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New York Times, Friday, December 4, 1998

His last words were "Thus, I give up the spear!"

Author:
John Wolting
Editor:
Will Shortz
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John Wolting

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Wolting. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1998, The New York Times12/4/98 ( No. 17,923 )
Across
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His last words were "Thus, I give up the spear!" : CAPTAINAHAB
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Ward Cleaver and others : FATHERFIGURES
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Hold back : PULLONESPUNCHES
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First sign : ARIES
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Identify : PEG
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Abbr. on a relief map : ALT
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Caesar's partner : COCA
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Limited support? : RAILS
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Maintain : AVER
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Asteroid first seen in 1898 : EROS
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It may be seen breaking out : ACNE
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Bounty : PRICE
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One available for the taking? : THIEF
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Take a stripe from : DEMOTE
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N.Y.P.D. notice : APB
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Foundation, often : ENDOWER
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Alphabet run : RST
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Lane in the main : SEAWAY
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Kind of wave : CRIME
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Cartographic extra : INSET
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Conk out : QUIT
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Strains at Covent Garden : ARIA
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Lady chapel locale : APSE
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Old-fashioned : FUSTY
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Bite : TANG
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Part of O.N.I.: Abbr. : NAV
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"Harlot's Ghost" subj. : CIA
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___ words : MINCE
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It meant a lot to Freud : SLIPOFTHETONGUE
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In time : SOONERORLATER
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Sodium Pentothal alternative : LIEDETECTOR
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Spotted : CALICO
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In any case : ATLEAST
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Light: Prefix : PHOS
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Gymnast's dream : TEN
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Have life : ARE
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Conditions : IFS
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Bottle cap? : NIPPLE
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Malaria symptoms : AGUES
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Displayed, in a way : HUNG
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Minute of ___ (1/60 degree) : ARC
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Factor in a parole board's decision : BEHAVIOR
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Hubbub : FUROR
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Culls : SELECTS
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Show restlessness, in a way : PACE
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Certain fair site : STREET
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It's not fair! : RAINY
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More than passed : ACED
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Sharp : INFOCUS
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Part of a blouse : ARM
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Certain wave, for short : PERM
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Kind of wave : HEAT
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Saturn or Mercury : DEITY
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Ah Sin and Miss Saigon : ASIANS
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Distant friends : PENPALS
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It takes a big bow : BASSVIOL
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Holy ___ : WRIT
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Very early : WEE
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Erode : EATINTO
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Huit halved : QUATRE
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1994 Stanley Cup champion teammate : RANGER
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Bring upon oneself : INCUR
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"The Morning Watch" novelist : AGEE
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Accompanied a drum, perhaps : FIFED
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Construction zone sight : CONE
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Tower of London feature : MOAT
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Taro dish : POI
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All the rage : HOT
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Poet's preposition : ERE
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"Extreme Machines" network : TLC

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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