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WARNING: CONGESTION!

New York Times, Sunday, August 23, 1998

Author:
Nelson Hardy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Nelson Hardy

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {JQZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Hardy. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1998, The New York TimesNo. 0823 ( 17,820 )
Across
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Crowning : TOPMOST
8
Lawrence Welk favorites : POLKAS
14
Slope sight : TBAR
18
Kind of case : ATTACHE
19
Not set : MOVEABLE
21
Dynamic beginning : AERO
22
"You don't have to cook all night"? : GOAHEADBAKEBYDAY
24
The Vamp : BARA
25
Angle shape : ELL
26
Computerphile : USER
27
Celebrity : SUPERSTAR
29
Guard : PATROL
32
Nonplussed : THREW
34
Corker : LULU
35
Cobb and others : TYS
36
Get hoary : AGE
37
Bender : TOOT
39
Target : AIM
41
Nicotine source : PATCH
43
Idle question to a bakery chef? : WHATSTHEBATTER
48
Polish : SHEEN
50
Pun-prone poet : NASH
51
Jog : TROT
52
Bridge section : TOOTH
54
Send all over the place : SPEW
56
Hurricane or tornado : ACTOFGOD
60
Press one's suit : WOO
61
"Our Gang" member : DARLA
62
___ strip : MOBIUS
65
Jester Jay : LENO
66
Lots : BARRELS
68
W.W. II field : ETO
69
Decision for newlyweds? : BABYYESBABYNO
74
Tiny taste : SIP
75
Highway ___ : ROBBERY
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Fashion designer Schiaparelli : ELSA
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Some snares : NOOSES
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Places for studs : LOBES
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Designate : TAP
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Dune : SANDHILL
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Actor Baskin of "Air Force One" : ELYA
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Party : REVEL
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___-pointe (ballet position) : DEMI
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Branches : ARMS
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Develop : EDUCE
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Jed Clampett, in Beverly Hills? : ARUBEWITHAVIEW
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Strict : EXACT
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Commercial prefix with vision : UNI
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Be short of : NEED
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It might show its face in Vegas : DIE
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Female gametes : OVA
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Stalk in a swamp : REED
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Lace part : AGLET
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Cleave : ADHERE
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Zealot : HARDLINER
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Starch tree : SAGO
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Singer's syllable : TRA
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Over the bounding main : ASEA
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Restrict windfall profits? : PUTABANONTHEBOON
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Break : REST
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Exhibits fear : TREMBLES
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Dregs : RESIDUE
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The Charleses' canine : ASTA
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Expunges : ERASES
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Forthcoming : INSTORE
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It's game : TAG
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Plains dweller : OTO
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School org. : PTA
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"Politically Incorrect" host : MAHER
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Spotted cats : OCELOTS
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Mild-flavored onion : SHALLOT
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A Turner : TED
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Whence the phrase "pass the buck" : POKER
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Binge, in a way : OVEREAT
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Neighbor of Syr. : LEB
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Strikeout symbols, in baseball : KAYS
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"Forever Your Girl" singer : ABDUL
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Excellent, in British lingo : SLAPUP
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Checks : TABS
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What maligned celebrities would like to do? : BEATTHEPRESS
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Collection : ARRAY
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Laughs loudly : ROARS
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Cattle feed : MASH
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Narrow margin : EYELASH
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Spitz stroke : BUTTERFLY
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Gordon or Ginsburg : RUTH
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Stooge : PAWN
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Turkish leader : AGHA
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Some parties : TEAS
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1984-88 Olympic skating champ : WITT
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"___ be in England..." : OHTO
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Plaint at a door : MEOW
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French film award : CESAR
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Spicy cuisine : THAI
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It's not up to par : BOGEY
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Expiate : ATONE
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Pooh pal : ROO
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Oft-toasted Melba : NELLIE
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Kunta Kinte's slave name : TOBY
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Aristophanes play, with "The" : WASPS
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Chops up, in a way : CUBES
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Feodor, e.g. : TSAR
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Drugstore dispensations : DOSES
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Crave, with "over" : DROOL
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Haggard of C & W : MERLE
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"The Stunt Man" star : OTOOLE
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Loving phrase for a British policeman? : BOBBYDEAREST
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Years of Caesar's reign : ANNI
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Memory unit : BYTE
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Swordsman : BLADE
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Good ___ : ASNEW
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Game played for the Thomas Cup : BADMINTON
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Swains : BEAUX
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King Harald's predecessor : OLAV
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Ex-wife of Mickey and Frank : AVA
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Old Spanish viceroyalty : PERU
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"The ___ Report" (1976 best seller) : HITE
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Ticket stub, e.g. : RECEIPT
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Kind of moth : LUNA
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Harass : RIDE
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Eshkol's successor : MEIR
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Popeye's ___ Pea : SWEE
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Perkins who wrote "Blue Suede Shoes" : CARL
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Washington's Birthday event : BIGSALE
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Infidel : HEATHEN
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Deal with : ADDRESS
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Professor's goal : TENURE
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"Butterfield 8" author : OHARA
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Wedgwood products : VASES
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Inhibit : DETER
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Passages : LANES
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Hindrances to settlements : EGOS
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Equestrian's attire : HABIT
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Facts and figures : DATA
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Start of a 1961 nonsense song : RAMA
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Small ammo : BBS
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Prefix with angle or athlete : TRI
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"Star Trek: D.S.9" character : ODO
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1980's TV drama "___ House" : OUR
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Born : NEE

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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