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New York Times, Monday, January 31, 2011

Labor leader Jimmy who mysteriously disappeared

Author:
Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QVXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 25 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Andrea Carla Michaels notes:

The genesis of this was to try and have family/food names AUNTJEMIMA/UNCLEBEN but I couldn't come with more. But then I started thinking about food icons across the board...vegetables, cereal, condiments...Though it's ultimately "just a list" I thought the fact that they were all animated, colorful characters from our childhood would make up for lack of a ton of wordplay.

Sometimes I like to evoke nostalgia or stories for the solver to share. I'm a former standup comic who is part of the storytelling scene here in SF...so I love when solvers share stories that the puzzle has triggered. That's part of the whole constructing/solving experience. I like the idea of the conversation continuing after the solve...or even inspiring others to come up with a follow-up puzzle.

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© 2011, The New York Times1/31/11 ( No. 22,364 )
Across
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David's weapon against Goliath : SLING
6
Nose (out) : EDGE
10
I.R.S. experts, you hope : CPAS
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Hawaiian veranda : LANAI
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Proximate : NEAR
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Came to earth : ALIT
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Pancake syrup icon : AUNTJEMIMA
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Dalai ___ : LAMA
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E.R. V.I.P.'s : MDS
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Fail to mention : OMIT
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San Francisco footballer, for short : NINER
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Baking icon : BETTYCROCKER
26
French composer Claude : DEBUSSY
29
"Stretch" car, in brief : LIMO
30
Abbr. at the end of a list : ETAL
31
Color tones : HUES
32
___ alai : JAI
35
Frozen vegetable icon : JOLLYGREENGIANT
40
Furthermore ... : AND
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"Color me impressed!" : OOOH
42
Responds to a dog command : SITS
43
A.A. and A.A.A. : ORGS
44
Amelia ___, title heroine in children's books : BEDELIA
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Spaghetti-in-a-can icon : CHEFBOYARDEE
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Labor leader Jimmy who mysteriously disappeared : HOFFA
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Hairdo for Snooki of "Jersey Shore" : POUF
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Carrier to Oslo : SAS
56
French "her" : ELLE
57
Breakfast cereal icon : CAPNCRUNCH
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Have on, as clothes : WEAR
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Unit of cloth or lightning : BOLT
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Japanese cartoon style : ANIME
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Concordes, briefly : SSTS
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___-Ball (game with scores up to 100) : SKEE
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"Eek!" : YIPES
Down
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Grand ___ (baseball or bridge feat) : SLAM
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Heap praise on : LAUD
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Bed-and-breakfasts : INNS
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"King" Cole's first name : NAT
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Action figures with dog tags : GIJOES
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Bad blood : ENMITY
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Jupiter or Zeus : DEITY
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Pinup's leg : GAM
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___ of Good Feelings : ERA
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Tricolor cat : CALICO
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Pirates may make someone walk it : PLANK
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Old-time evangelist ___ Semple McPherson : AIMEE
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Ringo on drums : STARR
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Ones dispatched by 911 calls : EMTS
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Chinese menu assurance : NOMSG
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Bronze animal in New York's financial district : BULL
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Colonel Mustard's game : CLUE
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Nothing: Fr. : RIEN
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"It's ___ vu all over again" (Yogiism) : DEJA
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School on the Thames : ETON
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Having no need for a comb : BALD
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"Beavis and Butt-head" laugh : HEH
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Prison : JAIL
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Voting no : ANTI
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"___ long story" : ITSA
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___ Linda, Calif. (Nixon's birthplace) : YORBA
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Kind of dancer at a discotheque : GOGO
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Pink, as cheeks : ROSY
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"Ah, yes" : ISEE
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Things potential homebuyers put in : OFFERS
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"Jane Eyre" writer : BRONTE
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No Child Left Behind dept. : EDUC
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Bear part of, as costs : DEFRAY
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Scolds, with "out" : CHEWS
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Targets of golf greens : HOLES
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D sharp equivalent : EFLAT
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Beatles' record company : APPLE
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Use tiny scissors : SNIP
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Wile E. Coyote's go-to company : ACME
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"___ Gotta Have it" (Spike Lee film) : SHES
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"Survivor" network : CBS
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Thumbs-up response : AOK
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Prefix with lateral : UNI

Answer summary: 1 debuted here and reused later.

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