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New York Times, Monday, October 15, 2007

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

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite
Andrea Carla Michaels notes:

Originally I had:

  • CRYING WOLF 10
  • TALKING TURKEY 13
  • PLAYING POSSUM 13
  • SITTING DUCK 10

Will pointed out that SITTING DUCK was a noun, whereas the other three were an action + noun. I thought I was doomed. Couldn't just drop it, had to find a matching 10 and not sure one even existed! Plus, I was used to having just three 15s. I found four themes daunting! When I came up with EATING CROW, I could have wept with happiness.

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© 2007, The New York TimesNo. 1015 ( 21,160 )
Across
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Indifferent to pleasure or pain : STOIC
6
Close : NEAR
10
Jacket : COAT
14
Toyota rival : HONDA
15
Impulse : URGE
16
___ of office : OATH
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Taking back one's words in humiliation : EATINGCROW
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"Oh, that's what you mean" : ISEE
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Excitement : ADO
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___-de-sac : CUL
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Receiver of a legal transfer : GRANTEE
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Actress Zellweger : RENEE
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Anger : IRE
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Negotiating in a no-nonsense way : TALKINGTURKEY
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Baby kangaroos : JOEYS
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Joel who directed "Raising Arizona" : COEN
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"These ___ the times that ..." : ARE
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One-named Art Deco designer : ERTE
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Vehicles in airplane aisles : CARTS
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"Love ___ the air" : ISIN
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Big elephant feature : EAR
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Theater award : TONY
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Prayers' ends : AMENS
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Pretending to be dead : PLAYINGPOSSUM
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The "et" of et cetera : AND
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Lock of hair : TRESS
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Rip off : DEFRAUD
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Moo goo ___ pan : GAI
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Ewe's call : BAA
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Supervising : OVER
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Raising a false alarm : CRYINGWOLF
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Roman statesman ___ the Elder : CATO
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Daylight saving, e.g. : TIME
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___ Rae (Sally Field title role) : NORMA
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Didn't just guess : KNEW
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Locales of mineral waters : SPAS
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Say with one's hand on the Bible : SWEAR
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New York stadium : SHEA
2
Relative of a frog : TOAD
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Seeing through the deception of : ONTO
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Dictator Amin : IDI
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Calls off : CANCELS
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Cell centers : NUCLEI
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Misplay, e.g. : ERR
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Slack-jawed : AGOG
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Edits : REWRITES
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Neologist : COINER
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Kiln : OAST
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Suit to ___ : ATEE
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Biblical pronoun : THEE
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Sticky matter : GUNK
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Give ___ for one's money : ARUN
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Comedic actress Martha : RAYE
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Put into cipher : ENCRYPT
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Four: Prefix : TETRA
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"___ Milk?" : GOT
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Casey with a radio countdown : KASEM
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Land o' blarney : ERIN
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Achings : YENS
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Army transport : JEEP
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Spoken : ORAL
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Leads, as an orchestra : CONDUCTS
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"Hulk" director Lee : ANG
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Don with a big mouth : IMUS
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One of the Sinatras : TINA
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Hands out, as duties : ASSIGNS
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Peter of Peter, Paul & Mary : YARROW
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Unrestrained revelries : ORGIES
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Actor Penn : SEAN
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Marina fixture : DOCK
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"___ Almighty," 2007 film : EVAN
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Honor with a roast, say : FETE
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What icicles do : DRIP
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Drill : BORE
55
___ mater : ALMA
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Many miles away : AFAR
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Singer Sumac : YMA
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"Man alive!" : WOW

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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