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New York Times, Sunday, July 18, 2004

Author:
Seth A. Abel
Editor:
Will Shortz
"We cannot all be masters, nor all masters / Cannot be truly 'd" speaker
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 6 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Abel.
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© 2004, The New York Times7/18/04 ( No. 19,976 )
Across
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Gambit : TACTIC
7
Kind of day : BADHAIR
14
Fix permanently : CEMENT
20
Emphatic yes : IDOIDO
21
Heir, in legal terminology : ALIENEE
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The way things stand now : ASITIS
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Recommendation for a chronically absent employee? : FINDINGHIMWASPURELUCK
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Sham : FAKE
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Volkswagen model : JETTA
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Photo lab abbr. : ENL
29
Goes out : DIES
30
MSN competitor : AOL
31
Solo : GOITALONE
36
Recommendation for a dishonest employee? : HESUNBELIEVABLEATWORK
45
Spiral-horned antelope : ELAND
46
Fair-hiring letters : EEO
47
Actor Tognazzi of 1978's "La Cage aux Folles" : UGO
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Passing concerns?: Abbr. : TDS
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Early sixth-century date : DII
50
Keys who won five Grammys for her debut album : ALICIA
52
Showy flower : ANEMONE
55
Records : LOGS
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Like some ears : TIN
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Polite denial : NOSIR
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Adroit : DEFT
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Tram loads : ORES
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Recommendation for an employee who stole petty cash? : HETOOKCHANGESERIOUSLY
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Wallop : BELT
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White or Red follower : SOX
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Stately stand : ELMS
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Recommendation for an employee guilty of sexual harassment? : WEWEREALLTOUCHEDBYHIM
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Son of Seth : ENOS
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Gin flavoring : SLOE
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Extinguish : DOUSE
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Family-friendly card game : UNO
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Memo opener : INRE
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Dirty : UNCLEAN
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Buffet warmer : STERNO
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Orbit, for example : GUM
94
___ mind : OFA
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Chinese "way" : TAO
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Computer key : TAB
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Dairy pitcher? : ELSIE
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Recommendation for an employee who was chronically drunk? : HISSKILLISBEINGWASTED
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Set upon : ASSAULTED
107
Tee off : IRK
108
Incentivize : SPUR
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Letters at sea : HMS
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Dark area : UMBRA
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N.Y.C. cultural attraction : MOMA
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All-purpose ambiguous job recommendation : WASTENOTIMECALLINGHIM
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Not inclined : AVERSE
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Mercury, for one : ELEMENT
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Power in old movies : TYRONE
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Least : MEREST
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Lives : RESIDES
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Silences : HUSHES
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Short row : TIFF
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Top 5 song by Sarah McLachlan : ADIA
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Bop : CONK
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"The washday miracle" sloganeer, once : TIDE
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Notorious Amin : IDI
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Flimflam : CONJOB
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Thai currency : BAHT
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Settled : ALIT
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Minolta digital camera : DIMAGE
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Fell : HEW
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Santa ___ winds : ANA
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Plural suffix : IES
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Abrogate : REPEAL
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Family of five, say : CARLOAD
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Saskatoon-to-Winnipeg dir. : ESE
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Storage problem : MILDEW
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Decorative needle case : ETUI
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"Good one!" : NICE
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Expresses disapproval : TSKS
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Moisturizing lotion : GELEE
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Empty, as an apartment : UNLET
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"___ quote ..." : ANDI
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Egg : OVUM
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"We cannot all be masters, nor all masters / Cannot be truly 'd" speaker : IAGO
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Some low-risk investments, briefly : TBONDS
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Some Windows systems : NTS
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Moor : HEATH
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"Dallas" matriarch : ELLIE
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Good-hearted soul : SAINT
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Dad's bro : UNC
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Collar attachment : LEASH
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Ancient region bordering the Aegean : IONIA
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Targets of baking soda : ODORS
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Double star in Orion : RIGEL
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Affectionate, slangily : KISSY
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Robes may touch them : ANKLES
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Surrealist Max : ERNST
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Specialty shoe width : EEE
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Miserable : LOUSY
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Having eight pins, as an electrical connection : OCTAL
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Lets go : FREES
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Marks in Spanish class : TILDES
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Really big : OBESE
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Key preposition : OER
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Muck : GOO
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Radiate : EXUDE
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Fed. money overseer : OMB
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Ponder : WEIGH
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Opposite of get-up-and-go : ENNUI
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Computer network menaces : WORMS
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CNN's Dobbs : LOU
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Soup choice : LENTIL
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Raccoon relative : COATI
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Spicy cuisine : HUNAN
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Novelist Fannie : HURST
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Certain navel : INNIE
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Responded to a cattle call : MOOED
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Start fishing : CAST
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Leaf feature : LOBE
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Like some patio furniture : TEAK
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Two-time U.S. Open champ : ELS
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Gives the nod : OKS
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Trawling gear : FISHNET
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The Cradle of Texas Liberty : ALAMO
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Saloon floozie, slangily : BGIRL
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He declined the 1964 Literature Nobel : SARTRE
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Brilliance : LUSTER
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Brought out : EDUCED
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Spirit : WRAITH
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Went from bank to bank? : SWAM
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Smooth over : PAVE
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Not-so-straight shooter? : USER
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Barn locks? : MANE
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Some lunch orders : BLTS
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Nonunion employees: Abbr. : MGRS
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"Oops!" : OHOH
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Greedy cry : MINE
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Treasonous Aldrich : AMES
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Curve shape : ESS
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It's surrounded by eau : ILE
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Mayo, por ejemplo : MES
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Record label inits. : EMI
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Manhattan sch. : NYU

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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