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New York Times, Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Something under the counter that puts people under the table

Author:
Nancy Salomon
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Nancy Salomon

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVZ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 169 for Ms. Salomon.
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© 2006, The New York Times12/20/06 ( No. 20,861 )

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Across
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Madrid museum : PRADO
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Wear at the edges : FRAY
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Radio switch : AMFM
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Break of day : SUNUP
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Wrestling ring encloser : ROPE
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Shopaholic's delight : SALE
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Words of admiration — NOT! : ISNTTHATSPECIAL
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Hang around : STAY
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Architectural molding : OGEE
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Bookish sort, slangily : WONK
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Trucker on the air : CBER
25
Shea squad : METS
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Company whose name is pig Latin for an insect : EBAY
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Hearth refuse : ASHES
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Item with a concave head : TEE
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Like this clue's answer, in five letters : SPELT
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Factory whistle time : NOON
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___ brat : ARMY
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Words of apology — NOT! : WELLEXCUUUUSEME
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Slippery swimmers : EELS
41
Seas of France : MERS
42
Neuters : SPAYS
43
Plus-or-minus fig. : EST
44
Dated : PASSE
45
Classic street liners : ELMS
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Managed care grps. : HMOS
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Creole vegetable : OKRA
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New driver, frequently : TEEN
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Fabled race loser : HARE
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Final Four org. : NCAA
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Words of congratulation — NOT! : NICEGOINGGENIUS
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Tuckered out : BEAT
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Boxer's annoyance : FLEA
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Ladies' men : GENTS
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Cultural doings : ARTS
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Burg : TOWN
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Popular theater name : ODEON
Down
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Pitchfork-shaped letters : PSIS
2
Reddish-brown : RUST
3
Tolstoy's Karenina : ANNA
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"O.K., back to work" : DUTYCALLS
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Make a choice : OPT
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Frankincense and myrrh, but not gold : FRAGRANCES
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Memorization : ROTE
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Area that may have stained glass : APSE
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"Uh-huh" : YEP
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Racecourse since 1711 : ASCOT
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Hardly revolutionary : MAINSTREAM
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A lot of beef? : FLAK
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Funnyman Brooks : MEL
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Tiller's tool : HOE
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Lady bighorns : EWES
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Memory unit : BYTE
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Selection screen : MENU
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They're carried by people in masks : EPEES
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Pull off a high-risk feat : BELLTHECAT
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Goes bad : SOURS
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Company publication : HOUSEORGAN
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TV trophies : EMMYS
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Centers, of sorts : EYES
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___' Pea : SWEE
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According to schedule : ASPLANNED
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Short holiday? : XMAS
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PC person : USER
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Early video game : PONG
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Gymnastics competitions : MEETS
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Something under the counter that puts people under the table : KEG
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Level : TIER
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Hawaii's ___ Bay : HILO
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From the top : ANEW
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French film : CINE
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Camera setting : AUTO
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Part of P.G.A.: Abbr. : ASSN
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Eddie Gottlieb Trophy org. : NBA
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Commonly : OFT
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Prima donna's problem : EGO

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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