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Sun., 2/3 Sutphin & Peterson

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magus:
THEME:   first two and last two letters in random phrases spell animal that make stuffed toys, though a MOLE does not seem appropriate
   
GOOD ONES:   
Amazingly, in a 21x21 grid, there is not one clever clue.    :(
There is one clue, however, which sadly is apt for this offering:  see 87 Down   
   
BTW:   
In addition to being most pedestrian, several entries were iffy at best:    
EDITORS as "copy cats" is not quite there; men are no longer called cats and women never were.   
Takes painkillers, say   AILS [yes, but "taking" is not "aching"]   
Stayed too long at the fair?   OVERATE [needs several question marks]   
Coffee pot remanant   DREG [what's one dreg?]   
At attention   RAPT [in a way, but rapt suggests rapture less than awareness]

Of course I'm nit-picking, but the usually excellent Doug Peterson and Bruce Sutphin did not combine in this Sunday opus for work equal to the task.     
   
RATING:  :'(   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   

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