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New York Times Nov 11 1998

'Dear' ones SIRS
'Fernando' group ABBA
'Hold on ___!' ASEC
'Seinfeld' regular ELAINE
'The Dark at the Top of the Stairs' writer INGE
'___ bitten, twice shy' ONCE
16-year-old's desire CAR
1980's TV hit MAGNUMPI
A lot of pizzazz? ZEES
Author James AGEE
Bank amounts BALANCES
Be gaga over RAVE
Cash in Cancún PESO
Cavern, in poetry GROT
Charge FEE
Chuck of Watergate fame COLSON
Coagulates SETS
Collections of anecdotes ANAS
College test, for short GRE
Common document requiring signature RELEASE
Computer order PRINT
Crazy in Cancún LOCO
De Niro classic RAGINGBULL
Delphi figure ORACLE
Descartes and others RENES
Driver's woe GLARE
Famed whaler AHAB
Graph coordinate ABSCISSA
Hauls (off) CARTS
Have ___ at AGO
International agreement ACCORD
Irish language ERSE
Island east of Java BALI
Isn't able to CANT
L. Ron Hubbard's '___ Doc Methuselah' OLE
Leave a mark on SCAR
Les États-___ UNIS
Less fresh STALER
Lifted, so to speak STOLE
Little Bighorn victor CRAZYHORSE
Little bloodsucker TSETSE
Long-necked instrument LUTE
Meat-ban cause MADCOWDISEASE.
Mideast chief EMIR
Military truant AWOL
Mom's month MAY
Most heartfelt REALEST
Move obliquely SIDLE
N.Y.C. highway, with 'the' FDR
Pickles MESSES
Pilot's field AVIATION
Protection: Var. EGIS
Put off till another day TABLED
Say no to REBUFF
Spirit of a people ETHOS
Sportscaster Merlin OLSEN
Still sleeping ABED
Suffix with infer ENCE
Surveyed SEEN
Swimmer's practice LAPS
They practice girth control DIETERS
Tobacco holders TINS
Warm up before cooking PREHEAT
Where to get your last licks in? DESSERTS
Wild plum SLOE
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