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New York Times, Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Classic computer game set on a seemingly deserted island

Author:
Alan Arbesfeld
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alan Arbesfeld

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 77 for Mr. Arbesfeld.
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© 2007, The New York Times12/18/07 ( No. 21,224 )
Across
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Comment not to be taken seriously : JEST
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___ Marley's ghost in "A Christmas Carol" : JACOB
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Con game : SCAM
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Unwanted spots : ACNE
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Band together : UNITE
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Poi source : TARO
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Response to a knock : WHOCANITBE
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29,035 ft., for Mt. Everest : ELEV
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Have a bawl : SOB
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Designer label letters : DKNY
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Heap kudos on : PRAISE
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"For instance ..." : SAY
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Empathize with : FEELFOR
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The important thing : WHATMATTERS
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A Chaplin : OONA
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Sluggers' stats : RBIS
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Lhasa ___ (Tibetan dogs) : APSOS
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Doctor's query : WHEREDOESITHURT
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Scattered about : SOWED
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Entre ___ : NOUS
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Metropolitan ___ : AREA
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"Never!" : WHENPIGSFLY
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Some apartments : STUDIOS
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Uno + due : TRE
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Apartment window sign : TORENT
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Kudrow of "Friends" : LISA
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Mediterranean fruit : FIG
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Both: Prefix : AMBI
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Discounter's pitch : WHYPAYMORE
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Computer with an iSight camera : IMAC
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Have an ___ mystery : AIROF
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Plow pullers : OXEN
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Unit of force : DYNE
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Teammate of Snider and Hodges : REESE
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Classic computer game set on a seemingly deserted island : MYST
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1975 Spielberg thriller : JAWS
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Eerie cave effect : ECHO
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One not associating with the likes of you? : SNOB
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Private eye, for short : TEC
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Place to find auto parts : JUNKYARD
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Have ___ with : ANIN
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Half of an E.P.A. mileage rating : CITY
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Pony players' locale, in brief : OTB
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Paging device : BEEPER
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Incredible bargain : STEAL
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Where the San Andreas Fault is: Abbr. : CALIF
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"Ain't!" retort : ARESO
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Shaker's partner : MOVER
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Genesis patriarch : ADAM
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Convened again : RESAT
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"Can you believe this?" look : STARE
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Come clean : FESSUP
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Knocks the socks off : WOWS
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Alternative to a Twinkie : HOHO
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From the top : ANEW
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Steakhouse selections : TBONES
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Attach, in a way : TIEON
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Terrible twos, e.g. : PHASE
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Browse, as the Web : SURF
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Sportscaster Hershiser : OREL
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Hang around : STAY
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Dickens's Drood : EDWIN
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"Can I come out now?" : ISITSAFE
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Armed conflict : HOTWAR
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Battleship shade : GRAY
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Sober : STAID
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Rock opera with the song "Pinball Wizard" : TOMMY
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Densely packed, in a way : URBAN
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Pour salt on, perhaps : DEICE
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Apollo's instrument : LYRE
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N.Y.S.E. debuts : IPOS
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Full of guile : FOXY
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Tees off : IRES
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Fellow : GENT
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Step on it : HIE
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Soccer ___ : MOM

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

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