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New York Times, Sunday, March 28, 2004

Start of a humorous definition of 50-Down (with a French "twist")

Author:
David J. Kahn
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 70 Missing: {QXZ} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 102 for Mr. Kahn. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2004, The New York Times3/28/04 ( No. 19,864 )
Across
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Biblical verb : HAST
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Actress Dench : JUDI
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Defraud : RIPOFF
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Lawyer: Abbr. : ATT
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Mixed bag : OLIO
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65-Across to, regionally : AGIN
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Worldly : SECULAR
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Even if, briefly : THO
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Start of a humorous definition of 50-Down (with a French "twist") : THETABLEHOPPINGWAITER
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Runs out of gas : TIRES
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Abruzzi's locale : ITALIA
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"Whenever" : ANYTIME
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Misstep : ERR
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Other side : FOE
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Romantically involved with : SEEING
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Exuberance : ELAN
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Definition, part 2 : ATAFOURSTARRESTAURANT
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N.Y.C. subway line : IRT
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Badly agitated, with "up" : HET
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Kitt who sang "Santa Baby" : EARTHA
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Alternative to café : THE
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Struggle : VIE
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Grp. involved in a cleanup : EPA
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Spring times : EASTERS
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Definition, part 3 : WHOSEONLY
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On cloud nine : ELATED
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"Rhyme Pays" singer : ICET
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Guys : HES
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Most-used edition: Abbr. : STD
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Contrary : OPPOSED
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"That Thing ___!" (Tom Hanks film) : YOUDO
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On the ball : ASTUTE
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Definition, part 4 : PURPOSE
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Unfounded rumor : CANARD
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Kruger National Park sight : RHINO
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Romance novelist's creation : HEROINE
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Scatter : SOW
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Tail : DOG
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Close up : FOLD
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Bother : HASSLE
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Definition, part 5 : SEEMSTOBE
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Liking a lot : SWEETON
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Sizable duration : ERA
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Plaintive cry : MAA
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Maximilian's realm: Abbr. : HRE
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Get ready to take more pictures : RELOAD
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King of France : ROI
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Mauna ___ : KEA
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Definition, part 6 : TOASKDINERSIFTHEYWANT
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Picturesque town in 27-Across : ATRI
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Priest's subordinate : DEACON
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California's Fort ___ : ORD
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Hawaiian wedding ring? : LEI
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Stage setters : ROADIES
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Commodities futures listing : GASOIL
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River through Grenoble : ISERE
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End of the definition : SOMEFRESHGROUNDPEPPER
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He put people on the ropes : ALI
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Fools : SILLIES
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Initiative : STEP
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Andy's boy in 60's TV : OPIE
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"___ Girls" (Gene Kelly movie) : LES
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Green-lighted : OKAYED
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Long stretches : EONS
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The fox in Disney's "The Fox and the Hound" : TODD
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Traditional remedy : HOTTEA
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Bourbon Street legend : ALHIRT
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___ Club : SIERRA
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Lug : TOTE
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Part of a political debate : JAB
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More revolting : UGLIER
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Losing cause? : DIET
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Rashly : INHASTE
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Garage work : REPAIR
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Here, to Henri : ICI
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"Queen of denial," e.g. : PUN
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2000 Olympic hurdles gold medalist ___ Shishigina : OLGA
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Yellowish brown : FAWN
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Wear out by rubbing : FRAY
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Gaul invader : ATTILA
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1964 Irving Wallace best seller : THEMAN
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Sign at a bicycle shop or boardinghouse : TORENT
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Peeping Tom : SPIER
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Concerning : ASFOR
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Salt of a certain acid : OLEATE
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Rote learning method : ITERATION
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Beat at the ballot box : OUTVOTE
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Laura Bush, ___ Welch : NEE
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Agcy. created by Truman : GSA
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Declarations of disgust : FIES
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Illustrator Silverstein : SHEL
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In a corner : TREED
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Slightly : ATAD
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Uncertain reactions : UHS
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A good thing to steal : THESHOW
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Like some witnesses : HOSTILE
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Not the party sort: Abbr. : IND
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See 22-Across : PEPPIER
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Crazy as ___ : ALOON
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Guayaquil's land : ECUADOR
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Papal vestment : REDROBE
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Dull plodder : STODGE
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Fishing places : WHARFS
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___ Perpetua (Idaho's motto) : ESTO
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Letter ender? : YOURS
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Fools : ASSES
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Summer wear : TEE
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"1984" figure : PROLE
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Deviates at 74-Down : YAWS
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It's usually hidden : UNDERSIDE
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Anatomical foot : PES
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Loan signer, at times : COMAKER
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Le Duc Tho's city : HANOI
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See 67-Down : SEA
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Hang on to : HOLD
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Give out : EMIT
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Become friendlier : THAW
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Sci-fi drug : TEK
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Melodic passage : ARIOSO
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Far-away connection : AND
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Sandra of "A Summer Place" : DEE
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Unhelpful : OFNOUSE
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Singer Gorme : EYDIE
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Ankle-related : TARSAL
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Player of Priam in "Troy" : OTOOLE
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Popular fragrance : ARAMIS
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Unkempt : RAGGED
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Enduring marks : SCARS
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1953 Best Actor William : HOLDEN
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Syrian city of 2 million : ALEPPO
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Moon of Neptune : NEREID
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Like Carnegie Hall : TIERED
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In the event it's true : IFSO
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Composer Satie : ERIK
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Ward of Hollywood : SELA
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Grooving on : INTO
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Kind of check : SPOT
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Disingenuous : SLY
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Hurry : HIE
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Letter ender? : PPS

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later.

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