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New York Times, Monday, December 29, 2003

Subject of frequent reports by helicopter

Author:
Gregory E. Paul
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JKQWXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 108 for Mr. Paul.
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© 2003, The New York Times12/29/03 ( No. 19,774 )
Across
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Overabundance : GLUT
5
Party pooper : DRAG
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Excited, in dialect : HETUP
14
Viking letter : RUNE
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Counterpart of a count : EARL
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Wipe off, as a slate : ERASE
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Person in the '00 class, e.g. : ALUM
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___ cost (free) : ATNO
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King or czar : RULER
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Very tight, as 38-Across : BUMPERTOBUMPER
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Peacock's pride : TAIL
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Torched. : LIT
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Departure's opposite: Abbr. : ARR
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Put back in office : REELECT
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At wit's ___ : END
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Seashore : COAST
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Sidewalk stand drink : ADE
37
Jai ___ : ALAI
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Subject of frequent reports by helicopter : RUSHHOURTRAFFIC
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Catch sight of : ESPY
43
Old cloth : RAG
44
It helps you get a leg up : STILT
45
Mudhole : STY
46
Welsh ___ : RAREBIT
49
Hush-hush org. : NSA
50
"Can't Help Lovin' ___ Man" : DAT
51
Old-fashioned verses : ODES
53
Auto commuter's companion : DRIVETIMERADIO
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Paris's river : SEINE
61
"Mamma Mia" group : ABBA
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A deadly sin : LUST
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Number of deadly sins : SEVEN
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Convene : MEET
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Cut like a letter opener : SLIT
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Lock of hair : TRESS
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Raison d'___ : ETRE
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Additionally : ALSO
Down
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Get, as a cab : GRAB
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Doozie : LULU
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E pluribus ___ : UNUM
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Entice : TEMPT
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Honeybunch : DEARIE
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Noisy toy : RATTLE
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River through Florence : ARNO
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Amount squeezed from a tube : GLOB
9
Loner : HERMIT
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Blow one's top : ERUPT
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Fable : TALE
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Customer : USER
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Pay-___-view : PER
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Third rock from the sun : EARTH
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Problem of the stomach lining : ULCER
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Fields are measured in them : ACRES
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Push out of bed : ROUST
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Hoarse : RASPY
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The "L" of XXL : LARGE
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Summer hrs., in N.Y.C. : EDT
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Spritelike : ELFIN
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Symbols of hardness : NAILS
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Judicial declarations : DICTA
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Like a wallflower : SHY
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Toward the stern : AFT
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Preach : ORATE
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Former Mideast alliance: Abbr. : UAR
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Fall flower : ASTER
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Baltimore 11 : RAVENS
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Plane on a mission : BOMBER
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Put on one's thinking cap : IDEATE
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Has supper : DINES
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Chip dip : SALSA
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Bucks and does : DEER
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Split : RIVE
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Easily calmed : TAME
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Sarcastic reply to an assurance : IBET
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Uninteresting : DULL
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Egyptian fertility goddess : ISIS
59
Director Preminger : OTTO
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Champagne-flight jet : SST

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