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New York Times, Friday, April 11, 1997

Words before "signed, sealed, delivered" in a Stevie Wonder hit

Author:
Manny Nosowsky
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Manny Nosowsky

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JQWZ} This is puzzle # 61 for Mr. Nosowsky.
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© 1997, The New York Times4/11/97 ( No. 17,321 )
Across
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The Garden of Eden? : FIRSTPLACE
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"I understand now" : AHSO
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Eloquent : ORATORICAL
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Agent's income : FEES
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Don's family : COSANOSTRA
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Unit of fat : GRAM
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Articles in Le Monde : UNS
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Hospital employee : EXTERN
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One asking for a handout : HOBO
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Things one sings? : SOLI
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Skywalker mentor : YODA
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Beach playthings : PAILS
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Pitch, in a way : ERECT
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O.K. sign, maybe : NOD
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When prompted : ONCUE
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Camel country : DESERT
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Salad style : NICOISE
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Slant : BIAS
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Unwelcome word at an antique shop : OOPS
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Words before "signed, sealed, delivered" in a Stevie Wonder hit : HEREIAM
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Find abhorrent : DETEST
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Nightclub charge : COVER
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Med. country : LEB
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Monkey or pony : DANCE
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Another name : ALIAS
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"Yes, ___" : MAAM
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Ones ranked E-4 to E-9: Abbr. : NCOS
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Painter Anthony Van ___ : DYCK
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Slightly black : SINGED
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___ Lunas, N.M. : LOS
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Where el sol rises : ESTE
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Tactless : INDELICATE
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Do-well intro : NEER
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Fainted : KEELEDOVER
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Williams and Kennedy : TEDS
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Shoot-'em-up : HORSEOPERA
Down
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Intent : FOCUSED
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Taconite, e.g. : IRONORE
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Grapples with, as a critter : RASSLES
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Depot: Abbr. : STA
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Signal on the hour : TONE
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Stockholder's prerogative : PROXY
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Loser to Ali : LISTON
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Followed, as advice : ACTEDON
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Benzi box : CARRADIO
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Enthusiasm : ELAN
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Flemish : Belgium :: Pashto : ___ : AFGHANISTAN
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Extravagant behavior : HEROICS
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Aqua-colored : SEABLUE
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Filtrate : OSMOSE
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Party picker-uppers : ICEBREAKERS
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Dog-tired : POOPED
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Judges and juries : TRIERS
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Popular sushi fish : TAI
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Icelander's catch : COD
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Oscar-nominated "Exodus" actor : SALMINEO
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Vatican City jurisdiction : HOLYSEE
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Tossed out : EVICTED
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Wander aimlessly : MEANDER
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Surrounded territory : ENCLAVE
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Kid's transport : SCOOTER
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Tile square : TESSERA
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Rhythmic : CADENT
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Deli wares : BAGELS
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Free-for-all : MELEE
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Punjabi believer : SIKH
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Lover of Aeneas : DIDO
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Bluecoat : COP

Answer summary: 3 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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