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New York Times, Monday, December 22, 2008

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQVXZ} This is puzzle # 37 for Ms. Lempel. NYT links: Across Lite
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Across
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Sidewalk Santa worker, e.g. : TEMP
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Bugler's bedtime tune : TAPS
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Vagrant : TRAMP
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Felipe or Moises of baseball : ALOU
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Sahara irrigator : NILE
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Site of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum : HANOI
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First in a John Updike novel series : RABBITRUN
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Confess (to) : OWNUP
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Twin Mary-Kate or Ashley : OLSEN
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Deface : MAR
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Info on a pill bottle : DOSE
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Batsman at a wicket, say : CRICKETPLAYER
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Spunk : METTLE
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Give forth : EMIT
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Turn down : DENY
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Tree popular in street names : ELM
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Gross : NASTY
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"The loneliest number," in a Three Dog Night song : ONE
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"Get going!," and a hint for the starts of 17-, 24-, 51- and 62-Across : HOPTOIT
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Little Jack Horner's dessert : PIE
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Zest : GUSTO
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Hydrotherapy provider : SPA
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Places for holsters : HIPS
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Bedouin, e.g. : ARAB
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Long-necked waders : EGRETS
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Holder of an unfair trial : KANGAROOCOURT
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"Oh, woe!" : ALAS
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Fish-sticks fish : COD
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Hearty steak : TBONE
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Breads with pockets : PITAS
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Umbrellalike fungus : TOADSTOOL
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Theodore Roosevelt, to Eleanor : UNCLE
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Humorist Bombeck : ERMA
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Extremities : ENDS
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Giggly laugh : TEHEE
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Channel for football and basketball games : ESPN
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Out with the fleet : ASEA
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Root used for poi : TARO
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Carrier to Tel Aviv : ELAL
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Crowded, frenzied gatherings : MOBSCENES
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Middle school stage, commonly : PUBERTY
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Grenade filler : TNT
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Balloon filler : AIR
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Large feather : PLUME
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House mate? : SENATE
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However, briefly : THO
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Numbers yet to be crunched : RAWDATA
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Vex : ANNOY
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Computer attachment : MOUSE
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Peter the pepper picker : PIPER
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"What's ___ for me?" : INIT
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Meas. of engine speed : RPM
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Queenly role for Liz : CLEO
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Large brown algae : KELP
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Bits of fluff : LINT
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Restaurant posting : MENU
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One enrolled in obedience school : DOG
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Washington and McKinley: Abbr. : MTS
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Receptacles for tobacco chewers : SPITTOONS
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A large part of a waitress's income : TIPS
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"Right on!" : YES
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Israeli dance : HORA
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Grp. in which many of the leaders wear robes : OPEC
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Othello's undoer : IAGO
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Household downsizing event : TAGSALE
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Chamomile product : HERBTEA
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Rocket trajectory : ARC
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Little foot warmer : BOOTEE
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Boring routines : RUTS
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Done for : KAPUT
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Skirt with a flare : ALINE
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"But of course!" : NATCH
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Signs of decay : ODORS
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Knotty swelling : NODE
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Designer Schiaparelli : ELSA
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Visit : SEE
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Unit of electricity : AMP
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Vice president Quayle : DAN

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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