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New York Times Sep 30 1997

'Pardon me' AHEM
'Yeah, sure!' IBET
'You ___ Beautiful' (1975 Joe Cocker hit) ARESO
A very good pair ACES
Adam's mate EVE
Aussie buddy MATE
Bake, as eggs SHIRR
Bargain with the prosecutor COPAPLEA
Blind followers SHEEP
Campaigner, for short POL
Caught sight of SEEN
Cherished DEAR
Chrissie of tennis EVERT
Close SHUT
Comedy brothers of 60's-70's TV SMOTHERS
Dagger handle HAFT
Dairy-case choice SKIM
Double-reed instrument OBOE
Draft org. SSS
Egyptian cross ANKH
Fifth wheel SPARE
Flying-related AERO
Follower of Mary LAMB
Hacienda room SALA
Hard to comprehend DEEP
Hot springs SPA
Import duty TARIFF
In shreds TORNUP
In ___ (intrinsically) ITSELF
It's a free country USA
It's usually served with lobster BIB
Item on a cowboy boot SPUR
Jai ___ ALAI
Jurisprudence LAW
Lima's land PERU
Luke Skywalker's father DARTHVADER
Member of a notorious biker gang HELLSANGEL.
Mined metal ORE
Moolah GELT
Not at home OUT
Not feeling NUMB
Not rejecting out of hand OPENTO
Nuts or crackers LOCO
Old yet new again RETRO
Pack again, as groceries REBAG
Prez's stand-in VEEP
Proceeds GOES
Real howler RIOT
Resort town near Santa Barbara OJAI
Return to base before proceeding TAGUP
Russia's ___ Mountains URAL
Satirist Mort SAHL
Seagoer's woe MALDEMER
Set in 'Die Fledermaus' JAIL
Ship's spine KEEL
Shoptalk ARGOT
Signals at Sotheby's NODS
Skater's maneuver AXEL
Slightly bounce JIGGLE
Slightly open AJAR
Sneaky thief CATBURGLAR
Spanish general Duke of ___ ALBA
Speechmaker's opening JOKE
The daddy of decafs SANKA
Theme of this puzzle MENINBLACK
Toasty WARM
Tommy Lee of 55-Across JONES
Tourist mecca near Mexico City TAXCO
U.F.O. crew ETS
Went congering EELED
Will of 55-Across SMITH
Window onto the ocean PORTHOLE
Work without ___ (be daring) ANET
Wound reminder SCAR
Writer Asimov ISAAC
___ Carlo MONTE
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