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Theme: A Host of Sins

New York Times, Sunday, December 29, 1996

Author:
B. White
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bryant White

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 130, Blocks: 78 Missing: {JQ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 37 for Mr. White. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1996, The New York TimesNo. 1229 ( 17,218 )
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Attack severely : SCATHE
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Sweet, dark wine : MARSALA
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Saw-billed duck : SMEW
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Dutch city on the Rhine : ARNHEM
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Bacchanalian activity : CAROUSAL
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Silly : APISH
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Venomous snake : WATERMOCCAPRIDE
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Girl, informally : MISSY
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"M*A*S*H" regular : SWIT
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Noted Riverdale High student : ARCHIE
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Insanity and others : DEFENSES
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Ballerina Spessivtseva : OLGA
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Philbrick's "___ Three Lives" : ILED
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Some wts. : LBS
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Silver coins of ancient Greece : OBOLS
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Pot-au-___ (meat and vegetable dish) : FEU
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___ were : ASIT
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Bossy remark? : MOO
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Spanish arm : BRAZO
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Rat Pack member : FRANKCOVETOUSNESSATRA
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Make, as bread : EARN
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Captain of the Half Moon : HUDSON
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Quarterback's cry : HUT
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Sugar source : MAPLE
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Victim in a 1932 mystery, with "the" : THINMAN
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It comes from a fountain : GURGLE
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Perfect : MINT
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Division of a long poem : CANTO
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List shortener : ETALIA
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Swamp : ENGULF
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Separates : UNGLUES
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Writers Meyer and Ira : LEVINS
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One who wails : KEENER
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Other: Fr. : AUTRE
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"The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" writer : INGE
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Planetarium : ORRERY
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Comic punctuation from a drummer : RIMSHOT
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Prepares, in a way : COOKS
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Chivvy : NAG
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Help the cause : DONATE
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Pitch : FALL
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"Arabian Nights" hero : GLUTTONYDBADTHESAILOR
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First name in hoteliers : LEONA
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Charles, e.g. : ROI
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Offend olfactorily : REEK
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Suffix with portrait : URE
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Schubert piece : VALSE
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Schmear : DAB
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Million-selling : GOLD
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Jack-o'-lantern feature : GRIN
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Bargain hunter's joy : FIRESALE
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Axis divisions : ARMIES
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Tropical tree of the soapberry family : AKEE
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Commence : ARISE
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Popular cocktail : ENVYGAPORESLING
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Hold off : DETER
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Blows to smithereens : ATOMIZES
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Rouge roulette bet : TRENTE
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Some beans : SOYS
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Solvent compounds : HEXANES
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Like most gates : HINGED
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Shortens : SAWSOFF
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Worm for bait : CRAWLER
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One of the Leeward Islands : ANTIGUA
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Head of Thermopylae? : THETA
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One of L.B.J.'s beagles : HER
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Mystery author Lathen : EMMA
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Chopper : MACHETE
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"This is ___!" (police cry) : ARAID
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1948 Hitchcock thriller : ROPE
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South of Mexico : SUR
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"___ live and breathe!" : ASI
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Cheryl and Diane of Hollywood : LADDS
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Nautical direction : ALEE
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17th-century rationalist : SPINOZA
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Hypothetical animal : MISSLOTHGLINK
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Abbreviations for weekend days : ESSES
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Reasons : WHYS
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Year St. Augustine was born : CCCLIV
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They undergo mitosis : AMEBAS
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Prayer : ORISON
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Ones voting yes : FORS
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Vociferous : LOUDMOUTHED
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___ nova : BOSSA
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Plot to plant : ACRE
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"The Ten Commandments" location : MOUNTLUSTAI
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Michael Jackson's first #1 hit : BEN
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Where Triton is : NEPTUNE
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___-El (Superman's real name) : KAL
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Doodad : THINGAMABOB
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United Nations vote : NON
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Opinions : RULINGS
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"Relax!" : ATEASE
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Feldspar, e.g. : MINERAL
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Uniqueness : ANGERGULARITY
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Horned Frogs' sch. : TCU
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Solo in space : HAN
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Come together : GEL
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Arapaho foe : UTE
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Trattoria offering : RAVIOLI
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Vietnamese river or delta : MEKONG
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Celtic Poseidon : LER
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Small swimmers : FRY
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Man of courage, to Kipling : ERO
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Hollywood workplace : SET
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Emerson of tennis : ROY
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Chief Vedic god : INDRA
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Wine shipment : CASK
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Biographer Winslow : OLA
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Kind of fingerprint : DNA
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Branch railroad, e.g. : FEEDER
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Intelligently planned progresses : TELESES
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Flipper : TOSSER
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Suitable for service : ONEA
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Blast furnace apparatuses : TROMPES
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Chariot-driving Greek god : HELIOS
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Ready to ambush : LURKING
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The East, en Espana : ORIENTE
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Broke a rule of play : RENEGED
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Migratory songbird : VIREO
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Al ___ : DENTE
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Just touch : GRAZE
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Pioneer in medicine : GALEN
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Macarena and others : FADS
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Jacob's first wife : LEAH
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Opposed, in Dogpatch : AGIN
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Clockmaker Thomas : SETH
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___ angelica (organ stop) : VOX
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Singer Sumac : YMA
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Overseas title : SRI

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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