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AT THE PRESENT TIME

New York Times, Sunday, December 19, 2004

Author:
Frances Hansen (1919-2004)
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Frances Hansen

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {X} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 120 for Ms. Hansen. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2004, The New York TimesNo. 1219 ( 20,130 )
Across
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Subordinate ruler : SATRAP
7
Former rulers of Egypt : BRITISH
14
Came out of sleep, old-style : AWAKED
20
Put on the same level : EQUATE
21
Treeless plain : SAVANNA
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It may be in a torpedo : SALAMI
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Start of a verse : CUTTHEPAPERFOLDANDTIE
26
Fringe, maybe : TASSELS
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“Ici on ___ français” : PARLE
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Hon : TOOTS
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Take-home : NET
30
Was bright : SHONE
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Code cracker’s comment : AHA
34
Sentimental song : BALLAD
38
Slight manifestation : GLINT
39
Maligned : TRADUCED
44
___ Cologne (skunk of old cartoons) : ODIE
45
Climb : SHIN
46
Cast off : SHED
47
Fa followers : SOLA
48
Verse, part 2 : SENTENCEDTOTHISJOBAMI
54
Hoary : OLD
55
Zero population : NOONE
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Small goose : BRANT
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Spray displayers : VASES
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Word of possibility : MAY
59
Token taker : SLOT
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One way off a ship : PLANK
61
Vestibule : ENTRY
62
Itsy-bitsy biter : GNAT
63
Record notation : CRIME
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Paradigm of happiness : LARK
66
“___ figlia dell’amore” (Verdi quartet) : BELLA
69
Walks heavily : SLOGS
70
Festive : GALA
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Timberjack’s tool : ADZ
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Broadcasting : ONAIR
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“Dred” novelist : STOWE
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Life-or-death situation : PERIL
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Manufacturing center? : CEE
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Verse, part 3 : WONDERCOULDALEGALCHAP
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Livy’s “Lo!” : ECCE
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Henri’s high : HAUT
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Diamond complement : NINE
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Counseling, e.g. : HELP
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Ice alternative: Var. : SHERBERT
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Scooby Doo’s co-creator : HANNA
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In the habit of : USEDTO
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Big mouth, slangily : YAP
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“The Syncopated Clock” composer Anderson : LEROY
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Had something : ATE
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Lots : AHEAP
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Sicilia, e.g. : ISOLA
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Bern, Geneva and Zurich : CANTONS
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End of the verse : FINDAWAYTOBEATTHEWRAP
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Kindle : AROUSE
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Resembling a chanterelle mushroom in flavor : NUTLIKE
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Mimosa family member : ACACIA
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Right from the factory : NEWEST
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Soul : ESSENCE
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Some speech sounds : NASALS
Down
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Shakers, e.g. : SECT
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Cool shade : AQUA
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Mild reproofs : TUTS
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Loser’s cry : RATS
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She sprang from Zeus’s head : ATHENA
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Skinless : PEELED
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Grp. associated with dens : BSA
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Record store section : RAP
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Correct ending : IVE
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Big game fish : TARPON
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Recent delivery : INFANT
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Sound asleep? : SNORE
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Kind of monitor : HALL
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Hard-rock center : ASA
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Classified : WANTAD
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Gucci of fashion : ALDO
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The Green Hornet’s valet : KATO
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Discharge : EMIT
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Runs out of steam : DIES
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W. Coast setting : PST
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Sweetie pie : DEAREST
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Base coach’s urging : SLIDE
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Not say directly : HINT
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Pilgrimage to Mecca : HADJ
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Abraham’s ___ (heaven) : BOSOM
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Miss Quested of “A Passage to India” : ADELA
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Jitterbug variety : LINDY
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Court call : LET
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Capital of East Flanders : GHENT
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Get lost in a brown study : THINK
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Wachovia or Chase Manhattan, briefly : USBANK
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Ocean liner? : COAST
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Big name in bonding : ELMER
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Chain component, perhaps : DAISY
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Hotfoot it : SCOOT
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1953 film title hero : SHANE
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Catch : ENSNARE
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“Show Boat” heroine : NOLA
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“Much ___!” : OBLIGED
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Colliery carriers : TRAMS
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Covering everything : OVERALL
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Move like a puma : PROWL
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Suspended porch piece : GLIDER
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Pull : CLOUT
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Giant : LARGE
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Inter ___ : ALIA
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Pitney’s partner : BOWES
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Tennyson’s Arden : ENOCH
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Medieval charging need : LANCE
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Pub potable : STOUT
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Davis of Hollywood : GEENA
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Longed : ACHED
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Ready to be played, in a way : DEALT
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Herbert Marx, familiarly : ZEPPO
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“Tosca” villain : SCARPIA
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Roman encyclopedist : PLINY
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Cassowary’s cousin : RHEA
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Latin word on a monument : ANNO
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Subject of “The Motorcycle Diaries” : CHE
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Go around : BYPASS
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Ancient serfs : HELOTS
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Like farmland : ARABLE
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West Jordan resident : UTAHAN
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“Epistulae morales” writer : SENECA
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Big name in computer software : LOTUS
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Take steps : ACT
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Diego Velázquez’s “Lady With ___” : AFAN
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Take on : HIRE
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Ample, poetically : ENOW
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Together, in music : ADUE
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End of a New Year’s classic : SYNE
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Start of a Christmas classic : TWAS
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Ocean danger : ORCA
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Catch but good : NAIL
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Places to get steamed : SPAS
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Slick : WET
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A as in Austria : EIN
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Org. that registers boxers : AKC
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Something to drive off of : TEE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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