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New York Times, Thursday, January 15, 2004

Author:
Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shorts
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Patrick Merrell

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVX} Grid is asymmetric. Minimum word length: 2 Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzles Grid has repeated answers This is puzzle # 24 for Mr. Merrell.
Jim Horne notes:

The experience here is not quite the same as the print version so it's best to print this out and solve it on paper. Here are the errors:

  1. unsymmetrical grid
  2. two-letter answers
  3. LORE in grid twice
  4. ACROSS heading instead of DOWN
  5. PUZLE misspelled (56A)
  6. 50A clue out of order
  7. two 13D clues
  8. phony 37D clue
  9. 47D repeats answer as clue
  10. Will "Shorts"?
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© 2004, The New York TimesNo. 0115 ( 19,791 )

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Across
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Often-told truths : SAWS
5
___ facto : IPSO
9
Tricky shot : MASSE
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Racer Luyendyk : ARIE
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Gardener's purchase : LOAM
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Some saxes : ALTOS
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Lava geese : NENE
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It's passed on : LORE
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Contents of some John Cage compositions : NOISE
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Start of a question : CANYOUFINDTEN
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Adjusts : TWEAKS
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Big ___ : SUR
25
Whomps, briefly : KOS
28
Old Mideast combine: Abbr. : UAR
29
John Dean, to Nixon : AIDE
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Sure way to lose money : BADBET
34
"Gosh!" : MY
35
Ruined : SPOILT
37
A star may have one : AURA
38
Middle of the question : THINGSWRONG
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Place : LIEU
43
Discernment : SEEING
44
Common ratio : PI
46
Sample : SWATCH
50
Chamber piece? : GUN
49
Dispatched : SENT
51
Monk's title : DOM
52
Driver's aid: Abbr. : AAA
54
Track racer : GOCART
56
End of the question : WITHTHISPUZLE
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Like workhorses : SHOD
62
Arcade name : ATARI
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V.I.P.'s opposite : PEON
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It's passed on : LORE
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Compelled : HALED
66
Wading bird : IBIS
67
Ottawa-born singer/songwriter : ANKA
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Turned up : AROSE
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Cry that might be appropriate at this point in the puzzle : DONE
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Retreat : SANCTUM
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Passage between buildings : AREAWAY
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Bingo announcement : WINNER
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"Toodles!" : SEEYA
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Mirage : ILLUSION
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Magician's sound effect : POOF
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Draped dress : SARI
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Things to be read : OMENS
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Om, e.g. : MANTRA
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Cream ingredient : ALOE
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Malodorous pest : STINKBUG
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Coded message : SOS
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Language suffix often seen in crosswords : ESE
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Compass dir. often seen in crosswords : ESE
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African grazer : OKAPI
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Put words in someone's mouth? : DUB
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Anthem contraction : OER
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Platform place: Abbr. : STA
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Is hip to : DIGS
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1995 country hit "Someone ___ Star" : ELSES
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"Dagnabbit!" : DANG
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Latched : SHUT
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Affectedly dainty, in England : TWEE
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Extinct Namibian shrub genus: Var. : ANG
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Coordinated effort : TEAMWORK
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Like some seats : RINGSIDE
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First : ONTOP
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Trip producer : LSD
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W.W. II Pacific battle site, for short : IWO
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Appropriate : PURLOIN
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Blazing : INTENSE
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Cat : CAT
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Desired response to "Take my wife... please!" : HAHAHA
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Open-sided shelter : GAZEBO
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Perfume source : ATTAR
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Noted archer : CUPID
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What a germ may become : IDEA
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Good sign : HALO
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Ticks off : IRES
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Hearst kidnapping grp. : SLA
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Dear : HON

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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