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New York Times, Saturday, November 29, 2008

Question that may be answered "No, you're not responsible"

Author:
Barry C. Silk
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Barry C. Silk

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 28 Missing: {JKQVW} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. Silk.
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© 2008, The New York Times11/29/08 ( No. 21,571 )

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Across
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Sole deciding issue : LITMUSTEST
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The sculptures "Cloud Shepherd" and "Coquille Crystals" : ARPS
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The United States, for one : OCEANLINER
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Ready to crash : BEAT
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Angel on one's shoulder : CONSCIENCE
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Like the Empire State Building : DECO
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Construe : INTERPRET
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Net rival : SIXER
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Bush jumper, informally : ROO
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It might drip from a crack : SARCASM
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"Phew!" : MAN
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Polaroid : SNAP
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Was vagarious : ROAMED
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Elvis's "___ of Blues" : AMESS
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Comic who kills : RIOT
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Defier of Stalin : TITO
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Shooter's equipment : DICE
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Swimming : DIZZY
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Not taken by : ONTO
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Letter routing abbr. : ATTN
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Heckle : RAZZ
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20-Across in the Hall of Fame : GREER
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The devil is often depicted with one : GOATEE
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Philosopher who promoted logical positivism : AYER
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Many members of prestigious faculties: Abbr. : DRS
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Cut down : ABRIDGE
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Actor Cage, informally : NIC
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Vile : SLIMY
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What takes a pit crew down? : MINESHAFT
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Means of support : CANE
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Easy to get into : ACCESSIBLE
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Period of prayer? : AMEN
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Container at many a cookout : BEERCOOLER
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Break : REST
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Rare : SELDOMSEEN
Down
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Points : LOCI
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Elvis, e.g. : ICON
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Safari setup : TENT
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Electromagnetic wave enhancer : MASER
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Remove from the lotus position : UNCROSS
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Get into easily : SLIPON
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Arena ticket specification : TIER
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Cousin of -trix : ENNE
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Some offshoots : SECTS
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Middle of the afternoon, in Milan : TRE
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King Edward VIII, e.g. : ABDICATOR
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Like cold cases for which new evidence arises : REEXAMINED
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Leader : PACESETTER
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Added protection against winter weather : STORMDOORS
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Exceeding capacity, briefly : SRO
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Like many indie films : ARTY
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"The eighth continent," to ecologists : MADAGASCAR
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Question that may be answered "No, you're not responsible" : AMITOBLAME
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Smooth-skinned fruit : NECTARINES
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"William Tell" component : ARIA
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Kind of oven : PIZZA
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Feeling : SENTIMENT
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"The Osbournes" dad : OZZY
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Small remnant : DREG
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Second American to fly in space : GRISSOM
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Last name in ice cream : EDY
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"Oedipe" opera composer, 1936 : ENESCO
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One making introductory remarks : EMCEE
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Greek island in the Aegean : CHIOS
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Place to find fjord explorers: Abbr. : ICEL
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Square type : NERD
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Au fait : ABLE
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Cut out : FLEE
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Arctic ___ : TERN
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Trunk supporters : ABS

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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