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New York Times, Friday, April 17, 1998

Father worshiped a tennis star, to a palindromist

Author:
Matt Gaffney
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Matt Gaffney

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 38 Missing: {BJQXZ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 44 for Mr. Gaffney. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1998, The New York Times4/17/98 ( No. 17,692 )
Across
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The going rate? : SPEED
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Grow at a progressive rate : PYRAMID
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Marked the hour : TOLLED
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Three before seven : AREACODE
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Father worshiped a tennis star, to a palindromist : POPDEIFIEDSELES
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Imitating : ALA
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Fancy desk : ROLLTOP
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Skip, as stones on water : DAP
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Mosaic piece : TESSERA
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"The Martyrdom of ___" (classic Muslim work) : ALI
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Kind of skin : DOE
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The Way : TAO
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University of California campus : DAVIS
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Favorite oriole home : ELM
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Professorial work : TREATISE
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Hawaii senator erased facts, to a palindromist : AKAKADELEDSTATS
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"The Addams Family" role : MORTICIA
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"There ___ goes..." : SHE
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Goodyear's home : AKRON
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Compass pt. : SSE
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Crab : NAG
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Courtroom anonym : ROE
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Teases : LEADSON
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Mom's twins? : EMS
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Some functions : DINNERS
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One's successor : TWO
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Youngster helped society, to a palindromist : TOTDIDCIVICDEED
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Get drunk : TIEONEON
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Links : COURSE
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Like many teens at the movies : ONDATES
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Canvases : TENTS
Down
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Parade honoree, for short : STPAT
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Consolidated : POOLED
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Westernmost county of Texas : ELPASO
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Time of legend : ELD
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Lawn mower brand : DEERE
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___-à-porter (ready-to-wear) : PRET
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Tokyo, once : YEDO
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Filer : RASP
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King of the skies : ACE
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Region of eastern Europe : MOLDAVIA
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Utopian : IDEALIST
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Is unable to stand : DESPISES
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Maker of the fragrance Poison : DIOR
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Suffer : AIL
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Unexciting : FLAT
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"Never ___ tell thy love": Blake : SEEKTO
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Road ___ : ATLAS
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It's found in banks : ORE
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A little salt : DASH
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Make it : ATTEND
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Reclined : LAIN
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Year in Elizabeth I's reign : MDC
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Seventeen people?: Abbr. : EDS
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Italian for "rather bitter" : AMARETTO
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City near Grissom A.F.B. : KOKOMOIN
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Brought in : ARRESTED
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Frozen Wasser : EIS
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Ht. : ELEV
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In reverse : ASTERN
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Advice of 1851 : GOWEST
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N.F.L.'s Dickerson : ERIC
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Race site : ASCOT
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Foci : NODES
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Exertion : DINT
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Descartes "product" : IDEE
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Sgt. maj. and others : NCOS
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"The Delta of Venus" author : NIN
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1988 Meg Ryan film : DOA
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Directly : DUE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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