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New York Times, Friday, December 19, 2008

Author:
Natan Last
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Natan Last

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QW} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Last. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 1219 ( 21,591 )
Across
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Ding-dong : BIRDBRAIN
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Remarkably, in commercialese : XTRA
14
Exuberant cry from Pinocchio : IMAREALBOY
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React angrily : ROAR
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Hit video game series launched in 2005 : GUITARHERO
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Minor area? : ASIA
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Option for seeing the sites quickly, for short : DSL
20
Hammering away at : REITERATING
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Basher ___, one of the eleven in "Ocean's Eleven" : TARR
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Networks, e.g. : AIRERS
24
Third book of the Book of Mormon : JACOB
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Like a baby's bottom, often : TALCED
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In a state of entanglement : AFOUL
30
Annual honoree: Abbr. : MLK
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Precursor to 41-Across : MONO
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It's often hard to maintain under pressure : GRACE
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Blooming period : MAY
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"Da Ali G Show" persona : BORAT
38
Longtime Delaware senator William : ROTH
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Unpopular singer : RAT
40
Parry : AVERT
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Successor of 31-Across : STEREO
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Club with a big ball : DISCO
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Alternative bookstore section : OCCULT
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Lead, for one : ROLE
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Russian's neighbor : AZERBAIJANI
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Lummox : APE
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Showed respect, in a way : ROSE
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Flood : INUNDATION
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Table center piece? : ANTE
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Wind instrument Down Under : DIDGERIDOO
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Bop : BEAN
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Reacts to a big buffet : SEESSTARS
Down
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Cowboy's home, informally : BIGD
2
ABC Radio host : IMUS
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Alternative to air : RAIL
4
Sullivan Travis, in a 2000 film title : DRT
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Not too awful : BEARABLE
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More enticing to a philatelist, say : RARER
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Wynton Marsalis's first trumpet was a gift from him : ALHIRT
8
Response of disbelief : IBET
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Response to a disbeliever : NOREALLY
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Work with raw material? : XRATEDMOVIE
11
Quaint note opener : TOSIR
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They may pound the pavement : RAINS
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"She's ___ doll" (4 Seasons lyric) : ARAG
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Of whom Hamlet said "He hath borne me on his back a thousand times" : YORICK
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Be altered? : ARE
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Common A.T.M. feature : TOUCHSCREEN
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Five-time N.H.L. scoring leader of the 1990s-'00s : JAGR
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Its locks are tight : AFRO
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Snow on the ground, say : COAT
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"___ should keep himself to himself": "Treasure Island" : AMATE
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They may hold the lead : ORES
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One looking for a deal? : NARC
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Nobel-winning physicist Stern : OTTO
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Some people like them dirty : MARTINIS
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Those who aren't super dupers? : BADLIARS
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Put down anew : RELAID
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Hot ___ : TUB
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Like goldfish : ORANGE
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Gas with a penetrating odor : OZONE
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Sports basket : CESTA
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Waves on l'océan : ONDES
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Desert mount : ARAB
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Law with many parts : JUDE
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Musical that opens with "Every Story Is a Love Story" : AIDA
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Description of 15-Down : POOR
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Fourth book of the Book of Mormon : ENOS
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Start of an exchange : TIT

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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