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New York Times, Thursday, December 21, 2006

Fighter's dare … or a hint to answering 17-, 23-, 34- and 48-Across

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 23 for Ms. Lempel.
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© 2006, The New York Times12/21/06 ( No. 20,862 )
Across
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Nobodies : ZEROS
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1969 biopic starring Omar Sharif : CHE
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Penicillin treats it : STREP
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Throw off : ELUDE
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Shade : HUE
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Old NBC courtroom drama : THEDA
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Satan? : DEMONKING
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Race : REVUP
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Steeled : GIRDED
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Tight-fitting woman's garment : BODICE
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Preclusion : BAN
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Visine? : REDREMOVER
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Luke's father in "Star Wars" : ANAKIN
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Crabber's bait : EEL
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Takes to heart? : WEDS
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Chest site : ATTIC
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Plague : ANNOY
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Spruce up some fabric? : EMBOSSTWEED
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Tones down : MUTES
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Indistinguishable : ALIKE
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Subject of a museum in Austin, Minn. : SPAM
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Some name suffixes : SRS
47
Kvetches : GRIPES
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Idaho symbol? : TATERTOTEM
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Drain unclogger : LYE
52
Track events : RELAYS
53
Psychologist who launched behaviorism : WATSON
56
Taurotragus oryx : ELAND
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Fighter's dare … or a hint to answering 17-, 23-, 34- and 48-Across : BRINGEMON
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__ Janis, old comic actress : ELSIE
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The George and Dragon, e.g. : INN
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Teed off : IRATE
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Caesar's father : PATER
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Capture : BAG
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Unavoidable : FATED
Down
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Letter from London : ZED
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Classy : ELEGANT
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Muse : RUMINATE
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It's in the dumps : ODOR
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Thrill : SEND
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Reprove : CHIDE
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Goth subjugator : HUN
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Lines of thought, for short? : EEG
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1948 campaign name : STROM
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It has its ups and downs : THEDOW
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Bring back : REVIVE
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Brought out : EDUCED
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Professor's workload : PAPERS
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"Ol' Man River" composer : KERN
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Less than : BELOW
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Suffolk sound : BAA
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Least likely to get it : DENSEST
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Lets out : RENTS
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Clijsters of tennis : KIM
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SALT concern : ICBM
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Pirate battler : ASTRO
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Class : YEAR
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Unseats : OUSTS
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Michigan's ___ Broad College of Business : ELI
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One with a mission : DIPLOMAT
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Main idea : KEYNOTE
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Legal conclusion? : ESE
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"Angels in America" actress : STREEP
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One-dish meal : PAELLA
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Ultimately : ATLAST
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Bully : MEANIE
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Fed : GMAN
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Big name in trucks : RYDER
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First-ever N.B.A. lottery pick : EWING
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Cry of joy : TGIF
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"Buona ___" : SERA
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Spill catcher : BIB
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Biochemistry abbr. : RNA
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Lyricist Washington who won two Oscars for songwriting : NED

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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