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MESSAGE FROM SANTA

New York Times, Sunday, December 21, 2003

Author:
Frances Hansen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Frances Hansen

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 79 Missing: {KQ} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 119 for Ms. Hansen. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2003, The New York TimesNo. 1221 ( 19,766 )
Across
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Select : CHOOSE
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"Kojak" star : SAVALAS
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When Romeo talks to Juliet on the balcony : ACTTWO
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They can dish it out : LADLES
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Sans sense : INANELY
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Bit of progress : INROAD
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Start of a Christmas verse : OHIINTENDTOGOMYROUNDS
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Large baskets : PANNIERS
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Fleming or Hunter : IAN
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___ Park : ESTES
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Meadow : LEA
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Fairy tale start : ONCE
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Downed a sub, say : ATE
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Indian council setting : TEPEE
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Like tears : SALTY
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Watchdog's greeting : GRR
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Spill the beans : BLAB
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Skater's jump : AXEL
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"Ad ___ per aspera" (Kansas' motto) : ASTRA
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Indonesian vacation destination : BALI
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Fashionable beach resort : LIDO
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Verse, part 2 : BUTIAMHEAVIERBYPOUNDS
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"To the Poets," for one : ODE
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The good earth : LOAM
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Grayish : DRAB
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Cambodian money : RIELS
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"___ the fields we go" : OER
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Use a wok : FRY
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Age following the Stone Age : BRONZE
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"Under the Volcano" star, 1984 : FINNEY
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Certain bridge : TRESTLE
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Laundry job : SORTING
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Donnybrooks : MELEES
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Unspontaneous ones : ROBOTS
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"Wheel of Fortune" buy : ANO
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What Eng. majors get : BAS
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Cousin of a gnu : ELAND
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Summers on the Seine : ETES
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One of the Waughs : ALEC
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Often-repeated abbr. : ETC
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Verse, part 3 : SODOUNLATCHADOORORTWO
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Unwrap, as a gift : OPEN
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Not manually, after "on" : AUTO
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Female donkey : JENNY
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"L'___ c'est moi" : ETAT
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Crimefighter of early '60s TV : NESS
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"___ Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" : ITS
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Trumpet sound : BLARE
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Lifeless : INERT
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11th-century date : MLI
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Grizzly : BEAR
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Goat-legged god : PAN
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Dust busters : MAIDS
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50 Cent piece : RAP
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Some wedding embellishments : CORSAGES
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End of the verse : ICANNOTFITINSIDEAFLUE
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"Later" : NOTNOW
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Of the lymph glands : ADENOID
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Undivided : ENTIRE
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Nonresident doctor : EXTERN
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Kind of strength : TENSILE
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Sappho's home : LESBOS
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Sound effect in a western : CLOP
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"That's hysterical!" : HAHA
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God who presided over the Aesir : ODIN
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Actor Ken : OLIN
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In one's dotage : SENILE
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Cosmetician Lauder : ESTEE
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Confession recitals : SINS
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"___ a partridge in a pear tree" : AND
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Winery sight : VAT
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Officially designate : ANOINT
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Inheritance : LEGACY
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How Santa travels : ALONE
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Orchestra: Abbr. : SYM
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Touchdown site : AIRSTRIP
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Place to see a Ben Franklin portrait : CNOTE
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Constant : TRUE
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A huge amount : TONS
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Real mouthful : WAD
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Some hosp. cases : ODS
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Span of time : ERA
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Like Santa's visit : YEARLY
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Norwegian king : OLAV
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Off-limits : TABOO
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Display : EXUDE
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Pumpkin eater of the nursery : PETER
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Yalie : ELI
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Hold back : STEM
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Neighbor of Scorpius : ARA
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Gossip : GABBER
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Wash whitener : BLUING
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Table covers : LINEN
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Confuse : ADDLE
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High-handed : BOSSY
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Ovid's love elegies : AMORES
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Rural carriages : SHAYS
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Texas river : BRAZOS
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Sch. in upstate N.Y. : ALFREDU
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Courtroom affirmation : IDO
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"Ninotchka" director ___ Lubitsch : ERNST
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Part of the Venezuela/ Colombia border : ORINOCO
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Pie-eyed : BLOTTO
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Renaissance fiddle : REBEC
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Sunday best : FINERY
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Mortise insertions : TENONS
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Sugar plums and candy canes : TREATS
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Claw : TALON
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Quark-plus-antiquark particle : MESON
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Skip off : ELOPE
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Puts on, as cargo : LADES
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Kyrgyz city : OSH
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Davis of "Jezebel" : BETTE
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Battling : ATWAR
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"Ivanhoe" author : SCOTT
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Top-rated : AONE
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Settle once and for all : NAILDOWN
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Elizabethan musician : LUTIST
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Slightly open : AJAR
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Wagner's "___ fliegende Hollander" : DER
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Stimpy's TV pal : REN
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Defeated : BEATEN
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Rabbit furs : LAPINS
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Bonkers : INSANE
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Nondrinker by law : MINOR
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Mrs. Santa Claus, long ago : BRIDE
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Pea's place : POD
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Dancing giddily : AREEL
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Drudge of the Internet : MATT
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Last of the House of Stuart : ANNE
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Funny ___, 2003 Derby winner : CIDE
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Ship positions : AFTS
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Smooth-tongued : GLIB
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Foreign money : EURO
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Dates : SEES
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Suffix with elephant : INE
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Loser to Harding in 1920 : COX
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Like Santa : FAT
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"___ do not!" : NOI
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Part of R.S.V.P. : SIL

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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