter
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 32 Missing: {QUX} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Cotter. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1999, The New York Times12/11/99 ( No. 18,295 )
Across
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Tried to bring down : SHOTAT
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It may be brought before a board : HANDSAW
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Ripple : WAVELET
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Apple-pie order : ALAMODE
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Facial hair : EYELASH
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Insect that's the last word in the Scrabble Players Dictionary : ZYZZYVA
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Machine gun : BREN
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1999 Emmy-winning soap role : ERICA
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Drink: Abbr. : BEV
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Explorer Balboa : VASCO
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Like some points : FINER
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From Ft. Myers to Ft. Pierce : ENE
26
Comet's purpose : CLEANSING
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Québec's southern neighbors : ETATS
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Tony-winning "Nicholas Nickleby" actor : REES
31
Tablet holder : ARK
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Submachine guns : STENS
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Dodger pitcher, A.L. Comeback Player of the Year in 1976 : TOMMYJOHN
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Immune response orchestrator : TCELL
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Party preparation : DIP
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Husband of Poppaea Sabina : NERO
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Turf : SWARD
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Countercultural magazine since 1974 : HIGHTIMES
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Affirmative action : NOD
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Cast : FLING
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Siouan tongue : OSAGE
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Land in la mer : ILE
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Kosher deli offering : LATKE
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Mideast capital : SANA
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51-Across, e.g. : PANCAKE
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They're no angels : RASCALS
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They cause breakdowns : ENZYMES
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Biting insect, informally : SKEETER
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Billet-doux opening : DEAREST
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Take stock of : ASSESS
Down
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Winter Olympics powerhouse: Abbr. : SWE
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Seat at a square dance : HAYBALE
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Quarterback : OVERSEE
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One who puts on a show : TELECASTER
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Family support group : ALANON
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Your, in Paris : TES
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Illegal trials? : HAZING
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___ clover : ALYCE
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View from Mount Tabor : NAZARETH
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No place for a base, in brief : DMZ
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Hoisin sauce ingredient : SOYBEAN
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Onsets : ADVENTS
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Drives dangerously : WEAVES
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1991 best-selling legal thriller : THEFIRM
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Small-time : RINKYDINK
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Clicker target : VCR
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Heb. judge : SAML
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They're not returned : TENNISACES
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Short school year? : SOPH
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Shot glasses : JIGGERS
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Like many blacktops : TWOLANE
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Concerto feature : CADENZA
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Spring : EMANATE
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Entertains : REGALES
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Verb ending : OSE
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1-Across surreptitiously : SNIPED
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Gasoline type, informally : HITEST
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Casts : TOSSES
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Finger ___ : LAKES
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St.-___-l'École, France : CYR
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Cognomen preceder : AKA
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Some ring buyers: Abbr. : SRS

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 7 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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