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New York Times, Wednesday, August 12, 1998

___ the side of caution (play it safe)

Author:
Alan Arbesfeld
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alan Arbesfeld

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJQ} This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Arbesfeld.
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© 1998, The New York Times8/12/98 ( No. 17,809 )
Across
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Start of a well-known series : ABCDE
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Forest denizen : ELK
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Dry (off) : TOWEL
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Retinue : TRAIN
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New beginning? : NEO
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Lessen : ABATE
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25 million to 1, maybe : LOTTOODDS
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Put a spell on : HEXED
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Director Lee : ANG
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Kind of alert : SMOG
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Round Table address : SIR
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Gulf war missile : SCUD
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Craving for candy : SWEETTOOTH
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Native American symbol : TOTEM
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Washington height : RAINIER
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Carving arrowheads, nowadays : LOSTART
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Draft org. : SSS
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Theme of this puzzle : TRIPLEDOUBLES
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"___ get it!" ("Aha!") : OHI
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Where to find clear sailing : OPENSEA
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Football choice : RECEIVE
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Actor Bruce : NIGEL
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Person with a log : BOOKKEEPER
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Vena ___ (vessel to the heart) : CAVA
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Lots of time : EON
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Canal with a mule named Sal : ERIE
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Hit with a phaser : ZAP
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Capital in 1960's headlines : HANOI
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Kindnesses : GOODDEEDS
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Actress Aimée : ANOUK
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Armageddon : END
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"A Delicate Balance" playwright : ALBEE
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Words to remember : MOTTO
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Soap solution : LYE
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Ambiances : MOODS
Down
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"It's about time!" : ATLAST
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Something to bust : BRONCO
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Strong string : CATGUT
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Dah's partner : DIT
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"The Dukes of Hazzard" spinoff : ENOS
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Grant : ENDOW
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Sitting spot : LEDGE
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Frazier's specialties : KOS
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Gauguin locale : TAHITI
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Moon of Uranus : OBERON
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Grow, in a way : WAX
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Summer in France : ETE
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Ran : LED
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Mantras : OMS
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Position : STATUS
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Supermarket section : DELI
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___ the side of caution (play it safe) : ERRON
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Seine tributary : OISE
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1979 Nastassja Kinski role : TESS
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Mark McGwire stat: Abbr. : HRS
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Swab : MOP
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Untidy one : SLOVEN
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Home on the range : TEPEE
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Summer pick-me-up : ADE
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Lt. Kojak : THEO
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"Miami Vice" cop : RICO
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Little Joe's pa, on "Bonanza" : BEN
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Not clerical : LAIC
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Shape of the world : ORB
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Scrape together : EKEOUT
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1965 Dixie Cups hit : IKOIKO
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Park structure : GAZEBO
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Got around : EVADED
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Failures : LAPSES
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Spring bloomer : PEONY
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Wear : ERODE
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Free (of) : RID
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Dutch cheese : EDAM
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Hardly one with stage fright : HAM
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It starts with enero : ANO
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"Forget it!" : NOT
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Come together : GEL
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"Eldorado" rock grp. : ELO

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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