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New York Times, Friday, October 17, 2008

About whom Churchill purportedly said "A modest man who has much to be modest about"

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 54, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQUVXZ} Average word length: 6.93 This is puzzle # 114 for Mr. Berry.
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© 2008, The New York Times10/17/08 ( No. 21,528 )
Across
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What boosters boost : MORALE
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Coffin nail : GASPER
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Oil-rich peninsula : ARABIA
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Ready to go, you might say : TESTATE
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Ancient Romans : LATINS
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Sherlock Holmes story not by Conan Doyle, e.g. : PASTICHE
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About whom Churchill purportedly said "A modest man who has much to be modest about" : ATTLEE
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Took the offensive : ATTACKED
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Of the north wind : BOREAL
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In the buff : STARKERS
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Curaçao flavoring : ORANGE
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Joust participants : TILTERS
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They offer rates for automobiles : SPEEDOMETERS
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Things that talk in sch.? : PAS
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Isn't strict enough, say : SPARESTHEROD
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Bitingly sarcastic : MORDANT
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Splits with one's beloved : ELOPES
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Skin soother : CALAMINE
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Attend to, as a loose shoe : RELACE
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Veteran : OLDTIMER
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Plant family that includes the hibiscus : MALLOW
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Special announcer : WAITRESS
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Not behind the defenders : ONSIDE
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Topmost optic in a microscope : EYELENS
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Nickname for a cheater in the Oklahoma land rush of 1889 : SOONER
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Most valuable, possibly : RAREST
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James in many westerns : ARNESS
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Equatorial Guinea's capital : MALABO
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Delivery professionals? : ORATORS
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It deserves to be condemned : RATTRAP
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Town that Wild Bill Hickok was marshal of : ABILENE
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Pedigree : LINEAGE
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Like paintings in progress : EASELED
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Integration that exceeds the sum of its parts : GESTALT
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Semitic fertility goddess : ASTARTE
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Price holder : STICKER
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Winner over the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI : PACKERS
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Organic compounds used as solvents : ETHERS
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Swamp flora : REEDS
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Showing the most wear and tear : TATTIEST
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People of much experience : PASTMASTERS
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Candor : OPENNESS
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Servant in a cause : SOLDIER
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Meaningless talk : PRATTLE
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Thinks the world of : ADMIRES
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Closet hangings : RAIMENT
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Los Angeles County's ___ Beach : HERMOSA
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___ of Aquitaine, Henry II's wife : ELEANOR
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Passes, as time : ROLLSON
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Milky and iridescent : OPALINE
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Uses a key, perhaps : DECODES
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Singapore lies just off its tip : MALAYA
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Offbeat Parisian tourist sites : SEWERS
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Behave cravenly : COWER

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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