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New York Times Nov 04 1998

'Cheers' regular NORM
'General Hospital,' e.g. SOAP
'Hold On Tight' rock grp. ELO
'Petals in the Wind' author VCANDREWS
'Show Boat' composer KERN
'The Haunted Palace' poet POE
'Trent's Last Case' author ECBENTLEY
'U Can't Touch This' singer, 1990 MCHAMMER
32-card game SKAT
A pop PER
About 5/8 of a mi. KIL
Approve RATIFY
Around, so to speak INTOWN
Auction amount LOT
Back-to-work time: Abbr. MON
Basketball Hall-of-Famer from the Celtics KCJONES
Be in arrears OWE
Bering, e.g.: Abbr. STR
Biblical verb ending ETH
Bidding BEHEST
Brooch part PIN
Cartoonist Peter ARNO
Cayuga relative SENECA
Columnist Barrett RONA
Core NUB
Cpl. or sgt. NCO
Do a maître d's job RESEAT
Dome opening, in architecture OCULUS
Freshly ANEW
Gentle pace DOGTROT
Grand achievement COUP
Greatly surpassed, with 'over' TOWERED
Halloween decoration BAT
It has springs SPA
J.F.K. arrival SST
Jordan has a part in it: Abbr. NBA
Judge's seat BANC
Least experienced RAWEST
Like some fog PATCHY
Lose control of a car SKID
Marker IOU
Melee memento SCAR
Military vehicle JEEP
Money in the bank, say ASSET
More of a busybody NOSIER
Mornings, for short AMS
Musical speeds TEMPOS
Newborn's place CRIB
Noted children's book illustrator (one of six 'middle C' people in this puzzle) NCWYETH
Notion in Normandy IDEE
Nudge JOG
Oakland's county ALAMEDA
Old-time Met tenor CARUSO
Ones overseeing monk-y business? ABBOTS
Personal counselor MENTOR
Pet carrier feature AIRHOLE
Pick-me-up TONIC
Recorded ONTAPE
Reg. version STD
Ruler's length ONEFOOT
Sensed odors, old-style SMELT
Slaughter in baseball ENOS
Some patches IRONONS
Spoils shares? CUTS
Stranded motorist's need TOW
Subdivision of a Roman legion MANIPLE
Tack on ADD
Take flight to unite? ELOPE
Tease KID
Tenant farmer CROPPER
Thom ___ shoe stores MCAN
U.S. retailer since 1902 JCPENNEY
Wedding dance HORA
Went off at an angle VEERED
___ Luck LADY
___-Magnon CRO
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