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New York Times, Saturday, December 24, 2005

French writer who coined the phrase "Facts are stubborn things"

Author:
Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Byron Walden

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 30 Missing: {FQWZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 35 for Mr. Walden. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2005, The New York Times12/24/05 ( No. 20,500 )
Across
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1906 novel that helped produce widespread social reforms : THEJUNGLE
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Certain League members : ARABS
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Troubling : VEXATIOUS
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Canon rival : RICOH
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Post production? : GRAPENUTS
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Ellen who won three Emmys between 1973 and 1976 : CORBY
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Fit : ABLE
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Thousands, slangily : GEES
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Old intelligence org. : OSS
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Part of a modern soldier's address : MIL
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Floor exercise, in Britain : PRESSUP
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Chiropterologist's interest : BAT
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Gloomy thistle-eater of children's lit : EEYORE
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French writer who coined the phrase "Facts are stubborn things" : LESAGE
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Hinge of a palindrome : MIDDLELETTER
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Henry Higgins and others : MALECHAUVINISTS
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Demonizing, with "of" : THINKINGEVIL
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First ___ (title for Napoleon) : CONSUL
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"I'm dying, Egypt, dying" speaker : ANTONY
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Word of support : AYE
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Chromium use : PLATING
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It has some crust : PIE
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Apt. specs : RMS
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Gob : SCAD
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First star ever photographed, 1850 : VEGA
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They greet each other by pressing their noses together : MAORI
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Scrapbook fodder : CLIPPINGS
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Needle holders : ETUIS
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Nobelist who proposed a League of Peace : ROOSEVELT
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Can : LETGO
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Ends of the earth : ANTIPODES
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It may be blacked out : TVGAME
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Bug with red and blue stripes : HERBIE
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Germany to Russia, in W.W. II : EXALLY
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Joke : JAPE
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Endangered Great Basin language : UTE
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"The Four-Chambered Heart" novelist : NIN
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Soak : GOUGE
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Pegbox holders : LUTES
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Some driving tests : ESSES
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Cissoid segment : ARC
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Blanco or Negro : RIO
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Ones seeking steady work? : ACROBATS
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Star of two of 1990's top 15 Nielsen-rated shows : BOBSAGET
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Ambulance chasers : SHYSTERS
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Heavyweight champ, 1882-92 : SULLIVAN
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Raise attentively : PRICKUP
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Prairie region in Kansas rich in gypsum and iron : REDHILLS
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Pounding, in a way : PEENING
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Auspices : OMENS
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Relative of an avocet : STILT
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Degree in martial arts : DAN
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Schlep : LUG
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Christmas ___ : EVE
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Where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal : MTCARMEL
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Salty hail : AHOYMATE
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Hits hard, to no effect : LINESOUT
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Spread out : OPENED
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Pettifog : NIGGLE
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Froth producers : YEASTS
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Capital served by Kotoka International Airport : ACCRA
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Clutch performer? : TALON
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Dip : IDIOT
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Lively, on scores : VIVO
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Shell asset : RIG
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Metric prefix : ISO
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23rd of 24 letters : PSI
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Vinegar : PEP

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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