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New York Times, Thursday, December 17, 2009

Author:
Francis Heaney and Patrick Blindauer
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Francis Heaney
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Patrick Blindauer

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQXZ} Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzles Grid has repeated answers This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Heaney. This is puzzle # 34 for Mr. Blindauer. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

Animals march to NOAH'S ARK in pairs.

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© 2009, The New York TimesNo. 1217 ( 21,954 )
Across
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Gulf competitor : ESSO
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"What Do You Do With ___ in English?" ("Avenue Q" song) : ABA
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Preserved, in a way : DRIED
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Vat waste : LEES
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Hipster : CAT
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A Previn : SOONYI
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Canaanite deity : BAAL
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Tractor make, briefly : CAT
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More sumptuously furnished : POSHER
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No holds barred : ALLOUT
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Craft that's the subject of this puzzle : NOAHSARK
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Subject of "Hofmann's Potion" : LSD
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Finish behind : TRAIL
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___ Americano : CAFFE
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Customarily : OFTEN
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Physical sound : AHH
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United hub : OHARE
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___ Haskins, 1960s-'70s N.B.A. player : CLEM
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"___, sing America": Langston Hughes : ITOO
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Spicy sauce : MOLE
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PX, e.g. : STORE
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Line to Penn Sta. : LIRR
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Marilyn's mark : MOLE
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Kind of board : COOP
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It may get food away from a canine : FLOSS
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Had eggs, e.g. : ATE
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Mercury and Gemini astronaut, informally : GORDO
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Forename meaning "born again" : RENEE
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Old-fashioned "Sweet!" : NEATO
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Group of pin-heads?: Abbr. : PBA
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How the passengers went in 21-Across : TWOBYTWO
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Brute : ANIMAL
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Paris's Rue de ___ : RIVOLI
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Frank : DOG
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National frozen dessert chain : TCBY
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Penguin from Antarctica : ADELIE
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Follow relentlessly : DOG
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Viking foe? : LION
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Excellence : MERIT
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Withdrawn : SHY
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Louis VIII nickname, with "the" : LION
Down
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Hundred Days campaign planning site : ELBA
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It makes an impression : SEAL
3
Navy commando : SEAL
4
___ City Hall, Nobel ceremony locale : OSLO
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Sales off. folders : ACCTS
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Sound made while being fleeced? : BAA
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Envelope abbr. : ATTN
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James of "Star Trek" : DOOHAN
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Allen and ___, old comedy duo : ROSSI
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It fills a chest : INHALATION
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Loupe user, say : EYER
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Dagger : DIRK
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"Puh-leeze!" : SPAREME
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Title role for a 1997 Oscar nominee : ULEE
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Sweet frozen treat : OTTERPOP
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"Billy Bathgate" novelist, 1989 : DOCTOROW
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"New York, New York" has one : COMMA
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"What ___!" ("So funny!") : AHOOT
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Toppled : FALLENOVER
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Available : FREE
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Reason for 21-Across : FLOOD
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Basketball shooting game : HORSE
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Gymnast's equipment : HORSE
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"Winnie ___ Pu" : ILLE
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Certain terrier : SCOTTIE
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Memorable 1996 hurricane : FRAN
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Works stocked by a bookstore with a rainbow flag : GAYLIT
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Locale in a Carlo Levi best seller : EBOLI
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Loose : BAGGY
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Vehicle that makes pit stops? : TRAM
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Like some loads : WIDE
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2:1, e.g. : ODDS
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"___ be all right" : ITLL
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Early 12th-century year : MCII
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"Peek-___!" : ABOO
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"For Better or for Worse" cartoonist Johnston : LYNN
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"That's gotta hurt!" : OOH

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

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