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HOPE FOR CLEAR SKIES

New York Times, Sunday, December 19, 2010

Author:
Kevin G. Der
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 23, Columns: 23 Words: 170, Blocks: 93 Missing: {Q} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 20 for Mr. Der. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

The graphic here is courtesy of Patrick Merrell who created it for his Wordplay post. Click it for a slightly larger view.

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© 2010, The New York TimesNo. 1219 ( 22,321 )
Across
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Not live : ONTAPE
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Author Roald : DAHL
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Shop dresser : ADZE
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How something may be veiled : THINLY
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"Ball Four" author : BOUTON
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Big name in athletic footwear : AVIA
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Rama's kingdom : SIAM
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Whence the line "I fear Greeks even when they bring gifts" : AENEID
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Feature of some pool balls : STRIPE
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A long time past : MANYMOONSAGO
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Enthrones : CROWNS
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At night : AFTERDARK
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Football's Sanders : DEION
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Long-shot candidate : DARKHORSE
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___-to : HOW
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___ Kippur : YOM
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What the focus of a 125-Across will do at its climax : TURNRED
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"___ said ..." : ASI
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Glossy black bird : DAW
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One way to stop : ONADIME
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Mil. address : APO
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Driller?: Abbr. : SGT
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Kisser : MUG
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Clone of an optical medium's contents : CDIMAGE
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Wang of fashion : VERA
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Lulus : ONERS
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Drinking and gambling : VICES
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Basic solutions : LYES
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Breach : GAP
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Dummies : PEABRAINS
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Six-time All-Star third baseman for the 1970s Dodgers : CEY
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Remove drapes from, as a room : BRIGHTEN
66
Objects of interest in a 125-Across : CELESTIALBODIES
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First female U.S. secretary of state : ALBRIGHT
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Not yet delivered : INUTERO
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How some things are made : TOORDER
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Jackie's #2 : ONASSIS
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Think probable : DARESAY
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Pliny possessive : MEA
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Beach seen from Diamond Head : WAIKIKI
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Once, in the past : ERST
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1914 Edgar Rice Burroughs novel set in an underground land : ATTHEEARTHSCORE
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Like many cakes : ICED
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"Honor is ___ scutcheon": Shak. : AMERE
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Bygone European capital : LIRA
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Subterfuge : PLOY
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Track star Owens : JESSE
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Many an avid observer of a 125-Across : AMATEURASTRONOMER
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Atlantic City locale, with "the" : TAJ
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Loser to McKinley : BRYAN
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Duff Beer vendor : MOE
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Spaceship attire : GSUIT
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Slump : SAG
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Slugger Roberto : ALOMAR
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Jackie's #1 : KENNEDY
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Proust's "___ Way" : SWANNS
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Book set? : LITERATI
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Italian lover's coo : TIAMO
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Indian royal : MAHARANI
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Deep-dish dishes : LASAGNES
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Heads outside together? : TOTEM
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Novelty glasses : XRAYSPEX
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Event on Dec. 21, 2010, viewable in North and South America, depicted visually in this puzzle : TOTALLUNARECLIPSE
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Turkish pooh-bahs : AGAS
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Flying Cloud, e.g. : REO
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Student's stat. : AVG
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Dub : NAME
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With 146-Across, what the center of this puzzle is doing during a 125-Across : CASTING
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Folds : GOESUNDER
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See 137-Across : ASHADOW
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To whom Hamlet says "Get thee to a nunnery" : OPHELIA
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There from the start : INBUILT
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It marks the target on a curling rink : TEELINE
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Munchkins : PEEWEES
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Pardner, say : COWPOKE
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Commodore's insignia : ONESTAR
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Delivery people, briefly : OBS
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Zero : NOTAONE
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Battle over domain : TURFWAR
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Haggling : ATIT
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Sailor who debuted in a 1929 comic : POPEYE
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Juan's January : ENERO
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Glen Canyon ___ : DAM
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Actress Gardner : AVA
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Dharma follower : HINDU
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Tiramisu features : LAYERS
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Catalog : ASSORT
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Steak ___ : DIANE
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Veer back : ZAG
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Comic Philips : EMO
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Aircraft gauges : TACHS
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Kind of couplet for Chaucer : HEROIC
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"___ out?" : INOR
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Paper for which Murray Kempton and Jim Dwyer won Pulitzers : NEWSDAY
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Trace of blood? : LINEAGE
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Football meas. : YDS
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Youthful prank in a car : MOONING
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Superhero played by Liam Neeson in a 1990 film : DARKMAN
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Era of ignorance : DARKAGE
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Kind of lane : HOV
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How things may be laid : TOREST
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Key of Bach's "The Art of Fugue" : DMINOR
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Director Anderson : WES
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Yankee great Joe, colloquially : DIMAG
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Amorous skunk in cartoons : PEPE
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Golden State campus inits. : UCSD
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How things may be lit or remembered : DIMLY
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Lincoln Center production : OPERA
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1974 Japanese Nobelist : SATO
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Feeling : VIBE
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Extended solo : SCENA
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Crackerjacks : ACES
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Tundra or wetland : BIOME
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Terbium or thulium : RAREEARTH
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Father-and-son actors : ALDAS
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Actor Morales : ESAI
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Promising proposal : BRIGHTIDEA
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Prepare to fight : ENARM
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"Grey's Anatomy" extra : NURSE
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One of the Islamic virtues : LOYALTY
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Grateful response : IOWEYOU
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Big name in athletic footwear : ASICS
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Column in a dating questionnaire : LIKES
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Optimist's focus : BRIGHTSIDE
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Aquarium fish : TETRA
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One getting a lift? : SKIER
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"___ yellow ribbon ..." : TIEA
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Place to put bags : TRUNK
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Laugh part : HAR
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E.M.T.'s training : CPR
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Science : OLOGY
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Reagan and others : RONS
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Tactic used against Britain by Napoleon : EMBARGO
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Boarding aids : JETWAYS
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Out-and-out : ARRANT
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Protective membrane : AMNION
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Beethoven's "Appassionata," e.g. : SONATA
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One that overflows : TEEMER
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Fender bender, e.g. : MISHAP
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Towering : TALL
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Jordan's Queen ___ International Airport : ALIA
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Smidgens : JOTS
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[Just like that!] : SNAP
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One of the Brontës : ANNE
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E.U. group : GSIX
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Pot-au-feu, e.g. : MEATSTEW
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Classic rebuke : ETTU
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Observatory feature : DOME
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Powder rooms? : ARSENALS
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It may be shot during a riot : TEARGAS
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Castaway's locale : ISLE
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The year 1045 : MXLV
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Japanese "thanks" : ARIGATO
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Need for KenKen : LOGIC
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Bistro offering : CARTE
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Rent-___ : ACOP
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Hang open : GAPE
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1968 U.S. Open champ : ASHE
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Mine entrance : ADIT
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Bart Simpson's grandmother : MONA
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Pitcher : EWER
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Suffix with vir- : ILE
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Never: Ger. : NIE
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Lennon's lady : ONO
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"Charlotte's Web" inits. : EBW
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Dawn : SUNUP
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Italian God : DIO
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Forest game : ELK
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Clinton or Obama, once: Abbr. : SEN
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Laugh part : HEE

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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