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New York Times, Friday, October 19, 2012

First battery brand to feature an indefatigable pink bunny in its ads

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 28 Missing: {FJKQVXZ} Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzlemakers This is puzzle # 169 for Mr. Berry.
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© 2012, The New York Times10/19/12 ( No. 22,991 )

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Across
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Upscale kitchen feature : ISLAND
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Talked trash? : BABBLED
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Second Punic War general : SCIPIO
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Director of the "Evil Dead" trilogy : SAMRAIMI
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One hanging around the nursery : MOBILE
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Period bookended by extinction events : TRIASSIC
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"I don't mind" : SURE
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Purple territory on some maps : SWINGSTATE
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Dash part : TACH
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Territory returned to France by the Treaty of Versailles : ALSACE
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Short run : STREAMLET
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Worldly path? : ORBIT
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Shapiro of NPR : ARI
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Soup tidbit : WONTON
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Balanced : SANE
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Predator that suffocates its prey : BOA
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Like the color gray : NEUTRAL
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"Conan" airer : TBS
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Like books in two volumes : LONG
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Doesn't tread lightly : STOMPS
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Rested : SAT
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Old English spa town : EPSOM
44
Tom Jones hit written by Paul Anka : SHESALADY
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More verdant : LUSHER
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High tea goody : TART
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Former attorney general in the Iraq Study Group : EDWINMEESE
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Patriarch who died at age 950 : NOAH
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First battery brand to feature an indefatigable pink bunny in its ads : DURACELL
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Charge : ACCUSE
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Personal letters : INITIALS
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Good Samaritan types : SAINTS
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Keeps from going too far : TETHERS
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Deals with baseball players : TRADES
Down
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Ideologies : ISMS
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Boy band? : SCOUTTROOP
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Quiet demanders : LIBRARIANS
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For one : APIECE
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Nothing at all : NIL
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Pulls off : DOES
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Some traveling performers : BARNSTORMERS
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Bygone computer brand : AMIGA
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1997 title role for Depp : BRASCO
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Turkey Day utensils : BASTERS
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Phoebe's portrayer on "Friends" : LISA
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Radiate : EMIT
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Shooter's pair : DICE
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Sharp-looking footwear : STILETTOHEELS
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They're wrinkled and cracked : WALNUTSHELLS
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"Foul Play" actress : HAWN
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Old Mercury model : SABLE
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Springfield bar : MOES
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Ponders the possibilities of : BATSAROUND
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Practically guaranteed to offend : INBADTASTE
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Irascible : TESTY
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Day breaks : NAPS
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Obstacle for an aspiring D.A. : LSAT
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He went down in the Valley of Elah : GOLIATH
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Indiana city nicknamed "Middletown, U.S.A." : MUNCIE
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Italian automaker : LANCIA
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What decrepit windshield wipers do : SMEAR
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Tighten, possibly : EDIT
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Hill with a "slip face" : DUNE
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Legal document : WRIT
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___ Room (largest room in the White House) : EAST
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Gas station name : HESS
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Elevator ___ : CAR

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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