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ABOUT THAT FRUITCAKE

New York Times, Sunday, December 17, 2000

Author:
Frances Hansen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Frances Hansen

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 73 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 113 for Ms. Hansen. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2000, The New York TimesNo. 1217 ( 18,667 )
Across
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Mountain cats : PUMAS
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Haitian dictator's nickname : PAPADOC
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Site of thousands of flowers : FLOAT
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Peace in the Mideast? : SHALOM
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United way? : AIRLANE
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Little gander : GLANCE
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Start of a verse about holiday fruitcake : SOMEPEOPLELIKETOICEIT
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1931 sudser about a washed-up prizefighter : THECHAMP
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Seurat's "___ Baignade" : UNE
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Like some pitches : OUTSIDE
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See 95-Down : INS
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Do : PARTY
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Literary monogram : RLS
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Small piano : SPINET
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"A good servant but a bad master": Bacon : MONEY
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38-Across's milieu : SEA
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Junk, e.g. : SHIP
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Brown bagger : WINO
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Unhappy expression : POUT
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Henley crew : OARS
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Movie theater : CINE
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More about that fruitcake : ANDSOMEPREFERTOHEATIT
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Luau fare : POI
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Cartoon frames : CELS
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Pakistan's chief river : INDUS
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Uninspiring talk : DRONE
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Eminence : STATURE
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Tee-hee : TITTER
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Chic : SWANKY
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Parallel : ALIGNED
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Wasn't paid up at the bar : RANATAB
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Sanction : PERMIT
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Cloisonné coating : ENAMEL
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English class activity : PARSING
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Mosque priests : IMAMS
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Newsreel pioneer Charles : PATHE
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Embellish : GILD
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Coroner's abbr. : DOA
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Yet more about that fruitcake : NOMATTERHOWYOUSLICEIT
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Its playing fields are famous : ETON
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They're black for witches : ARTS
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Oriental au pair : AMAH
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___ doble (two-step dance) : PASO
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Last word of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" : DENY
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Ref's decision : TKO
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Theatrical backdrop : SCRIM
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Paint basecoat : SEALER
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Map abbr. : MTS
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Inclination : SLANT
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Barrett of Pink Floyd : SYD
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Adult's cry in a children's game : ISEEYOU
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Kind of observatory: Abbr. : NAV
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Parts of Middle Earth : KINGDOMS
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Final words about that fruitcake : FEWPEOPLEYEARNTOEATIT
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Mideast millionaires : AMEERS
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Late : OVERDUE
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Kind of inspiration : DIVINE
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Pair on a bike : TIRES
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Bloodshed : CARNAGE
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Makes out : NECKS
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"Hey, you" : PSST
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Slip acknowledgment : UHOH
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"If He Walked Into My Life" musical : MAME
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Novelist Waugh : ALEC
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She had a choice in literature : SOPHIE
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"Hair" producer, 1967 : PAPP
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Be in bed, maybe : AIL
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Grand ___ ("Evangeline" setting) : PRE
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Attraction : ALLURE
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Like lacework : DAINTY
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Pleasing to the ear : ONKEY
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So-so mark : CEE
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Emulates the birds and the bees : FLITS
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Mille ___ (Minnesota county) : LACS
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"You're the ___ Care For" (1931 hit) : ONEI
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Parietal cell secretion : ACID
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Block of Brie? : TETE
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Not accidental : MEANT
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Paprika-seasoned stew : GOULASH
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Meditation class chorus : OMS
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Bull session participants? : TOREROS
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Really come down : POUR
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Pay one's share, with "up" : ANTE
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Gives and takes : SWAPS
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Vinifera variety : PINOT
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It has 25 states : INDIA
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1 and 66: Abbr. : NOS
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Barbers' challenges : MOPS
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General Motors division : SATURN
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Ancient symbols of resurrection : SCARABS
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Hand a line to, say : HITON
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How to sign a contract : ININK
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"Our Gang" dog : PETEY
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"Moby-Dick" captain : PELEG
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Baptism of fire : ORDEAL
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Eye doctor : OCULIST
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Have coming : MERIT
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Toned : FIT
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___-temps (meanwhile, in Metz) : ENTRE
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King nicknamed "Longshanks" : EDWARDI
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Name in old politics : TAMMANY
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Extra innings : TENTHS
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Craters of the Moon locale : IDAHO
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Big problem for a pilot : STALL
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By : NEARTO
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Quite silly : APISH
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Carried a torch (for) : PINED
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Play to the rafters : EMOTE
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Pitcher Martinez : RAMON
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Copy cats? : MEW
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Epitomic : IDEAL
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Headache intensifier : NOISE
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Football's ___ Bowl : GATOR
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Brightens : PERKSUP
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Its capital is Hagatña : GUAM
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Results of getting needled? : TATTOOS
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Looming choice : YARN
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Bypass : OMIT
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One whose days are numbered? : CPA
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Beowulf, notably : SLAYER
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Stalactite site : CAVERN
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Church council : SYNOD
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Add just before the deadline : EDGEIN
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"Wayne's World" co-star : MYERS
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1983 Indy 500 winner : SNEVA
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With 28-Across, some protests : SIT
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"___ first ..." : IFAT
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Annual opener : SEMI
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Pitcher : EWER
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Foil relative : EPEE
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Joint with a cap : KNEE
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Singer Matthews : DAVE
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Of the ear : OTIC
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Non-P.C. wrap : MINK
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Some Fr. martyrs : STES
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___ cit. : LOC
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Nabokov novel : ADA
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It may be cut : RUG

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

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