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New York Times, Saturday, December 13, 2008

Author:
Frank Longo
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Frank Longo

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 5, (1 triple stack) This is puzzle # 88 for Mr. Longo. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 1213 ( 21,585 )
Across
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Like icing : ILLEGAL
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Alternative to Best Buy or Circuit City : COMPUSA
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What I may become : ROYALWE
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Vast : OCEANIC
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Payback factor : ACCRUEDINTEREST
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What a destroyer might destroy : TORPEDOBOAT
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Tony's portrayer on "NYPD Blue" : ESAI
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Bloomingdale's rival : NORDSTROM
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Letters used to avoid listing : ETC
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Between green and black, say : RIPE
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Desert Storm defenses : PATRIOTMISSILES
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Bathroom buzzers : ELECTRICSHAVERS
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When many people are off : NATIONALHOLIDAY
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Fort Worth's ___ Carter Museum : AMON
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Thimblerig thing : PEA
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Jack : LONGGREEN
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Really tough task : BEAR
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Pulsar, e.g. : RADIOSOURCE
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Verifiable claim : STATEMENTOFFACT
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Explosive measure : KILOTON
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Tradesman : CRAFTER
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"No thanks" : ILLPASS
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Killer of Greedo in a sci-fi film : HANSOLO
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Close to erupting : IRATE
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Crackpots : LOCOS
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Biker's wear : LYCRA
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Shrill : EARPIERCING
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Something to bond with : GLUE
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Floored : AWED
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Baited : LEDON
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Musician Oberst or playwright McPherson : CONOR
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The planets, e.g. : OCTAD
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Makeup of some team schedules : MEETS
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Thing to shoot for : PAR
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"___ Grosse Légume" (Orson Welles novel) : UNE
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Certain twin : SIS
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Production part : ACT
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Nigerian native : IBO
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Many quiz show fans : TRIVIABUFFS
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Very upset : RILED
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Work with choruses : OPERA
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Tough to sort out : MESSY
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Tenor Schipa : TITO
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Hokey jokes : CORN
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Like correctional facilities : PENAL
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___ Bowl : ALAMO
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Sitting Bull's tongue : TETON
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Cancún kinswoman : TIA
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Year in which Middle English began, by tradition : MCL
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Book closer? : ISH
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Search for 37-Downs : SHOP
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See 36-Down : SALE
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Anna player in "Anna Karenina," 1935 : GRETA
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1990s president of the Philippines : RAMOS
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They're pristine : EDENS
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German magazine article : EIN
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Step : NOTCH
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Calliope relative : ERATO
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Gradually quickening, in mus. : ACCEL
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Fashionably nostalgic : RETRO
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Marsh bird : SORA
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Blink ___ eye : OFAN
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Boot attachment : SKI
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1961 hit song for the Angels : TIL
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Each, in scores : ALL
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Eclipse : TOP

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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