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New York Times, Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Author:
John Greenman
Editor:
Will Shortz
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John Greenman

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {GJQWXZ} This is puzzle # 64 for Mr. Greenman. NYT links: Across Lite
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Across
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Fiber-___ cable : OPTIC
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Milan's La ___ : SCALA
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Sun or moon, to bards : ORB
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"Be-Bop-___" (Gene Vincent hit) : ALULA
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Is visibly frightened : PALES
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Zilch : NIL
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They're hard to believe : TALLSTORIES
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Eerie sighting, for short : UFO
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PT boat crewman: Abbr. : ENS
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Adoptees from shelters : PETS
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Initial stage : ONSET
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Beach atmosphere : SEAAIR
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Have the nerve : DARE
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1939 Bette Davis drama : DARKVICTORY
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Former U.N. chief Kofi ___ : ANNAN
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Take five : REST
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Free of clutter : NEAT
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Clayey soil : LOAM
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Paycheck extra : BONUS
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Word before Charles or George : LAKE
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___ John's (Domino's competitor) : PAPA
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Years, in the Yucatán : ANOS
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Not loyal : FALSE
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Big pile of cash : HANDSOMESUM
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Top-___ (best) : TIER
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Series beginners : ALPHAS
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Garlic-crushing tool : PRESS
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Tumbled : FELL
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Bearded pres. : ABE
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CNN's Dobbs : LOU
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Figure described by the first words of 17-, 28- and 45-Across : MATINEEIDOL
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Galley need : OAR
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Bird-related : AVIAN
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Potbelly ___ : STOVE
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Old hand : PRO
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Gossipy sort : YENTA
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Vocal qualities : TONES
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Hall's partner in pop : OATES
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Make smooth : PLANE
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Arkansas River city : TULSA
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"___ bite" : ILL
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Sea fed by the Volga : CASPIAN
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Dick and Jane's dog : SPOT
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Dodgem units : CARS
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Boxer Laila : ALI
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Ann of the Shakers : LEE
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Place into cubbyholes : ASSORT
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Burden of proof : ONUS
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In widespread use : RIFE
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Bad mark on one's reputation : BLOT
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The U.S. Virgin Is., e.g. : TERR
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Source of orange-red light : NEONLAMP
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Unbreakable stones of legend : ADAMANTS
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Cause of atrophy : DISUSE
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Takes steps : ACTS
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Swedish currency : KRONOR
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Black mamba's secretion : VENOM
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Flesh-and-blood : REAL
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Chews the fat : YAKS
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Bernese peak : ALP
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Wordsmith Webster : NOAH
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California wine valley : NAPA
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___ time (course slot) : TEE
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Barracks locale : BASE
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Most jam-packed : FULLEST
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Consternation : DISMAY
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Bargain hunter's event : SALE
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Sported : HADON
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Partner of beyond : ABOVE
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Monica with nine Grand Slam tournament wins : SELES
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Alka-Seltzer-into-water sound : PLOP
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Have a hearty laugh : ROAR
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Its symbol looks like an equal sign through a C : EURO
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Autostrada auto : FIAT
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Sicilian city : ENNA
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N.Y.C.'s Park or Madison : AVE
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Pewter component : TIN
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"Who am ___ say?" : ITO

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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