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SUBTLETIES

New York Times, Sunday, January 17, 2010

Author:
Cathy Allis
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Cathy Allis

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 87 for Ms. Allis. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2010, The New York TimesNo. 0117 ( 21,985 )
Across
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Blubber : SOB
4
Updates electrically : REWIRES
11
Liturgical reference : MISSAL
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Ivanhoe's lady : ROWENA
20
Spiritedly, in scores : ANIMATO
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Santiago is its patron saint : ESPANA
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Slip hider : ERASER
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Dr. Westheimer telling it like it is? : GODSHONESTRUTH
25
Grammar class exercise : PARSING
27
Chief Ouray's tribe : UTE
28
Fourth word in the "Star Wars" opening crawl : AGO
29
Angel, e.g., for short : ALER
30
Something an office worker might file : NAIL
31
All you need to brew a lot of coffee? : RIGHTURNONLY
36
Huge opponents : GOLIATHS
38
Aging vessels? : VATS
39
Whence the phrase "sour grapes" : AESOP
43
Healthful husks : BRAN
45
Educ. group : PTA
46
Kind of talk : PEP
47
Male symbol components : ARROWS
48
What you might bow your head to get : LEI
49
Result of a plumbing disaster in the apartment above? : TOILETRAINING
54
Pitcher plant victim : FLY
55
Viscera : INNARDS
57
Playmate of Piglet : ROO
58
___ Gillis of 1960s TV : DOBIE
59
Spade, e.g., for short : TEC
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Rapper's retinue : POSSE
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Father of Ariadne : MINOS
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Abbr. after many a capt.'s name : RET
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Essence : PITH
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Tome that makes a pub owner feel nostalgic? : THEBOOKOFLOSTALES
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"Hard ___!" : ALEE
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Pol Paul : RON
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Cel : FRAME
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Great trait : ASSET
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Eighth or ninth word in the "Star Wars" opening crawl : FAR
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Law school course : TORTS
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1977 Sex Pistols song ... or their first record label : EMI
81
Longtime Buick model : CENTURY
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Scottish seaport : AYR
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Where to find a best-selling CD? : ONTHEFASTRACK
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"Ghost Whisperer" skill : ESP
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Bleach brand : CLOROX
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Cabbage batch? : WAD
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Julio to julio : ANO
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Sacrament, e.g. : RITE
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Tea leaves alternative : TAROT
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Help, wrongly : ABET
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"The Office" city : SCRANTON
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Something kids might very well tune out? : THEPARENTRAP
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Orange-roofed establishment, in brief : HOJO
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Inter ___ : ALIA
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Author Deighton : LEN
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Married mujer: Abbr. : SRA
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Scoldings : EARFULS
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Advice to Tin Man costume designers? : DONTRUSTANYONE
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"Good Guys Wear Black" star, 1979 : NORRIS
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Strapped : INNEED
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Topsy-turvy : UPENDED
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Hickman who played 58-Across : DWAYNE
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Subject of a Scottish mystery, informally : NESSIE
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Good outcome : SUCCESS
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Carpenter ___ : ANT
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Recording period : SESSION
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"Anna Christie" playwright : ONEILL
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Web site for Charlotte : BARN
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Paper that dishes dirt : RAG
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"Knock it off!" : ENOUGH
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Lumber dimensions : WIDTHS
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"No more, thanks" : IMSET
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Shout at a bowl : RAH
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W.W. II command area : ETO
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Voiced, in phonetics : SONANT
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Quark/antiquark particle : MESON
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Suffix with cruciverbal : IST
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Exterminator, often : SPRAYER
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Handel oratorio king : SAUL
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Starting stake : ANTE
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Bert who was a Leo, aptly : LAHR
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Name on the street : REP
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Algerian port : ORAN
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Debugger's mission? : WARAGAINSTERROR
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Stars can have big ones : EGOS
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Free : GRATIS
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Romance lang. : ITAL
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Eye layer : UVEA
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Galloping : RAPID
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Living ___ : LARGE
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Touch, e.g. : IPOD
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Damage to a paperback edition? : SOFTISSUEINJURY
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Nocturnal fledgling : OWLET
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College course, briefly : PSYCH
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Radar image : BLIP
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City near old silver mines : RENO
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Scan for slips : PROOFREAD
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"West Side Story" girl : ANITA
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___ of Souls, Na'vi temple in "Avatar" : TREE
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Composer Satie : ERIK
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Like a ___ bricks : TONOF
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Language from which "sky" and "egg" are derived : NORSE
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Skeptical rejoinder : IBET
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Arthur with a racket : ASHE
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Shevat or Sivan : MONTH
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Poetry contests : SLAMS
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Exterminator's target : PEST
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___ Zoo : BRONX
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___ cloud (solar system outlier) : OORT
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Cross out : OMIT
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Opposite of stout : LANK
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"Is that ___?" : AFACT
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Eric Clapton love song : LAYLA
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Once, formerly : ERST
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Variety : TYPE
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Its crown is in your head : TOOTH
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Waste line : SEWER
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Cocktail party serving : CANAPE
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College course, briefly : ECON
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Karma : FATE
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___ avis : RARA
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Pivots : ROTATES
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Attic scurrier : ROOFRAT
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Galoots : APES
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Ethnic group including Zulus : BANTUS
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Walked boldly : STRODE
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Port sights : CRANES
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Nonplussed : THROWN
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Duck : ELUDE
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"This I Promise You" band, 2000 : NSYNC
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Ken of "thirtysomething" : OLIN
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Good situation for a server : ADIN
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Unattended : LONE
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Imarets, e.g. : INNS
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"___ partridge in ..." : ANDA
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V.I.-to-Trinidad dir. : SSE
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King, in Portuguese : REI
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Toon for which Hank Azaria won a 1998 Emmy : APU
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Japanese I.T. giant : NEC
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Mag. team : EDS

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle.

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