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WORDS HILLBILLY-STYLE

New York Times, Sunday, December 26, 1999

Author:
Greg Staples
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 71 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Staples. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1999, The New York TimesNo. 1226 ( 18,310 )
Across
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Whizzes : PROS
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"Well done!" : NICE
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It can give you a pointer : COMPASS
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Some sports cars : MGS
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Response to many a punch line : OUCH
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Domain : AREA
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Fitness : ABILITY
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Directional suffix : ERN
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"Ah like to ___ with diffr'nt huntin' spots" : SPEARMINT
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"Don't let the man stand outside, ___!" : VITAMIN
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Royale automaker : REO
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Most overcome : TEARIEST
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Rose and Fountain : PETES
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Persistent critic : RAILER
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Forward : SENDON
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Is under the weather : AILS
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Typo : MISPRINT
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Writing surface, in old Rome : TABULA
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Many Forbes readers have them : MBAS
40
Sound units : SONES
41
Encyclopedia offering : MAP
44
"___ is gettin' a bit tight on mah finger" : MERINGUE
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Gulf port : ADEN
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Took some chips, maybe : SNACKED
51
Bleach : ETIOLATE
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Goddess with the gift of life : ISIS
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Jeans man : STRAUSS
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Cancel : ANNUL
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Brogue or twang : ACCENT
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Darrow of "King Kong" : ANN
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Ancient Asia Minor region : IONIA
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Distance around : GIRTH
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Supporter of arms, for short : NRA
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"___ tard of this bad weather" : ARMAGEDDON
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"Let's hep preserve our natur'l ___" : RACEHORSES
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Bill's partner : COO
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Takes a powder : FLEES
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Harass : BESET
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Capital of Romania : LEU
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Oahu attire : MUUMUU
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Classic suit : TWEED
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It's above the tonsil : ADENOID
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Basic French verb : ETRE
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Left alone : DESERTED
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"On the Road" writer : KEROUAC
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Many bucks : DEER
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"___ pa? He feelin' better?" : ANHEUSER
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Show that's launched many film careers: Abbr. : SNL
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1994 Peace Nobelist : RABIN
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Ratón chaser : GATO
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Member of a ladies' club : MATRON
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End of a race : ELECTION
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Onetime World Cup star : PELE
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Become flabby : GOSOFT
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Crescent-shaped : BICORN
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Title words before "Music" and "You Knocking" : IHEAR
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"It doesn't matter" : WHATEVER
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"Disgusting!" : ICK
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"___ drink Pepsi, but ah'll have a Coke few don't mind" : ANOMALY
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"The waitress will be heah soon. I ___" : CAUTERIZE
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The Divine, to da Vinci : DIO
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Hubble telescope subjects : NEBULAE
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Recommend : URGE
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Chemical endings : INES
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Mateo or Diego, e.g. : SAN
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Gorge crosser : TRESTLE
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I-80 and U.S. 10, e.g. : RTES
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Come clean, with "up" : FESS
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Newsgroup messages : POSTS
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Indian coin : RUPEE
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Drink, so to speak : OCEAN
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Archeological bit : SHARD
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Get specific : NAMENAMES
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Perfume source : IRIS
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Horseman? : CENTAUR
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Fill the bill? : EAT
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Gives up the fight : CAVES
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Life preserver? : OBIT
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Pittance : MITE
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Ionized gas : PLASMA
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Glasses may improve it : AIM
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Rouses : STIRS
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Transmission site : SYNAPSE
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"Ma momma's from Virginny, and ma daddy's from ___" : MERLIN
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"The Power and the Glory" novelist : GREENE
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Pig patter : SNORTS
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Good comedian : RIOT
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Relative of the banana : PLANTAIN
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Like a break-in at a burglar's house : IRONIC
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Tennis's Nastase : ILIE
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"The wolf"/"the door" connector : ISAT
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Like some reading lamps : BEDSIDE
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Elementary particle : MUON
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Caviar fish : BELUGAS
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Texts for eds. : MSS
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Army member : ANT
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"I'm gonna use mah new ___ to cut the grass" : PARAMOUR
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Actress Lollobrigida : GINA
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Departure : DEATH
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Water-to-wine site : CANA
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Literally, "skill" : KUNGFU
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One of the Kramdens : ALICE
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"___ up, why dontcha grab me a beer?" : SENSUOUS
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About : INRE
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RR stops : STAS
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Temper : CHOLER
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"Waiting for Lefty" playwright : ODETS
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"Piece of cake" : NOSWEAT
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Fussy film director : RETAKER
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Capstone : ACME
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Landslide : ROUT
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Give the slip : ELUDE
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Title for Jesus, with "the" : REDEEMER
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City near Virginia City : RENO
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One of the "Little Women" : BETH
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Sawbones : MEDICO
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Cubemaker Rubik : ERNO
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Runs down : DEROGATES
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Singer Janis : IAN
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Seventh-century date : DCL
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Proof part : ERGO
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Like some citizenships : DUAL
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Contest player : ENTRANT
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Late golf champion Payne : STEWART
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Bridge signals : REBIDS
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She played Cher in "Clueless" : ALICIA
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"Ken I have ___ 'stead of the sausage?" : BECKON
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Bad blood : ANIMUS
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Post-It : NOTE
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Word with ear or peace : INNER
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Check word : PAYEE
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Typographical flourish : SERIF
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Woolly : OVINE
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Shriners' headwear: Var. : FEZES
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Lock : TRESS
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Old-fashioned police cry : HALT
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Airline to Ben Gurion : ELAL
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Extremely successful : HUGE
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U.K. award : OBE
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It might bite : CUR

Answer summary: 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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