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New York Times, Thursday, January 17, 2008

Author:
Matt Ginsberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Matt Ginsberg

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JWX} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Ginsberg. NYT links: Across Lite
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Across
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Learns : ABSORBS
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1958 sci-fi classic starring Steve McQueen : THEBLOB
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Jose Cuervo, for one : TEQUILA
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--- : SUNRISE
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Director Ivan : REITMAN
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Most monstrous : UGLIEST
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Taylor, Wilson or Harding : ANN
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Rear-___ : ENDER
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Book in the Book of Mormon : ENOS
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"That's all I ___" : ASK
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Rice dish : PILAF
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Place for a houseplant : SILL
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Column of boxes on a questionnaire : YESES
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Defendants, legally : REI
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Prize : TREASURE
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--- : ISLAND
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Supporters of the arts : PATRONS
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Plague : SCOURGE
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Brute : ANIMAL
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--- : CRACKERS
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Altoids holder : TIN
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Saint of dancers : VITUS
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Once, in old times : ERST
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Letters before gimels : BETHS
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"The Guiding Light" airer : CBS
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Very : OHSO
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Jazz's Peterson : OSCAR
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It may be said while crossing the fingers : FIB
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1984 film with the tagline "It's 4 a.m., do you know where your car is?" : REPOMAN
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A deadly sin : AVARICE
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Of tremendous fervor : BLAZING
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--- : SADDLES
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Holiday meals : SPREADS
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Bun toppers : SESAMES
Down
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Pivoting razor : ATRA
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Existed : BEEN
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1/64 of a checkerboard, maybe: Abbr. : SQIN
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So last year : OUT
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Country singer with the 1997 triple platinum hit "How Do I Live" : RIMES
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Fill in the ___ (a hint to this puzzle's theme) : BLANK
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Ocean liner? : SAND
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"Oy, vey!" cause : TSURIS
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Show of affection : HUG
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Film developing order: Abbr. : ENL
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Give a rundown : BRIEF
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It may be on a property : LIEN
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Bone: It. : OSSO
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Red and black, perhaps : BETS
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Flexible blade : EPEE
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Startle : ALARM
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Classic camera : LEICA
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Org. : ASSOC
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Parade honoree, briefly : STPAT
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Tabriz native : IRANI
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Admit : LETIN
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'04, '08 and others : YRS
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Not so well done : RARER
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Hwy. planners : ENGRS
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Explanatory phrase : IDEST
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Dry white : SOAVE
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Dark : UNLIT
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St. ___ (common hospital name) : LUKES
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Class of '08 in '08, e.g. : SRS
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Ornery sort : CUSS
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Risqué beachwear : THONGS
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Sauce : BOOZE
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Venae ___ (major blood vessels) : CAVAE
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Some fasteners : BRADS
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The sun, moon and stars : ORBS
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Toolbar heading : HELP
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Boom : SPAR
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Famous Mama : CASS
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What each completed pair of theme answers in this puzzle is : FILM
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Frozen drink brand : ICEE
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Former first lady : BESS
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"O patria ___" ("Aida" aria) : MIA
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"So ...?" : AND
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Dietary std. : RDA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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