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COUNTDOWN

New York Times, Sunday, September 20, 1998

Author:
Charles Deber
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Charles M. Deber

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 26 for Mr. Deber. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1998, The New York TimesNo. 0920 ( 17,848 )
Across
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God "the most merciful" : ALLAH
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Bird of myth : ROC
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Slanted: Abbr. : ITAL
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Blacksmith's tools : RASPS
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Prefix with grain : MULTI
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Show presenter, for short : USO
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Pioneering Russian spacecraft series : LUNA
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Lawn game : BOCCIE
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Sight off the coast of Salerno : AMALFIVESSEL
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Bugs : IRKS
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Be creative : IDEATE
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Spanish weeks : SEMANAS
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Expo '70 host : OSAKA
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Saw red : GOTMAD
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Last-minute ticket acquirer, maybe : STANDEE
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"Well done!" : NICE
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Broadly : FATLY
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Certain annuity plan : TONTINE
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1998, e.g., in fancy language : YEAROFOURLORD
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Piglike animals : TAPIRS
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Cleveland team, for short : CAVS
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Minneapolis-to-Fargo hwy. : USTEN
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Man, in old Rome : VIR
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Rock's Burdon and Carmen : ERICS
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Transmit via computer : MODEM
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Seventh-century date : DCI
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Some porcelain : SPODE
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Worker ___ : ANT
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Math ratio : SINE
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Orchestra member : OBOIST
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Gulf of ___ (arm of the Baltic) : RIGA
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No longer in enemy hands : RETAKEN
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Heather lands : MOORS
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Footnote word : IBIDEM
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A new look at an 18th-century English writer : GOLDSMITHREEXAMINED
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Fabric with nubby yarn : RATINE
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First name in stand-up : HENNY
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Big name in computer games : GENESIS
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Like a wayward G.I. : AWOL
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Nautical passageway : STRAIT
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Bustles : ADOS
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Mouths : ORA
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"From Here to Eternity" wife : KAREN
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Oil driller's setup : RIG
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On again : RELIT
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Sing like Bing : CROON
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Non-P.C. suffix : ESS
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Express : OPINE
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Institution since 1701 : YALE
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Close and Ford : GLENNS
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Nurses and police officers, e.g. : SHIFTWORKERS
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Neighbors of Ethiopians : SOMALIS
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Enemies of the Iroquois : ERIES
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Consider, with "over" : CHEW
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Kind of set : DINETTE
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Place to go with a flashlight : CAVERN
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He coached 347 N.F.L. wins : SHULA
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Menu section : ENTREES
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Like our numbers : ARABIC
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Apocalypse : DOOM
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1773 Tea Party, e.g. : BOSTONEVENT
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Survey respondent : POLLEE
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Let go of : DROP
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Back muscle, for short : LAT
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TV actress Taylor : RENEE
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Jacket choice : TWEED
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Sushi supplies : EELS
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Poetic preposition : ERE
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Seconds: Abbr. : ASSTS
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Collect : AMASS
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"12 Angry Men" director : LUMET
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Pack animal : LLAMA
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Monopoly avenue next to the B.&O. Railroad : ATLANTIC
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Sellers of record players : HIFIVENDORS
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Brownish : RUSSET
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Sugar ending : OSE
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Feature of classical architecture : COLONNADE
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Kind of artery : ILIAC
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Bomb : TURKEY
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"Crazy Love" singer : ANKA
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Song syllables : LAS
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Vases of a "La Bohème" character : RODOLFOURNS
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___ radical : ACETYL
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Fast shuffle, so to speak : SCAM
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Sandwich base : PITA
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Very beginning : SEED
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Item that's often stubbed : BIGTOE
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Composer Saint-___ : SAENS
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Not a good person with secrets : SIEVE
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Democrats fight it : FASCISM
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"___ long..." : ARTIS
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Representation : ICON
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Writer Welty : EUDORA
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Roundish : OVOID
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Forehead feature : RIDGE
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Source of an omen, maybe : DREAM
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Zoom : TEAR
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Drury Lane composer of the 1700's : ARNE
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The Panthers of the Big East Conference : PITT
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Success for a returning space shuttle : SMOOTHREENTRY
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"Do you ___?" : MIND
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Target of many a wound : PRIDE
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1991-92 U.S. Open champ : SELES
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Not streamlined : BOXY
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Parts of 69-Down : TINES
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Catlike : AGILE
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___-Tiki : KON
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Tiny model : MINI
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Casey of County General Hospital : BEN
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Pilgrimage sites : SHRINES
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Lean : MEAGER
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Berlin's "___ Lost in His Arms" : IGOT
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See 57-Down : RAKES
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Soaked : AWASH
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Sculpture subjects : TORSI
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In a minute : SOON
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Maker of a brand name? : IRON
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Lacking : SANS
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Early wheels : TRIKE
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O.K. : ALLOWABLE
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Per ___ : DIEM
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Insouciant : NOTWORRIED
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Chart holder : EASEL
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The 1990's, politically speaking : CLINTONERA
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Vintner's cache : RESERVES
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William or Henry : PRINCE
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Sparkle : GLINT
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Weak : FEEBLE
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Train : SCHOOL
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Carol starter : ADESTE
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Mountains, so to speak : HUMPS
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"Difficult years" : TEENS
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Position : TENET
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Met singer Simon : ESTES
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Kirk, e.g.: Abbr. : CAPT
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Straight, after "in" : AROW
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Low tract : VALE
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Recovering from a charley horse : SORE
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Onetime Presidential inits. : DDE
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Dory feature : OAR

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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