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New York Times, Saturday, February 14, 1998

Hero who debuted in Black Mask magazine, 1929

Author:
Mark Diehl
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Mark Diehl

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 26 Missing: {FJQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Diehl. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1998, The New York Times2/14/98 ( No. 17,630 )
Across
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Having an irregularly curved outline : AMOEBIC
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70's hot spots : DISCOS
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Hastily : SLAPDASH
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Available for viewing : ONTAPE
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Investigate : POKEINTO
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In relief : GRAVEN
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Punish with an arbitrary penalty : AMERCE
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Chicks : CHEEPERS
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Addition sign? : CARET
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Zoo critter : ROO
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End of a French conversation, maybe : MERCI
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Start with while : ERST
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Muscles used in rowing, for short : DELTS
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Put down : SNUB
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Fled in a hurry : TOREAWAY
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Wright wing : ELL
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Hearty occasion? : STVALENTINESDAY
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Penlight battery : AAA
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Like the perfect beaver : EAGEREST
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Vermiculite, essentially : MICA
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Groundskeeper, at times : RAKER
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Tennis's Ramirez : RAUL
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Ben-Hur, for one : SLAVE
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Doughfoots : GIS
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W.W. I site : MARNE
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Strengths: Var. : POTENCES
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Beyond the pale : WAYOUT
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Popular record label : ARISTA
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Hoagy Carmichael classic : STARDUST
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Made an impression on : DENTED
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Sends with : ENCLOSES
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Mystery writer's booty : EDGARS
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Played the sidekick : STOOGED
Down
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Six-time Gold Glove winner for Toronto : ALOMAR
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Wrights : MAKERS
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Bernstein's "Trouble in Tahiti," e.g. : OPERETTA
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Bull : EDICT
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Spoiler : BANE
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Professional suffix : IST
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32-Across handouts : CHOCOLATEKISSES
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Big cheese of Venice : DOGE
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Like some legal proceedings : INREM
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Bone of the middle ear : STAPES
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Hollowed out, as a mountain : CAVERNED
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Botanical lids : OPERCULA
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Without flapdoodle : SENSIBLY
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Berth : SPACE
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Starts illegally? : HOTWIRES
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Return to the fray : REENGAGE
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Dismal : DREAR
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Having more upstairs : SANER
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Charging cheer : OLE
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Direct-mail response sticker : YES
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Hero who debuted in Black Mask magazine, 1929 : SAMSPADE
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Nipped and tucked : TAILORED
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Giving up : VACATING
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Part of a pound? : STRAYDOG
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Sacred book of Zoroastrianism : AVESTA
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Whet : AROUSE
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Mint : UNUSED
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Some Balts : LETTS
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Return function : ENTER
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A Thomas : MARLO
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Low heels? : CADS
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City on the Brazos : WACO
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Cable channel : TNT

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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