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FAULT-FINDING

New York Times, Sunday, October 5, 2008

Author:
Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Byron Walden

This puzzle:

Rows: 23, Columns: 23 Words: 154, Blocks: 80 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 53 for Mr. Walden. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 1005 ( 21,516 )
Across
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Seafood dishes : PAELLAS
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___ the board : ACROSS
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Certified : ATTESTED
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Socrates or Pythagoras, e.g. : ANCIENT
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Mangle by mastication : CHEWUP
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Perfunctory : PROFORMA
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Lower part of a duet : SECONDO
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Showing concern? : CINEMA
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Hanging over many a mantel : PORTRAIT
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*Common Guernsey bull : TWENTYPOUNDNOTE
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Flower parts : PISTILS
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West Flanders site of three W.W. I battles : YPRES
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Lid attachment : LASH
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"Ally McBeal" co-star Lucy : LIU
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Composer Charles : IVES
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Ones being tested : BETAS
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*1968 firm featuring a murderous cheerleader : PRETTYPOISON
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*Urban farce : CITYPOLICE
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Studio supporter : EASEL
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Destination for Mary and Joseph : INN
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Stainless steel, for one : IRONALLOY
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___ ear : INNER
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Whopper topper : KETCHUP
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See 47-Down : EINSTEIN
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Hiccup : SNAG
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Life : VITALITY
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Hwys. : RDS
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Shore birds : ERNS
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*Where stars can be seen fluffing and folding : CELEBRITYPOKER
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Kensington kiss : SNOG
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Hair line? : PART
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Verdant stretches : LEAS
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___ Beach, Fla. : VERO
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Gallic toppers : BERETS
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*What theaters play : DIRTYPOOL
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One of Luther's 95 : THESIS
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Look lasciviously : LEER
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Skye of "Say Anything ..." : IONE
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What "matar" means on an Indian menu : PEAS
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Great Trek trekker : BOER
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*Bean, e.g. : UNIVERSITYPOST
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Russian diet? : DUMA
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Badge awarder: Abbr. : BSA
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Region including Texarkana : RICEBELT
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Mexican waterways : RIOS
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G.I.'s : USTROOPS
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Serve well : BEHOOVE
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Goes on "Wheel of Fortune"? : SPINS
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Snail variety whose name means "small gray" : PETITGRIS
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Bygone P.M. with a palindromic name : UNU
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"Ville d'Avray" painter : COROT
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*Onetime regal status of Shanghai or Canton : TREATYPORT
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*Get blankets : PARTYPOOPERS
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Presides over as a judge : HEARS
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Pizzeria chain, familiarly : UNOS
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"Is that ___?" : ANO
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Apple cores?: Abbr. : CPUS
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Pulitzer-winning journalist Seymour : HERSH
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"Swept Away" director Guy : RITCHIE
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*Novice in an ad campaign : PUBLICITYPOSTER
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Home of the Cadillac Ranch : AMARILLO
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Word with aunt or voyage : MAIDEN
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"Heavens to Betsy!" : MERCYME
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Computer information path : DATAFLOW
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"Rama Lama Ding Dong" singers, with "the" : EDSELS
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Broke out : ESCAPED
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Thomas Gray and others : ELEGISTS
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Drug company once headed by Donald Rumsfeld : SEARLE
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Fixed motor parts : STATORS
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"___ homo" : ECCE
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Columbia athlete : LION
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Mardi Gras follower : LENT
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Roy Rogers sidekick Devine : ANDY
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"Pipe down!" : STOPYELLING
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Precision : ACCURACY
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Takeout option : CHINESE
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Tears : RENDS
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Wilson of "The Darjeeling Limited" : OWEN
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Sport for rikishi : SUMO
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German wine made from the late harvest : SPATLESE
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"Killer" program : APP
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Showcase item : TROPHY
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Some shapes in topology : TORI
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New newts : EFTS
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Ilk : SORT
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Ski runs, e.g. : TRAILS
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Designer Pucci : EMILIO
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Old car with the slogan "We are driven" : DATSUN
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Sunroof and spoilers, e.g. : OPTIONS
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Gourmand : EATER
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N.L. Central team: Abbr. : STL
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Less welcoming : ICIER
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Strongly green : VIRID
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Short jackets for boys : ETONS
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Roget offerings: Abbr. : SYNS
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Short jackets for women : BOLEROS
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*Bad drivers back them up : PENALTYPOINTS
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1 to 10, say : RANGE
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Godliness : PIETY
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Available : ONTAP
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On easy street : INCLOVER
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Kind of examiner 56-Across was : PATENT
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Like xenon : INERT
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Little foxes : KITS
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Snaps back? : HIKES
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Places to develop : UTERI
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Ones who are always starting something? : PYROS
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Chilling: Var. : SCAREY
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Apothecary container : VIAL
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Swells up : BLOATS
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Vintage autos : REOS
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Complete, as a Senate term : SERVEOUT
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Pub order : PINT
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Jacket material? : BLURB
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Start of a counting rhyme : EENIE
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Clinton's first labor secretary : REICH
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Terse order : DOIT
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Chihuahua change : PESOS
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Small birds, in British lingo : TOMTITS
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Robust : HEARTY
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Getaway locale : ISLE
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"Pass the Courvoisier" rapper : BUSTARHYMES
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Key shade : EBONY
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Juice : REVUP
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Rap sheet listing : PRIOR
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How the Great Sphinx looks : DUEEAST
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The fifth element : BORON
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Gerald's predecessor : SPIRO
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Staff members: Abbr. : ASSTS
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Forerunner of the K.G.B. : OGPU
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Absorb, in a way : SOPUP
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Takes for granted : PRESUMES
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Make ready for the dishwasher : PRERINSE
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Filch : COP
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2000 Jennifer Lopez thriller : THECELL
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Weekly with 30+ million circulation : PARADE
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___ instincts : ANIMAL
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Shift, in volleyball : ROTATE
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Monkey predator : OCELOT
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Playground quarry : HIDER
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Escarpment : CRAG
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Spinner for the Spinners : HIFI
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They're no good : ILLS
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Invited : BADE
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Alaska senator Murkowski : LISA
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Mole, e.g. : PEST
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1977 flick with the tagline "Terror just beneath the surface" : ORCA
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"Git!" : SCAT
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What each starred clue — and its answer — contains : TYPO
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Part of FEMA: Abbr. : EMER
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Cabernets, e.g. : REDS
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Little yelps : OWS

Answer summary: 22 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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