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New York Times, Friday, May 9, 2003

1978 novelty hit based on a historical person

Author:
Manny Nosowsky
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Manny Nosowsky

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 32 Missing: {BJQX} Grid has super-symmetry. This is puzzle # 175 for Mr. Nosowsky. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2003, The New York Times5/9/03 ( No. 19,540 )
Across
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Small shake : SHIVER
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Word in ads for toothpaste and detergent : WHITER
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Fired pitcher? : CERAMIC
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Danger sign : THINICE
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AOL member? : AMERICA
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Roof style : HARDTOP
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Letters of concern : TLC
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Abide by : RESPECT
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Pressure prefix : ACU
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Miss Daisy's driver in "Driving Miss Daisy" : HOKE
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Utter : STARK
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Signature piece?: Abbr. : INIT
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Cultured group? : ECOLI
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Uncultured one : APE
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Said with a sneer : SNIDE
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Not get uppity : KNOWONESPLACE
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Nail gun, e.g. : POWERTOOL
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Alternative to bringing a suit : SKINNYDIPPING
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Mock attack : FEINT
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Canon camera model : EOS
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Suburb of Harrisburg, Pa. : ENOLA
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Gave a buzz : RANG
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Underground workers : MOLES
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Common Latin abbr. : ETAL
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It may be hen-pecked : EGG
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Carpooler's path : HOVLANE
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Antiviral drug : AZT
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Put : SITUATE
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Horn of Africa country : SOMALIA
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Final blow : CRUSHER
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Better-tasting : YUMMIER
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Besides : ATTHAT
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Narrows down : TAPERS
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Criticize, and then some : SCATHE
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Drug source for ancient executions : HEMLOCK
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"S'pose so" : IRECKON
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Not reg. : VAR
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Sheik's guest : EMIR
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Sieves short of puréeing : RICES
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Wallop : WHACK
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"Java" man : HIRT
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Party-shunning: Abbr. : IND
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Colossal : TITANIC
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Environmental disaster : ECOCIDE
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Standing : REPUTE
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"You can take it from there" : THERESTISEASY
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Kid's cutout : PAPERDOLL
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Like Romeo and Juliet in Act 2 : ELOPING
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Queued up : INALINE
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Terse refusal : IWONT
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Inclination : SLOPE
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Personal : OWN
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Short report? : POP
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Like an island : SEAGIRT
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1978 novelty hit based on a historical person : KINGTUT
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True : NOTALIE
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Windows expert : GLAZIER
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Coca-Cola brand : FRESCA
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Wedding settings : ALTARS
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Sacred song : MOTET
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Muzzle : SNOUT
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More than a tee-hee : HAHA
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Mrs. Peel of "The Avengers" : EMMA
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Show people to seats, briefly : USH
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Band box : AMP

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

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