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New York Times, Saturday, May 10, 1997

Familiar five-word phrase that means "Excuses are unacceptable!"

Author:
Isabel Walcott
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Walcott.
Jim Horne notes:

This clever and elegant puzzle has no IFs, ANDs, or BUTs in the 5 theme answers. CHERKNE becomes [BUT]CHERKN[IF]E, YGRFITHSHOW is [AND]YGR[IF]FITHSHOW, JPEANUTTERSWICH is J[IF]PEANUT[BUT]TERS[AND]WICH, BEAVISTHEAD is BEAVIS[AND][BUT]THEAD, and NOSSORS is NO[IF]S[AND]SOR[BUT]S.

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© 1997, The New York Times5/10/97 ( No. 17,350 )
Across
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Like The Citadel, now : COED
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The Constitution, e.g. : SHIP
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Wing it : ADLIB
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Fit : HALE
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Place for a pig : POKE
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Metier : TRADE
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With 35-Down, a birth announcement : ITSA
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Place to hold a banquet roast? : OVEN
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Like some diseases : VIRAL
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Heavy-duty kitchen implement : BUTCHERKNIFE
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Rebound : ECHO
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60's sitcom that had a whistled intro, with "The" : ANDYGRIFFITHSHOW
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Prepare to share : DIVIDE
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Circumference : AMBIT
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Sheik's peer : EMIR
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March V.I.P. : STPAT
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N2O, e.g. : GAS
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What a "choosy mother" might pack for lunch : JIFPEANUTBUTTERSANDWICH
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Ninny : ASS
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CompuServe service : EMAIL
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Wit Bombeck : ERMA
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Winter Palace residents : TSARS
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Put on ice : TABLED
48
Unsavory MTV cartoon duo : BEAVISANDBUTTHEAD
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Chevy rival : OLDS
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Familiar five-word phrase that means "Excuses are unacceptable!" : NOIFSANDSORBUTS
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Staffers : AIDES
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Abominable Snowman : YETI
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Turnoff : EXIT
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Reinstates : STETS
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Dark ___ : AGES
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Southwestern sight : MESA
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Elliptical : TERSE
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Crawl : WORM
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Black : INKY
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Smart : CHIC
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Swear word : OATH
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Otherwise : ELSE
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Sugar substitute? : DEAR
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Mooch : SPONGE
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Remain in an uncertain state : HOVER
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"Crusade in Europe" author, familiarly : IKE
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Place for a pig : PEN
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Recreational four-wheeler, for short : ATV
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Least sweet : DRIEST
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Durable wood : LARCH
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Where Shoshone Falls falls : IDAHO
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Not on deck : BELOW
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"The Spanish Tragedy" dramatist : KYD
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Rather stout : FATTISH
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Press on : IMPEL
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Alpine elevator : TBAR
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Billboard listings : HITS
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___ vu : DEJA
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Troublemakers : IMPS
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Struggles : VIES
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Stash for cash, briefly : IRA
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Maze word : START
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See 17-Across : GIRL
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Tiptop : ACME
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Roe source : SHAD
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40's theater director James : NESI
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Thurman et al. : UMAS
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Cause of a fly's demise : WEB
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Idiot boxes : TVSETS
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The way and the path : TAOISM
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They might be zapped : ADS
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Crow : BOAST
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Type of type : ELITE
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Milk snake : ADDER
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Keypad key : ENTER
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This might be in for the long haul : SEMI
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Farm team : OXEN
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Put on the line : RISK
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Corset part : STAY
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Mariner's dir. : SSE
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Deviation at sea : YAW
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Psychology I : EGO

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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