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New York Times Dec 03 1998

'Alas!' sighed the jean legs, '___.' WEVEBEENLETDOWN
'Big deal,' said the pockets, '___.' SHETURNEDUSOUT.
'Far out!' RAD
'I hear you!' replied the seat, '___.' SHEBRUSHEDMEOFF
'Mud' JOE
'Oh dear!' cried the waist, '___.' IVEBEENTAKENIN
'To do' list AGENDA.
1984 skiing gold medalist MAHRE
1997 Peter Fonda title role ULEE
1997 Spielberg movie AMISTAD
1998 erupter ETNA
6-Down output ASH
Assuming that IFSO
Bad lighting? ARSON
Because SINCE
Big video game name SEGA
Blue SAD
Bone under a watch ULNA
Bonkers MAD
Carrel filler DESK
Character actor Wynn KEENAN
Chase scene? ATM
Co-Nobelist with Menachem ANWAR
Confirm AVER
Countdown deejay Casey KASEM
Crispy sandwich BLT
Demolitionist's supply TNT
Doctor's orders DOSES
E-mail nuisance SPAM
Fabled loser HARE
FedEx, say SHIP
Flea or gnat BITER
Florence flooder ARNO
Football Hall-of-Famer ___ Page ALAN
Former Orr teammate, familiarly ESPO
Highland pants TREWS
Home in space MIR
Incline SLOPE
Irk-aholic? PEST
Isabel II, e.g. REINA
It's under layers NEST
Jacques Cousteau's world MONDE
Lazy waters BAYOU
Like some antibiotics ORAL
Look at things to come? PROMO
M-G-M founder LOEW
Melodic Melba NELLIE
Minerva's symbol OWL
Model-turned-actress Carol ALT
Notions IDEAS
Obi-Wan, for one JEDI
Peddle HAWK
Plywood layer VENEER
Probe (into) DELVE
Pulls some levers VOTES
Rock's Brian ENO
Scheme PLOT
Science fiction award HUGO
Small amphibians EFTS
Some blues DYES
Speak of love COO
Spicy cuisine THAI
Spinks and others LEONS
Start of a correction ERASURE
Stealing: Prefix KLEPT
Sweat TOIL
The terrible ___ TWOS
Those of Juan's things ESOS
Trompe l'___ (art illusion) OEIL
TV's Griffin MERV
Uninterruptedly ONEND
Unkept yard, e.g. EYESORE
Was sweet (on) DOTED
Words after 'peekaboo' ISEEYOU
Yielded GAVE
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