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HEADLINES THAT MAKE YOU GO "HUH?"

New York Times, Sunday, December 28, 2003

Author:
Seth A. Abel
Editor:
Will Shortz
Ambiguous headline about agriculture legislation
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {JX} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Abel.
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© 2003, The New York Times12/28/03 ( No. 19,773 )
Across
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Rooting sections? : SCALPS
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Reserve : SHYNESS
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Latin-American rattler : MARACA
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Consort to Queen Victoria : ALBERT
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Had figured out : WASONTO
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Meteorologist's line : ISOBAR
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Ambiguous headline about agriculture legislation : FARMERBILLDIESINHOUSE
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Superfund org. : EPA
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They might save your breath : CERTS
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___ Friday : SGT
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Jiffy : SEC
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Genteel affair : TEA
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"Eso ___" (Paul Anka hit) : BESO
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"Kapow!" : BAM
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Many a perfume : SPRAY
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Ambiguous headline about school cooking lessons : KIDSMAKETASTYSNACKS
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It's all ears : MAIZE
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Quick approval: Abbr. : INIT
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___-mo : SLO
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Nursery rhyme diner : SPRAT
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Like a shoppe : OLDE
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Flummox : ADDLE
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Release : EMIT
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"___ luck?" : ANY
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Ambiguous headline about construction delay : REDTAPEHOLDSUPBRIDGE
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First mate? : EVE
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Passable : SOSO
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No longer fast : EAT
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Adoring trio : MAGI
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Some mattresses : SERTAS
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Specters : WRAITHS
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Washington and others : DINAHS
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CPR administrators : EMTS
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Abbr. after a comma : ETC
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Capital on the Dnieper : KIEV
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Place for hops : VAT
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Ambiguous headline about the Bush cabinet : ONEILLISFEDSECRETARY
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Actress Thurman : UMA
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Once before? : ERST
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Some partners: Abbr. : ATTYS
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Cambodian currency : RIEL
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Fleet : RAPID
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Island chain? : LEI
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Buds : MACS
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Two-faced : FALSE
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Ambiguous headline about Mideast dealings : IRAQIHEADSOUGHTARMS
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Pressing need? : STEAM
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Place to connect a mike : AMP
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"Rush!" : ASAP
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Swingers' grp. : PGA
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Basketball position: Abbr. : CTR
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Summer quaff : ADE
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Free from government control, slangily : DEREG
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Parrot : APE
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Ambiguous headline about a police action : COPSHELPDOGBITEVICTIM
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Person behind a pram : PUSHER
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Faucet attachment : AERATOR
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Lady of Arthurian romance : ELAINE
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Athletic wear company founded in Australia : SPEEDO
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Music bar : MEASURE
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Flat person : RENTER
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Sound's partner : SAFE
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Express approval, in a way : CLAP
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Magician's opening : ABRA
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Apollo vehicle : LEM
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Lead : PRECEDE
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Underline : STRESS
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"M*A*S*H" co-star : SWIT
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Dutch painter Frans : HALS
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Couture monogram : YSL
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Acknowledges in passing : NODSAT
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W.W. II code machines : ENIGMAS
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"Undo" mark : STET
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___ pad : SOS
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Vein specialists : MINERS
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Trash receptacles : ASHCANS
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Pooh pal : ROO
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Border : ABUT
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Wine unit : CASE
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Bailiwick : AREA
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Platitudes : BROMIDES
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Classic kids' game : ISPY
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"L'Arlésienne" composer : BIZET
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___ nut : BETEL
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Defeat badly : STOMP
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Big fat mouth : YAP
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Leg-puller : KIDDER
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"You betcha!" : ANDHOW
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Drug unit : KILO
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Drew in books? : SLEUTH
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Cliff feature : CRAG
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Classic Welles role : KANE
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Inkless pen : STY
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Customs : MORES
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Popular painkiller : ALEVE
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Jude, for one : APOSTLE
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Company whose name is also its stock symbol : IBM
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Wall Street workers : TRADERS
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"Same here" : ASAMI
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Clear in the winter : DEICE
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Collected dust : SAT
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"Uncle!" : IGIVE
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Racket : DIN
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Casual attire : TEE
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Observed the Sabbath : RESTED
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Justice dept. division : ATF
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Crime solver's aid : SKETCH
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Helps : AVAILS
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Little sprinters : HARES
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Do a do : STYLE
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Certain camera, for short : SLR
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Look that could kill, say : ICYSTARE
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Poet Khayyám : OMAR
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Store frequented by mechanics : NAPA
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Its founder was born in Mecca : ISLAM
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Obstruct : DAMUP
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Like some parties : STAG
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Disney canine : TRAMP
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Mentalist Geller : URI
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Faculty levels, for short : IQS
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Deep-sixed : DITCHED
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Dance pioneer Duncan : ISADORA
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Crate label : FRAGILE
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Straight man? : HETERO
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Jazz pianist Hines : EARL
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Alternatives to Movados : OMEGAS
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Familiar complimentary close : ASEVER
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Illicit drugs, briefly : PCPS
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Rise : GOUP
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Church alcove : APSE
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Suffix with chick : ADEE
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Christian name : DIOR
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To be overseas : ETRE
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Toiling away : ATIT
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Fresh scent : PINE
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Retired, as a prof. : EMER
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"Ain't ___ Sweet" : SHE
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Grier of "Foxy Brown" : PAM
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Approx. 252 calories : BTU
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Hoosegow : CAN

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