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New York Times, Tuesday, October 3, 2006

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Author:
Ed Stein
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQVX} Spans: 1 Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzles This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Stein. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2006, The New York Times10/3/06 ( No. 20,783 )
Across
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Blast maker, informally : HBOMB
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Basketball position : GUARD
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Opening word usually skipped in alphabetizing : THE
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Interstate interchange establishment : MOTEL
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Zhou ___ : ENLAI
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Squeal (on) : RAT
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Former Portuguese territory in China : MACAU
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"Hasta la vista, baby!," e.g. : SPANGLISH
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Tivoli's Villa ___ : DESTE
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___-car : RENTA
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Boar's mate : SOW
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Bad economic situation : STAGFLATION
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Gleeful laugh : CHORTLE
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Cup part : RIM
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Jibe : AGREE
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"Oh yeah? ___ who?" : SEZ
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"Get outta here!" : SHOO
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Description of 14-, 18-, 26-, 29-, 46-, 48-, 57- or 66-Across : PORTMANTEAUWORD
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Ice cream brand : EDYS
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Lad : BOY
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Grandmothers, affectionately : NANAS
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Strong and healthy : FIT
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Citrus fruit : TANGELO
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Seat-of-the-pants figure : GUESSTIMATE
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ID for the I.R.S. : SSN
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Dark : UNLIT
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"Aunt ___ Cope Book" : ERMAS
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Home movie maker : CAMCORDER
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Unfreezes : THAWS
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U.S.N. noncom : CPO
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Stop for a second : PAUSE
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Big, tough cat : LIGER
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"For what ___ worth …" : ITS
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Amphetamines, slangily : SPEED
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Belgian city in W.W. I fighting : YPRES
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"Well, let me think …" : HMM
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Wrapper that's hard to remove? : BOA
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Like some stocks, briefly : OTC
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Honeyed drink : MEAD
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Prairie grass used for forage : BLUESTEM
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Res ___ (deeds) : GESTAE
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Release to float, as a currency price : UNPEG
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Pie ___ mode : ALA
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Did a marathon : RAN
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Two-letter combination : DIGRAM
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Singer Lopez : TRINI
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Must : HASTO
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Actor Hawke : ETHAN
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Tennis official's call : LET
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The Cardinals, on a scoreboard : STL
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Outdoor scene in a painting : SCAPE
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George Burns film : OHGOD
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Fret : WORRY
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Gratis : FREE
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Oscar winner Minnelli : LIZA
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Soaks, as flax : RETS
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Place to wallow in mud : STY
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Loot : SWAG
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Sharpens, as a knife : HONES
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Tests for Ph.D. candidates : ORALS
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Takes way too much, briefly : ODSON
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Somewhat : ABIT
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Answer to the Little Red Hen : NOTI
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Sloppily : UNNEATLY
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Lens settings : FSTOPS
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Blackened : TARRED
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Place to enter a PIN : ATM
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Haute couture name : GUCCI
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Not suitable : UNAPT
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St. ___ fire : ELMOS
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[Not my mistake] : SIC
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Reagan cabinet member Edwin : MEESE
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She, at sea : SHIP
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Popular music category : RAP
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Owed : DUE
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Cabinet post: Abbr. : AGR
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"___ Willie Winkie" : WEE
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H.S. prom attendees : SRS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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