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New York Times, Sunday, December 15, 1996

Author:
R. Ross
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Randolph Ross

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 136, Blocks: 74 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 6, (1 triple stack) This is puzzle # 36 for Mr. Ross. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1996, The New York TimesNo. 1215 ( 17,204 )
Across
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Hosp. areas : ERS
4
Orbital extreme : APSIS
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Fed : GMAN
13
Mea ___ : CULPA
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"I reckon not" : NAH
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___ Affair (Civil War imbroglio) : TRENT
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Michener title : TEXAS
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1995 N.B.A. scoring leader : ONEAL
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Business firm, in France: Abbr. : CIE
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Page 2, usually : VERSO
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Ratify : ADOPT
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Software buyers : USERS
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Wing it : ADLIB
29
Relief pitchers : FIREMEN
31
Hardy grass : ESPARTO
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Measuring system : METRIC
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Popular sporting fish : SEABASS
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Gen. Pershing's command: Abbr. : AEF
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Spread the word? : PREACH
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Tarlatan skirt : TUTU
40
Masks : CONCEALS
45
Georgia, once: Abbr. : SSR
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Day, to Dayan : YOM
48
Campaign pro : POL
49
Sample : SIP
50
Divvy up : ALLOT
51
"Behold," to Boethius : ECCE
52
Harper's Weekly cartoonist : NAST
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Singer Harris : EMMYLOU
56
The tiniest bit : ATALL
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Slugger's stat : RBI
62
Opposite of paleo- : NEO
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Def Jam records genre : RAP
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Traffic jam : FIREENGINECARRACERRIG
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Traffic jam : TRAMROADSTERMOTORHOME
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Traffic jam : SEMIVANAUTOSEDANMOPED
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Fleur-de-___ : LIS
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Author Stanislaw : LEM
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Young socialite : DEB
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"The Flowering Peach" playwright : ODETS
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He wore a top hat in "Top Hat" : ASTAIRE
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First word of "Send in the Clowns" : ISNT
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Overdue : LATE
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Earthshaking event : SEISM
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White House inits. : RMN
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Sports governing body: Abbr. : IOC
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Author of "The Island of the Day Before" : ECO
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Vacation spot : SPA
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Even more distressing : ANDWORSE
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Optimist, of sorts : BULL
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Neptune moon : TRITON
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The dovekie is one : AUK
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Film heptad : SAMURAI
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Plan out : SCRIPT
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TV dinner name : SWANSON
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"Semiramide" composer : ROSSINI
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"Fiddler on the Roof" role : YENTA
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Day of la semaine : MARDI
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Like some traffic barriers : CONIC
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Battlefield V.I.P. : MEDIC
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Sticky stuff : TAR
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Club publication : ORGAN
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Paris cultural center : OPERA
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Be behind : TRAIL
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Poetic preposition : ERE
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Troll's cousin : GNOME
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Flagstone, e.g. : SLAB
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Davis of "Get On the Bus" : OSSIE
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Wino's woe : DTS
Down
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Prepares to spend the night : ENCAMPS
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Al Davis's men : RAIDERS
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Harbor : SHELTER
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Traffic jam : ATVBICYCLERVLIMOUSINE
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Post's opposite : PRE
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Lord's lackey : SERF
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Put one's foot down : INSIST
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Save for a rainy day : STOREUP
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Traffic jam : GTAMBULANCEOMNIBUSCAB
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Jason's wife, in myth : MEDEA
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Nerve fibers : AXONS
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Tot's time-out : NAP
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Traffic jam : COUPECAMPERMOTORCYCLE
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With risk : UNSAFELY
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Groucho expression : LEER
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Auditioner's aim : PART
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Plus : ALSO
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Sault ___ Marie : STE
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"Cybill" character : IRA
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Popular brand of stationery : EATON
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___ Jacinto Day (April 21) : SAN
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Kiss flavor: Abbr. : CHOC
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Poli ___ : SCI
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Ready to be turned on : OPERATABLE
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Best effort : ALL
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Elton's john : LOO
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Good name for a cabin attendant : STU
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Diving ducks : MERGANSERS
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Had a tantrum : STORMED
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Fragrant resin : ELEMI
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Large chain : SEARS
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City on the Ocmulgee River : MACON
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Parts of days, in the classifieds : AFTS
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Flag : TIRE
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Saroyan hero : ARAM
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___ fond farewell to : BIDA
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It can cause a shock : INSULIN
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Asphyxiation cause : NOAIR
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Diminutive endings : ETTES
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Heckled : RODE
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___ Island : RHODE
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Hitchcock title : ROPE
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"___ a man who wasn't there" : IMET
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Sheepskin alternatives, for short : GEDS
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Matter of fact introduction? : ASA
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One in it for the long term?: Abbr. : SEN
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Prescription abbr. : TID
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Construction of 1898-1902 : ASWANDAM
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Balzac's birthplace : TOURS
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Is decisive : ACTS
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Mayo, e.g. : MES
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Words before fame or after lay : CLAIMTO
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Pinched pennies : STINTED
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Toaster snack : POPTART
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Scorpio's brightest star : ANTARES
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Howard Hughes studio : RKO
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Record holders : LINERS
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Incense : IRE
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Synthetic fiber : ARNEL
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Shearer of "Peeping Tom" : MOIRA
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Kind of alert : SMOG
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Alert : WARN
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Ship to Colchis : ARGO
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Bilko, for one: Abbr. : NCO
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Castor's killer : IDAS
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Photo ___ : OPS
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Grandson, maybe : III

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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