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A SHINING MOMENT

New York Times, Sunday, November 28, 2010

Author:
Jeremy Newton
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeremy Newton

This puzzle:

Rows: 23, Columns: 23 Words: 171, Blocks: 93 Missing: {QX} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Newton. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

Who says crossword construction isn't a risky business? Despite 3 Down and 5 Down and many years of a Wednesday tradition, the Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2010 was held on a Tuesday.

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© 2010, The New York TimesNo. 1128 ( 22,300 )
Across
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Passes with flying colors : GETSANA
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Home of Hells Gate State Park : IDAHO
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A lot of an orchestra : STRINGS
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Really, really want : ACHEFOR
21
Break off : SEVER
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"Are we not joking about that yet?" : TOOSOON
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Sounded sheepish? : BLEATED
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Roulette bet : ALLONRED
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How pets may fly : INCARGO
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Came to realize : SAW
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Avant-garde composer Brian : ENO
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Quick flight : LAM
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Something groundbreaking? : HOE
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N.B.A.'er Smits, a k a the Dunkin' Dutchman : RIK
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Amaze : WOW
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Shed thing : TEARDROP
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Source of some rings : ONION
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Felt in the gut : VISCERAL
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Richard Gere title role of 2000 : DRT
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Peach, e.g. : SOFTCOLOR
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Onetime "S.N.L." regular Tina : FEY
46
Snack food with a Harvest Cheddar flavor : SUNCHIPS
50
"Butter knife" of golf : ONEIRON
51
Deem : ASSESSAS
56
Austin-to-Waco dir. : NNE
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Frozen, perhaps : AFRAID
59
Escapee from a witch in a Grimm tale : GRETEL
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Swingers' grp. : PGA
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It may be put down on a roll : ABSENCE
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Up for bidding : ONAUCTION
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Strong aversion, colloquially : ALLERGY
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Kind of moment : KODAK
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10 Downing St. figures : PMS
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R.V. refuge org. : KOA
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Reflux : EBB
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Places for needles : ETUIS
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Go by : ELAPSE
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Exactly right : ONTHEBUTTON
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Mythological triad : GRACES
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Porker's place : STY
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Creatures known to lick their own eyeballs : GECKOS
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Itty-bitty : ATOMIC
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"Cómo es ___?" (Spanish "Why?") : ESO
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Nuts about : BIGON
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It guards the heart : RIBCAGE
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Kind of romance between actors : ONSET
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One of the Gandhis : RAJIV
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___ Grand : MGM
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Vegas opening? : LAS
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___ Na Na : SHA
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What might go for a dip? : NACHO
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Worked up : EMOTIONAL
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Big name in late-night : CONAN
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"Don't try any more tricks!" : IMONTOYOU
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Brooks or Blanc : MEL
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When repeated, an old sitcom farewell : NANU
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Cry of self-pride : YAYME
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Beginning : RISE
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Preceders of xis : NUS
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Stretched figures : OBLONGS
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R&B funk trio with the 1990 hit "Feels Good" : TONYTONITONE
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One using twisted humor : IRONIST
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Is worth doing : PAYS
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Trattoria topper : PESTO
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Letter-shaped support : IBEAM
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Provides service that can't be beat? : ACES
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Stave (off) : WARD
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Part of a sunbow : HUE
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Shih ___ (dog) : TZU
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Blue stuff : SMUT
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Bitter quarrels : STRIFES
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Input : ENTERED
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Beatles' last studio album : LETITBE
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Annual Manhattan event (represented symbolically in this puzzle) : THETREELIGHTINGCEREMONY
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Transmission repair franchise : AAMCO
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Footnote abbr. : LOC
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Zero : NONE
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Christmas ___ : EVE
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Leader of the Silver Bullet Band : SEGER
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Lillian of silents : GISH
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Seek damages : SUE
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Org. that infiltrated Nazi Germany : OSS
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Rx amount: Abbr. : TSP
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In thing : RAGE
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Doesn't shut up : GABS
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Razzle-dazzle : ECLAT
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With 5-Down, when 148-Across traditionally takes place : THEWEDNESDAY
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Pirate's realm : SEA
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See 3-Down : AFTERTHANKSGIVING
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Ceaselessly : NOEND
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Intense heat : ARDOR
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La Palma, e.g. : ISLA
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Canned foods giant : DELMONTE
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Cosmetics giant : AVON
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Title for Judge Judy : HERHONOR
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Cookie with creme : OREO
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Wakens : STIRS
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Picker-upper : TONIC
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Where 148-Across takes place : ROCKEFELLERCENTER
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"Yes, Virginia, there ___ Santa Claus" : ISA
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Traditional centerpiece of 148-Across : NORWAYSPRUCE
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"Diary of a Madman" author : GOGOL
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December fall : SNOW
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Dinner in a can : ALPO
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"Whip It" band : DEVO
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Discus path : ARC
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Mount in myth : OSSA
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Here, in Dijon : ICI
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"Deus ___" (1976 sci-fi novel) : IRAE
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Low-___ : RES
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Hardly a plain Jane : FONDA
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Capital of Iceland? : LONGI
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Winds : SNAKES
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Detach, in a way : UNBOLT
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Movie co. behind "Wordplay" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" : IFC
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Ready : PREP
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Blind guess : STAB
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French seasoning : SEL
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Texas A&M athletes : AGGIES
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Asserts something : SAYSSO
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Magnetic disruption in space : IONSTORM
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1960s girl group, with "the" : RONETTES
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Literary inits. : EAP
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It's picked in Maui : UKE
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Part of an ear : COB
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Torque's symbol : TAU
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Gate projection, for short : ETA
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Man in the hood? : MONK
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One-named rock star : BONO
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Stream of consciousness, for short? : EEG
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Chu ___ (legendary Confucian sage) : HSI
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What it must do : TAG
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PX patrons : GIS
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Fraudster : CONMAN
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Frenchman's term of address : MONAMI
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Shtick : BIT
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Swell : BLOAT
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Echo producer : CANYON
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"Right there with you" : ASAMI
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Chinese "way" : TAO
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Clean again, as a floor : REMOP
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Tiny creature : AMEBA
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Like St. Nick : JOLLY
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Overfills : GLUTS
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Firm newbie : HIREE
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Sarcastic sort : CYNIC
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Take in, as guests : HOUSE
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Sends packing : OUSTS
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Bingeing : ONASPREE
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Award named for a Hall-of-Fame pitcher : CYYOUNG
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Blogger, e.g. : NETIZEN
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Just below the boiling point : ONSIMMER
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Start for 148-Across? : ONSWITCH
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Not benched, as in hockey : ONTHEICE
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Not overspending : ONBUDGET
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Set to go off, say : ONATIMER
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Flops in lots : EDSELS
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Out : ASLEEP
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Extra-large top? : AFRO
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Start for -centric : ETHNO
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Essays : TRIES
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Western tribe : UTES
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Kind of party : STAG
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Cuisine with pad see ew noodles : THAI
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Signs of dreaming : REMS
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Wide-lapel jackets : ETONS
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It was wrapped around the Forum : TOGA
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Rare blood type, for short : BNEG
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Jane at Thornfield : EYRE
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Funny Costello : LOU
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Walgreens rival : CVS

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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