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HALLOWEEN PLAY

New York Times, Sunday, October 30, 2005

Author:
Maxwell H. D. Johnson Jr.
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 76 Missing: {QXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Johnson. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2005, The New York TimesNo. 1030 ( 20,445 )
Across
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Act high-handedly? : SALUTE
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Kind of film : CULT
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Having gone through a flood, say : SODDEN
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Opposite of away : PRESENT
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Boxers alternative : BRIEFS
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Neaten (up) : SPRUCE
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Sudden shock? : INTENSIVESCARE
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Precise : SPOTON
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Abstain : NOTDO
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1910's film star known as The Vamp : BARA
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Interdicts : BANS
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Père's frère : ONCLE
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Farmer's prayer : RAIN
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"Batman" fight scene word : KAPOW
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Book after Ezra: Abbr. : NEH
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Durango domicile : CASA
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Halloween expense? : MASKINGPRICE
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French concern: Abbr. : CIE
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Recreating : ATPLAY
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Beethoven dedicatee : ELISE
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Curious one : PANDORA
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Creepy neighborhood? : CHILLSTREET
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Bobbing for apples, e.g. : BENTOVER
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Watchmaker's sci. : HOROL
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Weight lifters' units : REPS
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Not only that : PLUS
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Laughing matter : JEST
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Indecipherable : ESOTERIC
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Onetime home of Kit Carson : TAOS
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Knows about : ISONTO
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Apparition on a "Concentration" board? : GAMESHOWGHOST
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Philatelic design on an envelope : CACHET
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Bats : ISUP
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Shouted encouragement : HURRAHED
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Tuning note instrument : OBOE
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Iris holder : UVEA
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College QB, maybe : BMOC
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1998 BP purchase : AMOCO
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Prop for Quasimodo : BELLROPE
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Study of ghouls and goblins? : FRIGHTFIELD
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Grandmotherly type : OLDDEAR
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Angler with pots : EELER
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Provocation, metaphorically : REDRAG
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___ Halles, old Parisian market : LES
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Tuneup for a Halloween conveyance? : BROOMSERVICE
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Spanish direction : ESTE
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Alphabetic trio : CDE
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Grab ___ : ABITE
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Puts : LAYS
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Sponge mushroom : MOREL
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Italian painter Guido : RENI
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Poker declaration : IMIN
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Architectural projections : APSES
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Singer of the aria "Dio! mi potevi scagliar" : OTELLO
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Periodic Halloween sight? : SEVENYEARWITCH
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Ahab, for one : WHALER
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Computer letters : EMAILS
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Long green : LETTUCE
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Bedouins and Tuaregs : NOMADS
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Future atty.'s hurdle : LSAT
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Made a haunted house sound : MOANED
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Public relations effort : SPIN
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River of Tuscany : ARNO
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Riga native : LETT
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Not mint : USED
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114-Across, e.g. : TENOR
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Recent U.S.N.A. grad : ENS
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Good buddy : CBER
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Astronomical bear : URSA
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M.D.'s requirement : LIC
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Brewers' needs : TEABAGS
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Worrying sound to a balloonist : SSS
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Other side : OPPONENT
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Military reconnaissance tool : DRONE
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Group of cacklers in wooden shoes? : DUTCHCOVEN
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Biol. branch : ECOL
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Protected state bird : NENE
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It's found above the ankle : TIBIA
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Cold drink : FRAPPE
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What to call the barber of Seville : SENOR
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Airport shuttles : VANS
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Cops : SWIPES
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Tan and others : AMYS
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Work with needles : KNIT
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Kid's Halloween candy, e.g. : CACHE
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One of a French trio : ATHOS
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Vice president before Gerald : SPIRO
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Give out : ALLOT
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Maintain : KEEP
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Parts of la Polynésie : ILES
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Receptacle for some Halloween contributions : CAN
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"___ my case" : IREST
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Have an ___ the ground : EARTO
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Maintain : ALLEGE
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Martial arts place : DOJO
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Barbershop request : TRIM
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Not kick off : RECEIVE
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Land-clearing device : BUSHHOG
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Nail site : PAW
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Explorer's need : LOG
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Snitch : RAT
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Best : TOP
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Neighbor of Jor. : ISR
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Attack by plane, in a way : STRAFE
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Jacksonville-to-Daytona Beach dir. : SSE
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Mao's successor as Chinese Communist leader : HUA
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Response to a bad pun : OUCH
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Cousin of Fortran : COBOL
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White poplar : ABELE
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Terrifying cry? : COLDSCREAM
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Didn't break : HELD
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Potassium ___ : AMIDE
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Workers in rows : HOERS
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Fanfare : ECLAT
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Caravan, e.g. : DODGE
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Hubbub : UPROAR
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___ Rabbit : BRER
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Versatile nuke : MIRV
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Didn't take it any longer : REBELLED
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Flat-ended instrument : OAR
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Run for it : FLEE
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Two topper : TREY
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"But I'm still white, sometimes I just hate life / Somethin' ain't right …" singer : EMINEM
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Like early dawns and late sunsets : ESTIVAL
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Packing way too much : OBESE
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Tennis's Nastase : ILIE
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Lock site : CANAL
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Street of mystery : DELLA
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Handled : SAWTO
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Cut : MOWN
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First-century Roman emperor : OTHO
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"To Live and Die ___" : INLA
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Popular game set on an island : MYST
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Kind of bread : PITA
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Leave open-mouthed : STUN
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Old Roman cry : ECCE
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Garden adjunct : SHED
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Stitching posts: Abbr. : ORS
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Rhein blocker : EIS
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"Stand" rock group : REM

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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