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New York Times Oct 31 1997

'48___' HRS
'Las Meninas' painter VELAZQUEZ
'No problem' THATSOK
'Rin Tin Tin' shower ABC
'Tommy Boy' co-star BODEREK
Actor Priestley et al. JASONS
Bird: Prefix AVI
Book sizes OCTAVOS
Bread and drink RYES
Budget subj. ECON
California artist's colony CARMEL
Celeb often seen in supermarket tabs JFKJR
Census data AGES
Chang, alternatively YANGTZE
Circus follower MAXIMUS
City NW of Mascara ORAN
Con artist FLEECER
Confessed AVOWED
Cut loose REVEL
Discontinued SURCEASED
Drive-in diner supplies TRAYS
Electric horns KLAXONS
Elegant garden feature GAZEBO
Enduring ETERNAL
Frosted RIMY
Full of lively gossip ABUZZ
Game aim WIN
Go one way or the other OPT
Has a green light MAY
How some are left FORDEAD
How some business deals are made OVERLUNCH
Kenyan president beginning 1978 MOI
Kicks FUN
Kid's present, perhaps TENSPEED
Kings and queens, e.g. PIECES
Long time follower NOSEE
Menu words ALA
Mlle. across the Pyrenees SRTA
Mozart subject FIGARO
Neuron part AXON
O.E.D. ender ZED
Overwhelms STUNS
Pardon REMIT
Patron saint of France DENIS
Picnicked ATE
Porridge ingredient PEASE
Prepared the punch? MADEAFIST
Prince Philip's birthplace GREECE
Pulitzer dramatist Akins ZOE
Put to rest ALLAY
Re sight OPTICAL
Rough ___ RIDERS
Simple sugar HEXOSE
Son of Noah JAPHETH
Sovereignty, in Sussex SCEPTRE
Spanish crowd? TRES
Sportscaster Cross IRV
Struggle AGONIZE
Tennis maximum ONEBOUNCE
Tennis's Lacoste RENE
Thomas Moore's homeland ERIN
Ticked states IRES
To such an extent INSOFAR
TV's George Jefferson, e.g. BIGOT
View from Syracuse IONIANSEA
Warsaw Pact member, initially GDR
___ pura AQUA
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