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New York Times, Saturday, November 22, 2008

Author:
Frank Longo
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Frank Longo

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 64, Blocks: 24 Missing: {JKQWXYZ} Spans: 8, (2 triple stacks) Average word length: 6.28 Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzles Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzlemakers This is puzzle # 87 for Mr. Longo. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 1122 ( 21,564 )

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Across
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Vis-à-vis : COMPAREDAGAINST
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Age-old retaliation : ATOOTHFORATOOTH
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Having no inaccuracy whatsoever : TRUETOTHELETTER
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"___ say ..." : SADTO
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Necklace decoration : NACRE
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Alicante article : UNAS
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Crime scene evidence, often : HAIRS
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Peau de ___ (soft fabric) : SOIE
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Old TV ministry : PTL
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Automated, often malicious PC apps : BOTNETS
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Slangy suffix : OLA
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Fix things : SOLVETHEPROBLEM
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Dramatic break : INTERLUDE
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A firefighter at work may be in it : IMMEDIATEDANGER
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First suit? : CEO
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Robin Goodfellow and others : SPRITES
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"Blood hath been shed ___ now": Macbeth : ERE
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Isn't right on : ERRS
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Author Madame de ___ : STAEL
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It's a ball : PROM
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Compete for, in a way : BIDON
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___ please : AIMTO
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James Ellroy novel that Time magazine named best fiction book of 1995 : AMERICANTABLOID
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Suitable for all : GENERALAUDIENCE
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Idolizes : SETSONAPEDESTAL
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Fast-food restaurant packets : CATSUPS
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Italian port with ruins of an imposing Aragonese castle : OTRANTO
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Longtime Arizona congressman who ran for president in 1976 : MOUDALL
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People who deal with stress successfully? : POETS
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Quintillionth: Prefix : ATTO
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Pythagorean character : RHO
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Bog youngster : EFT
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Bart Simpson hears it a lot : DOH
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Be transformed? : ARE
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Miss at a barn dance : GAL
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Amenhotep IV's god : ATEN
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Shreds : IOTAS
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"That's hardly amusing" : NOTCOOL
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Not being productive : STERILE
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Time for an emergency phone call? : THREEAM
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They may break open cases : HOTTIPS
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Inside : ATHEART
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Torpor : INERTIA
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Opposite of scanty : REPLETE
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Cobbler alternative : STRUDEL
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Compromises : BENDS
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Things kept behind bars : SODAS
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Be in the running : VIE
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TV bear : BEN
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Swelling reducers : ICEBAGS
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Writer whose novella "Carmen" is the basis of Bizet's opera : MERIMEE
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Musical ornament using two quickly alternating tones : MORDENT
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"La Traviata" lover Alfredo ___ : GERMONT
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Section of some bookstores : EROTICA
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Give a face-lift : REMODEL
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Dressing targets : SORES
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A ton : PILES
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De ___ (Nolte's "Cape Fear" co-star) : NIRO
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Anne Nichols title protagonist : ABIE
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Poky : CAN
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According to : ALA
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Occasion to recharge : NAP
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Shrovetide concluder: Abbr. : TUE
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Do a summer's work? : ADD

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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