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New York Times Aug 04 1997

'Frasier' character NILES
'Goodnight' girl of song IRENE
'I'm telling you the truth!' HONEST
'Mila 18' novelist URIS
'___ was in the beginning...' ASIT
A.F.C. division WEST
Antagonist FOE
Army outfit UNIT
Attracted DREW
Baseball bat wood ASH
Basketballer CAGER
Batter's position PLATE
Camelot lady ENID
Certain boxing blow LEFT
Chianti container CARAFE
Copier powder TONER
Cosmonauts' space station MIR
Craps action BET
Dateless ALONE
Decline EBB
Down East MAINE
Emergency room supply SERUM
Finished OVER
George Marshall's alma mater, briefly VMI
Lab eggs OVA
Lawyers' org. ABA
Like a wagon trail RUTTED
Liquefy, as ice cream MELT
Longtime 'What's My Line' panelist ARLENE
Madam's mate SIR
Mauna ___ LOA
Minstrel's song LAY
Mitch Miller's instrument OBOE
Mongolian desert GOBI
Mother that can't be fooled NATURE
Mother-of-pearls NACRES
Much of kindergarten PLAYTIME
Neanderthal's weapon CLUB
New Jersey city south of Paramus LODI
No longer working: Abbr. RET
Novelist Zola and others EMILES
Org. expanding into Eastern Europe NATO
Parts of bytes BITS
Prefix with venous INTRA
Repeated Chris O'Donnell movie role ROBIN
See-through wrap SARAN
Seldom seen RARE
Send, as payment REMIT
September bloom ASTER
Sharpen, as a razor HONE
Skyward ALOFT
Spanish article UNA
Split REND
Sports venue ARENA
Statutes LAWS
Stick-to-itiveness GRIT
Still sleeping ABED
Strong thumbs-up review RAVE
Submarine sandwich HERO
The dark side EVIL
The first X of X-X-X TIC
Touch up, as text EDIT
Toward the stern AFT
Tramp HOBO
Treasure of the Sierra Madre ORO
Ulcer cause, in popular belief STRESS
VHS alternative BETA
Woeful word ALAS
Worker with an apron CHEF
Y. A. of the Giants TITTLE
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