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New York Times Feb 11 1998

'Essays of ___,' 1823 ELIA
'Gigi' lyricist LERNER
'Turandot' slave LIU
1953 Pulitzer playwright INGE
1994 Jodie Foster film NELL
50+ percent MOST
Abbr. at the bottom of a letter ENC
Agnes, to Cecil B. NIECE
Arctic dwellers LAPPS
Belief of 1.1 billion ISLAM
Berg of 'Lulu' fame ALBAN
Bottom line NET
Breathing fire IRATE
Burdened TAXED
Certain fisherman EELER
Composer Rorem NED
Comrades PALS
Course finale EXAM
Delete XOUT
Electron tube DIODE
Farmer's prayer, perhaps RAIN
Fish, to herons PREY
Five-star Bradley OMAR
Fortitude GUTS
Gallic girlfriend AMIE
Grassy plain LLANO
Homily: Abbr. SER
Honey badgers RATELS
Humorist Bombeck ERMA
In the ___ (likely to happen) OFFING
Incline SLOPE
Irving protagonist GARP
It's tucked under the chin VIOLA
Just the ___ SAME
Lineman END
Modify ALTER
Monique's eye OEIL
Motorists' org. AAA
Naysaying ANTI
Nettle RILE
Nonexistent NULL
Not to mention AND
On-the-job learner INTERN
Overly bookish sort NERD
Parisian parent MERE
Passionate ARDENT
Pharmacy solutions AQUAS
Piedmont wine center ASTI
Pitching stat. ERA
Pithecanthropus relative APE
Popular parade horse PALOMINO
Prom dress material TULLE
Pub quaffs ALES
Setting for Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra' GENOA
Severe blow GALE
Sewn-on cutout design APPLIQUE
Short poem on two rhymes RONDEL
Somewhat dark DUSKY
Spanish dance FANDANGO
Substitute for the unnamed ETAL
Suffer a humiliating loss, in slang EATIT
Talking during a film, e.g. NONO
Tap word HOT
The East ASIA
Thompson of 'Sense and Sensibility' EMMA
Trudge PLOD
Urban air pollution SMAZE
Valentine present! ENGAGEMENTRING.
Valentine present? BOXOFCHOCOLATES
Valentine present? ADOZENREDROSES
Vegetate LOAF
Year Claudius died LIV
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