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New York Times Jan 20 1998

'Chill!' RELAX
'Drove my Chevy to the ___...' (1972 lyric) LEVEE
'Much ___ About Nothing' ADO
'Sea of Love' star Barkin ELLEN
'Surf City' singers, 1963 JANADEAN
'___, Brute!' ETTU
1991 feminist movie THELMAALOUISE
300-pound President TAFT
41-week best seller, 1970-71 LOVESTORY
4:00, in Kent TEA
Actress Thurman UMA
Approximately ORSO
Armed Forces option NAVY
Balance sheet plus ASSET
Barely manage, with 'out' EKE
Bikini alternative THONG
Blockhead LUG
Blue-pencils EDITS
Cartoon magpies HECKLEAJECKLE
Certain grains RYES
Come together UNITE
Common sculpture TORSO
Cousin of the English horn OBOE
Deface MAR
Delivered by a Huey Cobra AIRLIFTED
Dog's drink, or resting spot LAP
Early afternoon ONE
Early outcasts ADAMAEVE
Ecological succession FOODCHAIN
Elicit EVOKE
Eye opener ALARM
Ferber of 'Show Boat' EDNA
Fires AXES
For the taking FREE
Gidget portrayer Sandra DEE
Give a licking TAN
Home of 3.5 billion ASIA
It thickens the plot SOD
It's all in the family GENUS
It's just over a foot ANKLE
Lead ore GALENA
Literary lioness ELSA
Lodge member ELK
Martha's Vineyard, in the summer RESORT
Mythical monster ORC
Noisy birds JAYS
Old photo SEPIA
Open a crack AJAR
Painter of limp watches DALI
Physicist Nikola TESLA
Powdered starches SAGOS
Princess tormentor PEA
Radical 60's org. SDS
Rational SANE
Reluctant LOATH
Result of counting sheep SLEEP
Road, for Romulus ITER
Rounds, say AMMO
Screen siren West MAE
Seeing red RILED
Shop tool LATHE
Side in many a western APACHES
Signs INKS
Singer Burl IVES
Skin layer DERMA
Snowball in 'Animal Farm' PIG
Some check it daily HOROSCOPE
Suffix with star or tsar DOM
Sunburn woe PEEL
Takes care of the squeaky wheel OILS
Thickheaded DENSE
Trustful RELIANT
Type ILK
Valerie Harper series RHODA
Went down a slope SKIED
Work, as dough KNEAD
Zeno's home ELEA
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