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New York Times, Monday, May 18, 1998

They were once "The most trusted name in television"

Author:
Ed Early
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 32 Missing: {FJQXZ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Early.
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© 1998, The New York Times5/18/98 ( No. 17,723 )
Across
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Has speech difficulties : LISPS
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On ___ (like much freelance work) : SPEC
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Opera star : DIVA
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Brilliant success : ECLAT
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Bathroom flooring : TILE
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Japanese sashes : OBIS
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Diner offering : SOUPANDSANDWICH
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Hire : ENGAGE
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Partygoer : ATTENDEE
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Shakespearean king : LEAR
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Historic periods : ERAS
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Walter Cronkite's network : CBS
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Plant part : STEM
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Amount eaten : INTAKE
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The triple of a triple play : OUTS
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Org. overseeing fairness in hiring : EEOC
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Specified : NAMED
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Restaurant offering : MEATANDPOTATOES
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Week or rear follower : ENDER
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Min. components : SECS
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Author ___ Stanley Gardner : ERLE
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Emblems on Indian poles : TOTEMS
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Bucks' mates : DOES
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Initials in fashion : YSL
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In ___ land (dreaming) : LALA
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"Three men in ___" : ATUB
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Living : RESIDING
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Apache souvenirs : SCALPS
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Lawn party offering : CAKEANDICECREAM
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Sale caveat : ASIS
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Swallow : GULP
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Emulate Cicero : ORATE
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Used E-mail : SENT
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Verbally joust (with) : SPAR
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Continue a subscription : RENEW
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___-majesté : LESE
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Computer signpost : ICON
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False coin : SLUG
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Like John Paul II : PAPAL
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Old Wells Fargo vehicles : STAGES
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Regular: Abbr. : STD
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Tower locale : PISA
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Exhilarate : ELATE
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Prefix with -fugal : CENTRI
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Like New York City, to Albany : DOWNSTATE
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Footnote abbr. : IBID
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Bad habit, so to speak : VICE
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Arthur ___ Stadium (U.S.T.A. facility) : ASHE
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Tidy up : NEATEN
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Actress/singer Durbin : DEANNA
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Marsh plants : REEDS
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Kitchen cleanser : COMET
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It's good in Guadalajara : BUENO
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German city : STADT
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Bike that zips in and out of traffic : MOPED
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Writer Cleveland ___ : AMORY
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Starting points in shipbuilding : KEELS
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1950's Ford flop : EDSEL
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Hardest and strongest : STEELIEST
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Drink with a marshmallow : COCOA
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Spanish fleet : ARMADA
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Pesky African insect : TSETSE
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Broken arm holders : SLINGS
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Aid and comfort : SUCCOR
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Ending words in a price : ANDUP
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Wilkes-___, Pa. : BARRE
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They were once "The most trusted name in television" : RCAS
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Facility : EASE
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Injure, as a knee : SKIN
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___ monster : GILA
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Not having much fat : LEAN
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Cracker topping : PATE
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Eurasian duck : SMEW
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Life-saving skill, for short : CPR

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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