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TAKING HALF-STEPS

New York Times, Sunday, December 11, 2011

Author:
Timothy Polin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Timothy Polin

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {Q} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Polin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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FLAT
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NATURAL
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P
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FLAT
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SHARP
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SHARP
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© 2011, The New York TimesNo. 1211 ( 22,678 )
Across
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Knives, forks and spoons : FLATWARE
6
Jackson and Reno : JANETS
12
Where a plant or animal thrives : NATURALHABITAT
20
Shakespearean nobleman : TIMON
21
Wipes out : ERASES
22
Spanish conquistador who searched for the Seven Cities of Gold : CORONADO
23
Taking too much : ODING
24
Reassure that one's joking, in a way : WINKAT
25
Aesthete : ARTLOVER
26
Little shavers at school? : PENCILSHARPENERS
28
Northern sympathizer : UNIONIST
29
___ moment's notice : ONA
30
Tucker out : TIRE
31
Bone: Prefix : OSSE
32
Just recently : OFLATE
35
Maternally related : ENATE
37
Knoll : RISE
39
Like trenchant wit : RAZORSHARP
45
Paper tray size: Abbr. : LTR
46
Mercedes sedan : ECLASS
48
Potpourri : HASH
50
Burrowing rodents : VOLES
51
Home in the woods : DEN
52
Kin: Abbr. : RELS
53
Radiohead frontman Yorke : THOM
55
Cockamamie : ASININE
57
Extraordinary and unexplainable : PRETERNATURAL
59
Play sentinel : KEEPASHARPLOOKOUT
61
Fix, as a fairway : RESOD
62
"The Clan of the Cave Bear" author : AUEL
63
Southern university whose campus is a botanical garden : ELON
64
Table scraps : ORTS
65
Economic woe : HYPERINFLATION
69
Burns, e.g. : SCOT
73
Ones pictured in corp. reports : CEOS
74
Newspaper units: Abbr. : COLS
75
Body of water in a volcanic crater, for one : NATURALLAKE
76
Group that doesn't believe in revolution? : FLATEARTHSOCIETY
82
#2 or #3 : ALSORAN
84
"Get it?" : CAPEESH
85
"Lohengrin" soprano : ELSA
86
Fixed price : FLATFEE
87
Quick inning enders, for short : DPS
88
Walled city of Spain : AVILA
89
Key : ISLE
91
Modernize the plant : RETOOL
93
Trademarked marker : SHARPIE
94
Spheres : REALMS
96
___-Alt-Del : CTRL
98
Gusto : VERVE
99
Draft inits. : SSS
100
Goddess with a headdress depicting a throne : ISIS
102
Killed, as a test : ACED
104
Former transportation regulation agcy. : ICC
106
Dangers for children and klutzes : SHARPOBJECTS
111
Immigrant's opposite : NATURALBORNCITIZEN
116
1994 Schwarzenegger film : TRUELIES
117
Judge in Judges : GIDEON
118
Neighbor of a Turkmen : IRANI
119
Cactuslike plant of the Southwest : OCOTILLO
120
Doorway jamb : ALETTE
121
Remark after an awkward silence : ORNOT
122
Vocal skeptic : NAYSAYER
123
Hockey team, say : SEXTET
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Nobelist Bohr : NIELS
Down
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Aircraft carrier : FLATTOP
2
"Open ___" : WIDE
3
Cruel Ugandan : AMIN
4
Veg-O-Matic company : RONCO
5
Planned : ENGINEERED
6
Instrument played in the mouth : JEWSHARP
7
Short operatic solos : ARIETTAS
8
Kid minders : NANNIES
9
Glacial ridge : ESKER
10
Render : TEARER
11
Retired boomers : SSTS
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There's no foul play when one passes by these : NATURALCAUSES
13
Brass : HORNS
14
More pretentious : ARTIER
15
Vaquero's neckwear : BOLO
16
___ a secret : INON
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Rikki-tikki-___ : TAVI
18
Some punches : ADES
19
Slander or libel : TORT
27
Cavalry member : LANCER
31
2005 biography subtitled "The Making of a Terrorist" : OSAMA
32
Seasoned hand : OLDPRO
33
Sycophant : FLATTERER
34
Repeated film title role for Jim Varney : ERNEST
36
Organic food label : ALLNATURAL
38
Links chain : IHOP
40
Orly bird? : AVION
41
Pass (out) : ZONK
42
Potpourri : OLIO
43
Lens solution brand : RENU
44
Fixed at an acute angle : SHARPSET
47
Guide : STEER
49
Fox hunter's cry : HALLO
54
Shapes studied by Dr. Watson and his partner : HELICES
56
Frequent answer to "When?" : SOON
58
Set-___ : TOS
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Letter after pee : KUE
60
Wrinkly-faced dogs : SHARPEIS
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Lhasa ___ : APSO
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Dastardly laughs : HEHS
66
Mario's dinosaur sidekick : YOSHI
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Like some cigarettes : NOTAR
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Way to refuse : FLATLY
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Pavement caution : SLO
70
Bottom dealers, perhaps : CARDSHARPS
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Cousins of giraffes : OKAPIS
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Tightens (up) : TENSES
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Backups for backups : CTEAM
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"The Origin of Species" concept : NATURALSELECTION
76
Part of a freight train : FLATCAR
77
Something a dome lacks : EAVE
78
Samoan port : APIA
79
Former Connecticut governor Jodi : RELL
80
Welsh, e.g. : CELTS
81
Robert of "The Sopranos" : ILER
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"___ Andromeda" (British sci-fi series) : AFOR
83
10th-century pope : LEOVII
86
F major has just one : FLATTEDNOTE
90
Kind of kick : SCISSOR
92
Former surgeon general C. ___ Koop : EVERETT
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It's found near the toe of a boot : SICILY
97
Apt to change : LABILE
101
Inscribed marker : STELE
103
Ancient volume : CODEX
105
Wispy clouds : CIRRI
106
Al who sought the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination : SHARPTON
107
Water hazard? : ORCA
108
Give a lift : BUOY
109
They leave trails : JETS
110
Director Kazan : ELIA
111
Piped fuel : NATURALGAS
112
Site for techies : CNET
113
Writer Grey : ZANE
114
Organic compound : ENOL
115
Tiny criticisms : NITS

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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