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The Usual Suspects

New York Times, Sunday, May 3, 1998

Author:
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 82 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Quigley. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1998, The New York TimesNo. 0503 ( 17,708 )
Across
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Discussed thoroughly, with "out" : HASHED
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Florentine family name : MEDICI
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Flattened at the poles : OBLATE
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Diffuse : OSMOSE
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Medium-sweet sherry : OLOROSO
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Introduction : LEADIN
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Song from "Holiday Inn" : WHITECHRISTMAS
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Meteorological menace : ELNINO
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Holiday in Hue : TET
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Skyrocket : RISE
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Bamako is its capital : MALI
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Univ. awards : DEGS
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Modest bathing suit : ONEPIECE
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Lustrous hue : PEACOCKBLUE
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Notre Dame name : ARA
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Feature of some modems : FAX
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99-Down, Down Under : BOYO
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Oft-scripted Baroness Orczy novel : THESCARLETPIMPERNEL
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Smash letters : SRO
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Limerick language : ERSE
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One of the Reiners : CARL
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Gospel music award : DOVE
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Moonshine : HOOCH
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Cautious stock inv. : UTIL
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Spring bloomer : LILAC
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Op. ___ : CIT
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Botanist's workplace : HOTHOUSE
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74-Down's opposite : ELLE
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Constriction worker? : BOA
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6-pointers : TDS
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Theme of this puzzle : THECHARACTERSINCLUE
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Small shot : BBS
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Landed a haymaker : KOD
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Sked guesses : ETDS
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Quits working : ADJOURNS
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Name of 13 popes : LEO
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"Iceland" star : HENIE
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Cager Kukoc : TONI
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React to a bad joke, perhaps : WINCE
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Gore's grp. : DEMS
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Infielder Joey ___ : CORA
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Warehouse supply: Abbr. : CTNS
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Shoe box marking : EEE
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Peaked : GREENAROUNDTHEGILLS
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"Hot Diggity" singer : COMO
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Aurora's counterpart : EOS
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Crack team?: Abbr. : DEA
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Boiled holiday treat : PLUMPUDDING
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Loaf locale : BREADBIN
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Get wind of : HEAR
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Mountain lake : TARN
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Slapstick ammo : PIES
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Suffix with duct : ILE
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Theseus' land : ATTICA
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Counterirritant concoction : MUSTARDPLASTER
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First Olympic Hall of Fame gymnast : RETTON
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Under political attack, maybe : SMEARED
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Plan : INTEND
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Stalk : PREYON
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Cartoon cat : STIMPY
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Oater groups : POSSES
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Popular book genre : HOWTO
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Wheyfaced : ASHEN
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Whack : SMITE
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In great demand : HOT
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Journal addendum? : ESE
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Cut : DECREASE
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Code name : MORSE
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Medicine Nobelist Metchnikoff : ELIE
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Afro and bob : DOS
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"Just Another Girl on the ___" (1993 drama) : IRT
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Cause for pause : COMMA
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Soul singer Hayes : ISAAC
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Stadium cheer : OLE
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___ Paese cheese : BEL
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Fred Mertz, notably : LANDLORD
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Exiter's exclamation : ADIEU
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Hint : TINGE
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Nephew of Cain : ENOS
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Where Dick Button won gold : OSLO
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Epitaph starter : HIC
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S.D.I. concern : ICBM
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"Phooey!" : PAH
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Fury : IRE
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Bud, to Lou : PAL
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Business biggie : EXEC
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Ford Sterling played one : KOP
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Exiter's exclamation : BYE
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Chilean president, 1964-70 : FREI
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Delicious : TOOTHSOME
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Holy war : CRUSADE
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Starwort, e.g. : ASTER
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Most difficult to believe : TALLEST
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Buttinsky : PRIER
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Feeling lousy : ILL
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Chopin works : NOCTURNES
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Exhibits, basically : EVIDENCE
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Answer to "Shall we?" : LETS
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"Put a lid on it!" : SHH
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Kind of float : ROOTBEER
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Revolutionary name : CHE
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Pawn : HOCK
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Speaker's spot : LECTERN
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Putting up with : ABIDING
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Dictionary abbr. : CONJ
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"Here comes trouble!" : UHOH
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Inc. relative : LTD
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Have ___ (overreact) : ACOW
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Open-mouthed quintet : AEIOU
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"À votre ___!" : SANTE
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Chabrier's "Le Roi malgré ___" : LUI
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Palace or prison, e.g.: Abbr. : BLDG
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"I told you so!" : SEE
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D.S.M. recipient : NCO
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"Singing journalist" Phil : OCHS
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Guards, collectively : SECURITY
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Yemeni port : ADEN
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Slalom maneuver : SIDESLIP
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Henri or Pierre, e.g. : NOM
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Roadie's load : AMP
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Shutout : ROUT
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Dress (up) : TOG
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Shepherd's locale : LEA
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Stripling : LAD
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Nursery rhyme boy : PETER
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Starbucks serving : LATTE
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Stops up : DAMS
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Solicits, with "up" : DRUMS
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Map of the Aleutians, usually : INSET
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Fussbudget : BIDDY
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House mem. : REP
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What anglers want that campers don't : BITES
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"Mr. Belvedere" actress Graff : ILENE
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School clique, maybe : NERDS
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Kind of seal : HARP
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Ready for surgery : PREP
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Whisper sweet nothings : COO
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Cape ___ : ANN
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Chi preceder : TAI
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Humerus locale : ARM
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Year abroad : ANO
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Most letters in D.C. : STS

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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