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Theme: Initially Speaking

New York Times, Sunday, February 16, 1997

Author:
M. Gaffney
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Matt Gaffney

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 70 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 32 for Mr. Gaffney. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1997, The New York TimesNo. 0216 ( 17,267 )
Across
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Suffix with land or city : SCAPE
6
Hanged : STRUNGUP
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Unhitched? : SINGLE
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Clio contender : ADMAN
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Attack : TEARINTO
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Like socks in a drawer : PAIRED
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Noted guitarist : BRILLIANTBLUESMANKING
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Some learning : ROTE
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Kernel : GIST
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The Thames borders it : ESSEX
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Word of reproach : FIE
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Tiny type size : EMERALD
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Numbskull : ASS
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Bandleader Paul : SHAFFER
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Roman mine : MIO
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Atom : BIT
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Chiang ___-shek : KAI
43
Marcus and George : ALLENS
44
Four-time Indy winner : AUTOMOBILEJOCKEYFOYT
50
Noted youth grp. : BSA
51
___ Mujeres, Mexico : ISLA
52
Furtive sort : LURKER
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They don't want to fight : DOVES
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Should : INCASE
57
Attached at the base, botanically : SESSILE
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Druggie : USER
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Early empire builder : INCA
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Recipe amt. : TSP
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Italian city where Giotto painted : PADOVA
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"Surprised by Joy" autobiographer : CHRISTIANSCHOLARLEWIS
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Metric weights : TONNES
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It may be high in the afternoon : TEA
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Count : RELY
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Introductory material : ABCS
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Loss by decay : WASTAGE
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Wasn't sociable : SULKED
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Strike location : PLATE
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General announcement? : ATEASE
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Stagger : REEL
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Not the best service : LET
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"My Little Chickadee" star : WARPEDCOMEDIANFIELDS
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Medieval weapon : POLEAX
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Laugh syllable : HEE
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Artillery shell component : TNT
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A substantial amount of Louisiana : FEN
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Goes around : ROTATES
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Tricked : GOT
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Rolls : ROSTERS
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Vitamin C source : ADE
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Refuse : TRASH
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No longer stuck on : OVER
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Understanding words : ISEE
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Three-time N.F.L. M.V.P. : YARDAGEATTAINERTITTLE
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Understanding : TREATY
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Computer offering : MAINMENU
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Not be fast : BLEED
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They're out in a game : ODDMEN
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Prepares for a rough ride : STRAPSIN
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Cardinal points? : NESTS
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Buffalo wing? : SABRE
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Modern information medium : CDROM
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Tiny amount : AMITE
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Where gelato was invented : PALERMO
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Like a member of the U.S.N. : ENL
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Sober-minded : STAID
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Comaneci achievements : TENS
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Kind of comb : RATTAIL
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City area : URB
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"Frasier" character : NILES
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Lions' prey : GNUS
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Indians with a sun dance : UTES
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It may be struck : POSE
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Eponymous Belgian town : SPA
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Actor Holm : IAN
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An end to peace : NIK
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1994 A.L. home run king : GRIFFEY
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Soft : LENIENT
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Garden tools : EDGERS
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Homes with domes : IGLOOS
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Cold war threat : MXS
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Elvis Costello's "My ___ True" : AIMIS
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Grave marker : STELA
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Silver treat : HAY
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First name in 1936 politics : ALF
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Early 80's sitcom : FLO
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"Othello" courtesan : BIANCA
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Name in 1993 news : KORESH
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Bill the Cat pronouncement, in the funnies : ACK
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Alibi ___ (liars, of a sort) : IKES
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Shanghai : ABDUCT
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G.I. entertainment : USOSHOW
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Greek cafe : TAVERNA
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Shrovetide dish : BLINI
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Legal grounds for action : JUSTCAUSE
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Poetic preposition : ERE
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Gray and Moran : ERINS
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Argot : CANT
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Getting around well : SPRY
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"My gal" : SAL
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The best : IDEAL
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Kind of estimate : LOWBALL
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Got a flat boot? : EVICTED
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"___ deal!" : ITSA
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Some government appropriations : PORK
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The plus column : ASSETS
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Pin down : SET
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Kind of oil : SESAME
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Ogle : LEERAT
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"The Courtship of Miles Standish" character : ALDEN
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Travel (about) : GAD
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Drop acid? : ETCH
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Preceded : LEDTO
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Travels back and forth : PLIES
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Abbr. in a help wanted ad : EOE
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Application : EFFORT
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Lynette ___, first female Harlem Globetrotter : WOODARD
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Took in, maybe : ALTERED
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Actor Stephen : REA
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Congratulations, of a sort : PAT
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Palindromic English river : EXE
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Chants : INTONES
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Authorize : ENTITLE
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Beseech : PRAYTO
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___-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec : STE
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Lake Volta's country : GHANA
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Ho-hum TV fare : RERUN
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Adlai's '56 running mate : ESTES
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Like some apartments : RELET
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Most likely winners : SEEDS
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Butts : RAMS
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Rat-___ : ATAT
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Pokey : STIR
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Start of a classic Latin quote : VENI
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Broodmare : DAM
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Had fare : ATE
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Med. specialty : GYN
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Tiny terror : IMP
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___ Saud (former Mideast leader) : IBN

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 8 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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