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New York Times, Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Author:
Stephen Manion and Victor Fleming
Editor:
Will Shortz
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1.55023
Victor Fleming

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Manion. This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Fleming. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2006, The New York TimesNo. 1212 ( 20,853 )
Across
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Baby deliverers, for short : OBS
4
Bowie's last stand : ALAMO
9
Sledding sites : HILLS
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Grp. bargaining with G.M. : UAW
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Well-known : FAMED
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Barely ahead : ONEUP
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*Absolutely : STONECOLD
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1990's treaty acronym : NAFTA
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Hurler : THROWER
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Lean-to, e.g. : SHELTER
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E-mail, say : SEND
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Newspaper with hardly the highest journalistic standards : RAG
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Olive ___ : OYL
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Psychic's field, in brief : ESP
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Antiseptic brand : LYSOL
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Backwoods refusal : NAW
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Lock sites : CANALS
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Muck : MIRE
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Thurman of film : UMA
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Record for later : PRETAPE
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Convention pin-on : NAMETAG
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Use a sight : AIM
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Sorts : ILKS
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Froggy-throated : HOARSE
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For instance : SAY
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Dr. Watson portrayer Bruce : NIGEL
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Decryption org. : NSA
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"Yadda, yadda, yadda" : ETC
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Newsman Russert : TIM
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Land in un lago : ISLA
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San Francisco and environs : BAYAREA
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Like bodybuilders' bodies : SINEWED
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Song from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" : ERITU
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R? … or a hint to the answers of the five starred clues : BITTEREND
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Mar. honoree : STPAT
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Critic Roger : EBERT
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Storm center : EYE
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Choppers, so to speak : TEETH
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Shadings : TONES
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Road surfacing material : TAR
Down
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Gives the boot to : OUSTS
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Wash oneself : BATHE
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*Person with whom one will always fight : SWORNENEMY
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Three or four : AFEW
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Corset tightener : LACER
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Ethically indifferent : AMORAL
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Blanc who voiced Bugs Bunny : MEL
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Bettors' figures : ODDS
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*Cough drop flavor : HONEYLEMON
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As a whole : INALL
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Port side : LEFT
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Cousin of a mandolin : LUTE
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Trade punches : SPAR
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Acknowledges in passing : NODSAT
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"Yay!" : HOORAH
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Place to play hoops : GYM
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*It's no baloney : PLAINTRUTH
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Break a commandment : SIN
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*Aspartame brand : NUTRASWEET
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Amo follower : AMAS
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Minimum ___ : WAGE
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P. & L. preparers : CPAS
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63-Across, e.g. : ARIA
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Piece together, as film : SPLICE
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Heart lines: Abbr. : EKG
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Less complex : EASIER
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Get firm : SET
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Lend an ear : LISTEN
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Really bother : EATAT
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Anglican topper : MITRE
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Lotte of film : LENYA
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Abacus user : ADDER
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Primo : BEST
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Johnson of "Laugh-In" : ARTE
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"Omigod!" : YIPE
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Be a lookout for, maybe : ABET
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Brings home : NETS
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Nigerian native : IBO

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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