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New York Times, Monday, January 18, 2010

Comic book heroes originally called the Merry Mutants

Author:
Adam Cohen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJQ} This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Cohen.
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© 2010, The New York Times1/18/10 ( No. 21,986 )
Across
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Not striped, as a billiard ball : SOLID
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Apple or quince : POME
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With 18-Across, the Tour de France, for one : BIKE
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Diagonal line, on a bowling score sheet : SPARE
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Carrier to Tel Aviv : ELAL
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Applications : USES
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Extend, as a subscription : RENEW
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See 10-Across : RACE
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Profound : DEEP
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Game show catchphrase #1 : CANIBUYAVOWEL
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When a plane or train is due, for short : ETA
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Come out of a coma : WAKE
25
Buenos Aires's country: Abbr. : ARG
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Golf course pitfall : TRAP
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Medieval martial art : TAICHI
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Ford auto, briefly : MERC
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Game show catchphrase #2 : SURVEYSAYS
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Corporate raider Carl : ICAHN
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Sign before Virgo : LEO
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Neighbor of a petal : SEPAL
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Game show catchphrase #3 : COMEONDOWN
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Repetitive learning technique : ROTE
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Prisoner : INMATE
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H.S. junior's hurdle : PSAT
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Thoroughfares: Abbr. : STS
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Save, in a way, as some shows : TIVO
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However, briefly : THO
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Game show catchphrase #4 : THEPASSWORDIS
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Moccasin decoration : BEAD
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Salvador who painted "The Persistence of Memory" : DALI
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Halloweenish : EERIE
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Ricelike pasta : ORZO
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Analogous (to) : AKIN
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Les ___-Unis : ETATS
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Comic book heroes originally called the Merry Mutants : XMEN
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Identify : NAME
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Krispy Kreme offering : DONUT
Down
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Belarus or Ukraine, once: Abbr. : SSR
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Org. with many Mideast members : OPEC
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Turner who was known as the Sweater Girl : LANA
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Actress Cara : IRENE
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Early New York governor Clinton : DEWITT
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Lima's locale : PERU
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Oil of ___ : OLAY
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Noisy bird : MACAW
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Raise : ELEVATE
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Big Super Bowl advertiser, traditionally : BUDWEISER
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"So that's it!" : ISEE
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Nautical bottom : KEEL
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Clairvoyant's claim : ESP
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Taverns : BARS
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Green-lights : OKAYS
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Firenze friends : AMICI
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What a drone airplane may do, for short : RECON
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Former Texas senator Phil : GRAMM
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"___ Lang Syne" : AULD
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Before surgery : PREOP
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Cosa Nostra leaders : CAPOS
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Hilton rival : HYATT
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Man and Wight : ISLES
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Two-timed : CHEATEDON
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Things two-timers break : VOWS
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"Reward" for poor service : NOTIP
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Reno resident, e.g. : NEVADAN
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Western mil. alliance : NATO
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Kind of movie glasses : THREED
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Japanese port : OSAKA
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Shelley's "___ the West Wind" : ODETO
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Four years, for a U.S. president : TERM
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Fog or smog : HAZE
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Slight, as chances : SLIM
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Merlot, for one : WINE
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Charter member of 2-Down : IRAN
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In ___ (as originally located) : SITU
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Practice pugilism : BOX
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Superlative suffix : EST

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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