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New York Times, Wednesday, September 29, 2004

What 29-Across might say about a good joke

Author:
Verna Suit
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Suit.
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© 2004, The New York Times9/29/04 ( No. 20,049 )
Across
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Like most world table tennis champions : ASIAN
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One who's been down the aisle : WIFE
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Sales caveat : ASIS
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"Ars ___ ..." : LONGA
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Roman way : ITER
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"Out with it!" : GIVE
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Ways up the slopes : TBARS
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Court plea, for short : NOLO
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Cameo stone : ONYX
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What friends said about 29-Across? : HEWASAGOODEGG
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Bonanza find : ORE
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Capp and Capone : ALS
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Book before Esth. : NEH
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Long-eared animal : ASS
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Subject of this puzzle : HUMPTYDUMPTY
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Play's start : ACTI
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Like very narrow shoes : AAA
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Opportunities, so to speak : DOORS
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Rubberneck : GAWK
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Nasty : SNIDE
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Duff : PRAT
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"Peer Gynt" composer : GRIEG
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L'homme over there : LUI
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180's : UEYS
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What 29-Across might say about a good joke : ITCRACKSMEUP
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Like very wide shoes : EEE
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Item worn around the neck : BOA
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A.T.M. need : PIN
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Give a nickname : TAG
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29-Across's political aspiration? : THEOVALOFFICE
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Mine, in Marseille : AMOI
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Cross letters : INRI
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___ sprawl : URBAN
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Artworks : OILS
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Dodge compact : NEON
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Actress Witherspoon : REESE
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Pubmates : LADS
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Sailor's drink : GROG
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Cousins of harps : LYRES
Down
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Even if, succinctly : ALTHO
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Off the sauce : SOBER
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Blown away : INAWE
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Indian tourist city : AGRA
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Capital of the Bahamas : NASSAU
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Plane stat : WINGSPAN
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Words of agreement : ITOO
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Grand theft auto, e.g. : FELONY
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Chipped away at : ERODED
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Wide-eyed : AGOG
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City on a strait : SINGAPORE
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Wrigley Field flora : IVY
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"___ sells" (advertising catchphrase) : SEX
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Soprano Gluck and others : ALMAS
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Israel's Barak : EHUD
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Leave the flock : STRAY
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Methods: Abbr. : SYSTS
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Outdoorsman of a sort : HIKER
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Pre-kickoff call : TAILS
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Tend to a spill : MOPUP
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Cow college student : AGGIE
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Bill of fare : CARTE
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Like Hawthorne's "Tales" : TWICETOLD
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Won ton, e.g. : DUMPLING
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Kid's song refrain : EIEIO
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Kotter of 70's TV : GABE
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Dove's activity : COOING
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Julie ___, the voice of Marge Simpson : KAVNER
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Roll out : UNFURL
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Rome's river : TIBER
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Have ___ of the jitters : ACASE
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Inheritance carriers : GENES
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Villain's reception : HISS
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Suffix with buck : AROO
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Glenn of the Eagles : FREY
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Earthlink alternative : AOL
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War stat : MIA

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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