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New York Times, Thursday, October 24, 2002

With 38- and 56-Across, what's hidden in this puzzle

Author:
Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Merrell

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {BJQW} Spans: 1 Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzles This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Merrell.
Jim Horne notes:

Solving this puzzle reveals Patrick Merrell's sense of humor too:

"The good news is you've spotted the hidden message. The bad news is that this is all it has to say."

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© 2002, The New York Times10/24/02 ( No. 19,343 )
Across
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Tungsten, e.g. : METAL
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Hickory-smoked items : HAMS
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Ensnaring scheme : SCAM
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Goner? : EXILE
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Overseas carrier : ELAL
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Opening words on an agenda : TODO
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Dos : GALAS
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Nude dancer St. Cyr : LILI
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Extended periods : ERAS
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With 38- and 56-Across, what's hidden in this puzzle : AMESSAGEIN
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St. Peter was the first : POPE
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Islamic text : KORAN
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Stubborn, as a problem : KNOTTY
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Yap, for one, in the western Pacific : ISLAND
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O'Neal of "Love Story" : RYAN
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Unit smaller than a foot : TOE
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Varied group : OLIO
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Extra-large and others : SIZES
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Second part of what's hidden : THEFIRSTLETTERS
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Provincial one : YOKEL
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Orally convey : TELL
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Trio after Q : RST
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"Too bad" : ALAS
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Erases : UNDOES
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Diversified publishing giant : HEARST
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Tune from the past : OLDIE
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Husk : ARIL
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End of what's hidden : OFTHECLUES
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Half of it is a nickel : DIME
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Italian-American film vamp Naldi : NITA
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Dumb film brother : HARPO
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Decorated pilots : ACES
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Expectant times : EVES
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Necromancer's home, in the Bible : ENDOR
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Mariners : TARS
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Evening in Venezia : SERA
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Swillpot : SOUSE
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Super: Prefix : MEGA
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Academic challenge : EXAM
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Glazed square : TILE
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Eskimo's home : ALASKA
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Teacher's instruction : LESSON
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Hägar the Horrible's wife : HELGA
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Extraterrestrial : ALIEN
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Bamako is its capital : MALI
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American toy introduced in 1945 : SLINKY
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"Don't go so slow!" : STEPONIT
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Noted French landscapist : COROT
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Establish new habits for : ADAPT
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Walk slowly : MOSEY
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Strong liking : ARDOR
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Illustrator who lampooned Tweed : NAST
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Small word : ITTY
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Tribeca is next to it : SOHO
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Hot or cold soup ingredient : LEEK
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Air maneuver : ROLL
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Transports in W.W. II: Abbr. : LSTS
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Tail on social or graph : ITE
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Horrible grade on a test : ZERO
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Irish relative : ERSE
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Speedy fliers : SSTS
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Intrepid : FEARLESS
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Societal woes : ILLS
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Avoid : ELUDE
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Lives as a penitent : ATONES
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Little markets : NICHES
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It's the "D" in a presidential monogram : DELANO
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Took on vigorously : HADAT
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Heath plant : ERICA
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Archer, at times : AIMER
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Sea ___ : OTTER
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Tibet's capital : LHASA
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One in ___ (20%) : FIVE
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South Asians speak it : URDU
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"Aeneid," e.g. : EPOS
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Your throat might be this from yelling : SORE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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