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CHRISTMAS PLAY

New York Times, Sunday, December 24, 2000

Author:
Bill Zais
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bill Zais

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 146, Blocks: 76 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Zais. NYT links: Across Lite
Notepad: The tree shape when read counterclockwise gives the name of a Holiday tune.
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© 2000, The New York TimesNo. 1224 ( 18,674 )
Across
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Stock market figures : HIGHS
6
1994 Jodie Foster title role : NELL
10
Cribbage equipment : PEGS
14
Macbeth or Macduff : THANE
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Dunderpate : IDIOT
20
Lip balm ingredient : ALOE
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Part of a spread : ACRE
22
Hornswoggles, with "in" : ROPES
23
Community with its Christmas decorations up? : TINSELTOWN
25
Gift-giver's comment after tying the bow? : THATSAWRAP
27
Small group of carolers : TRIO
28
Product made by Armor All : STP
30
In stock : ONHAND
31
Out : ABSENT
34
Putt-putter : MOPED
36
Native Missourians : OSAGES
40
Ends, as class : LETSOUT
42
Noted pilgrimage site : LOURDES
44
Call : PHONE
45
J.F.K. times : ETAS
46
Kind of cheese : PIMENTO
48
Way of life : TAO
50
1990 film autobiography "___: My Story" : AVA
51
Go (over) : PORE
52
Word with hand or home : MADE
53
Rote learning method : DRILLS
56
Hip-hop's ___ Kim : LIL
57
Played (around) : HORSED
60
Hellish : STYGIAN
62
Musical retrospective, maybe : MEDLEY
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Kind of jump : SKI
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Island singer : DONHO
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Meeting reading : AGENDA
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Relieves (of) : RIDS
70
Who is stronger than Superman? : NOONE
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Tire reinforcement : PLY
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Not seriously : INFUN
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Shows of joy : JIGS
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Gum arabic tree : ACACIA
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Westernmost African city : DAKAR
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To whom reporters report: Abbr. : EDS
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Torrent : ONRUSH
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Nightclub : HOTSPOT
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Curve enhancer : CORSET
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HBO competitor : SHO
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Noncompromiser : PURIST
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Architect Saarinen : EERO
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French 101 verb : ETRE
97
P.G.A. champ Sutton : HAL
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Combative sort, they say : LEO
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Sicilian wine : MARSALA
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Not work out : FAIL
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Spanish princess : ELENA
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1950's game fad : CANASTA
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Extra pages, say : ADDENDA
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Certain buttons : RESETS
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Congo native : BANTU
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Taskmaster's cry : HARDER
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Stoppage : STASIS
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Eur. land : IRE
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Slammin' Sammy : SOSA
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Christmas? : PRESENTDAY
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Money envelopes on a Christmas tree? : BRANCHBANK
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Carol singers : CHOIR
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Take out : DELE
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Island in the Tyrrhenian Sea : ELBA
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Milk symbol : ELSIE
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Pastels : TONES
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Sound of a leak : SSSS
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Difficult to fathom : DEEP
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Give back : REPAY
Down
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Sellout : HIT
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A mean Amin : IDI
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Ingredient in a Blue Pacific : GIN
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Hors d'oeuvre servers, maybe : HOSTESSES
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Caterer's supply : STERNO
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Expanding org. : NATO
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"Do Ya" rock grp. : ELO
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Stock market figures : LOWS
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Helped out, in a way : LENTMONEY
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Irishman, informally : PAT
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Seconded : ECHOED
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Starbucks order : GRANDE
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"___ Speaks" (Jane Roberts book) : SETH
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Switch : TRANSPOSE
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Elephant seat : HOWDAH
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Financial fig. : APR
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P.T.A.-aligned org. : NEA
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Clairvoyance, e.g. : ESP
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Like most Christmas trees : LITUP
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___ Paulo : SAO
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Show pique : POUT
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Israeli leaders? : ALEPHS
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Caused to go : BETOOK
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Attempts at decorating a treetop? : STARRINGROLES
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One with a gift : PRODIGY
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Tree holder, in an indoor football game? : GOALLINESTAND
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Like the rich and beautiful : ENVIED
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Some mattresses : SEALYS
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Tiny ___ : TIM
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Caused : LEDTO
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N.L. Central team: Abbr. : STL
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Potato dish, in British slang : MASH
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Researcher's staple : ALMANAC
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Actress Charlotte : RAE
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Place to stay : INN
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Tokyo, once : EDO
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Popular 80's daytime show : DONAHUE
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Bashes : GALAS
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Actress Joanne : DRU
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Japanese competitor of IBM : NEC
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Cartoonist Browne : DIK
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Big Ten sch. : OSU
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"The Autobiography of Miss Jane ___" : PITTMAN
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To's partner : FRO
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Kidder : JOSHER
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Scarf down : INHALE
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Yellowfin tuna : AHI
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Trigonometry abbr. : COS
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___ good turn (helps out) : DOESA
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Gillette product : ATRA
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Treat with contempt : DERIDE
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Like some ancient markers : STELAR
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Is messy : SPLATTERS
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Not pleased : PERTURBED
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Like a doctor's patients : REFERABLE
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Miami's Eden ___ Resort : ROC
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Suffix with pay : OLA
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Piedmont province : ASTI
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Kind of committee : ADHOC
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Monster's nickname : NESSIE
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Tolerates : ABIDES
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Some French sounds : NASALS
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Part of Santa's team : DASHER
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Marino or Gabriel : SAN
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Guides: Abbr. : STDS
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First name in detective fiction : ERLE
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Parka closer : SNAP
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Agt.'s reward : PCT
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Density symbol : RHO
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Long time to wait : EON
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"You bet!" : YES
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White House nickname : ABE
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Viper : ASP
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Actress Peeples : NIA
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Important : KEY

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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