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New York Times, Saturday, June 21, 1997

Wildly exaggerated, as a performance

Author:
Gerald R. Ferguson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Gerald R. Ferguson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JKQZ} This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Ferguson.
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© 1997, The New York Times6/21/97 ( No. 17,392 )
Across
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Gives everything away : BLABS
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Without a clue : ATWITSEND
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Charge : RUNAT
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Petty crook : CHISELLER
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Green card candidate, maybe : EXILE
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Whoppers : TALLTALES
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"Touch of Evil" director, 1958 : WELLES
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Like some stock prices : NEARPAR
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Fish relish : ALEC
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Singer Sumac : YMA
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Makes well-liked : ENDEARS
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Medicinal plant : IPECAC
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Herbal do-all : ALOE
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Watkins Glen, e.g. : RACECOURSE
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Portions : METES
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P-Q, maybe: Abbr. : VOL
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Roto-Rooter alternative : DRANO
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Wildly exaggerated, as a performance : OVERTHETOP
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Little bills : ONES
44
Biblical short cut : REDSEA
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Road menace : SPEEDER
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Time in the classifieds : EVE
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One of the Muppets : ELMO
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Basketball forwards, e.g. : LEAPERS
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Give details : FILLIN
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Bees do it: Var. : POLLENATE
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Bit of a waltz : GLIDE
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Path adornments? : PRIMROSES
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Philippine president Fidel : RAMOS
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Fiascos : DISASTERS
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Celebrated Surrealist : ERNST
Down
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Ale or coffee : BREW
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Sumptuousness : LUXE
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Dye-producing shrub : ANIL
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Crooners : BALLADEERS
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Sociologist Shelby : STEELE
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Pretense : ACT
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Part of a comparison : THAN
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Book publisher John : WILEY
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Kind of calendar : ISLAMIC
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Almost any mammal : TETRAPOD
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Sharp rebuke : SLAP
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Poet ___ Wheeler Wilcox : ELLA
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Poet's contraction : NEER
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Pepper and others : DRS
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Brand : SEAR
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Want : CRAVE
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Foreign exchange student, maybe : ELEVE
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Great : NOTED
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Carlyle's kinfolk : SCOTS
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International monetary unit : EURODOLLAR
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Stretch : CRANE
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Seven-time Emmy winner : ASNER
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Bus. bigwigs : CEOS
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Don Juan's emotion : AMOR
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Abscond : ELOPE
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Some dye workers : STEEPERS
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Indigent : HAVENOT
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Lucre : PELF
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Einstein, e.g. : EMIGRE
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Tape deck option : ERASE
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Singer of the screen : LORI
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"___ Coming" (1969 hit) : ELIS
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Book of the Book of Mormon : ALMA
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Slangy noun suffix : STER
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Paint : LIMN
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Important vows : IDOS
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Love ___ : NEST
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Mail-order abbr. : PPD
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Hook shape : ESS

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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