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New York Times, Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Author:
Warren Biro
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQX} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Biro. NYT links: Across Lite
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Across
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Newswoman Paula : ZAHN
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Fire ___ : OPAL
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Bowling unit : FRAME
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Prefix with -gram or -graph : IDEO
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December 25, e.g. : DATE
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Last ___ : RITES
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Show interrupter : TVADVERTISEMENT
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Brit. military award : DSO
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"Sure, why not" : IGUESSSO
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Copenhagen wad : TOBACCOCHEW
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Select : TAP
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Images representing Internet users : AVATARS
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Sound of a lightning strike : ZAP
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George W., to George H. W. : SON
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Shower sponge : LOOFA
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Start of a Fred Flintstone cry : YABBA
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Mariner's datum : TIDE
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Power connectors, or a way to describe 17-, 22-, 55- and 61-Across : PLUGS
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Tuesday in Hollywood : WELD
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Dearborn debut of 1958 : EDSEL
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Coastal fliers : ERNES
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___-blamed : DAD
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Jurisprudence : LAW
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How crowds move : ENMASSE
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Tbsp. or tsp. : AMT
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Old-fashioned tub feature : BATHSTOPPER
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Play characters : PERSONAE
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Lead-in to plunk : KER
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Expensive alternative to a toupee : HAIRREPLACEMENT
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Furious : IRATE
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Farming prefix : AGRO
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They pop on planes : EARS
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Soup alternative : SALAD
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Car company that originated as an airplane manufacturer : SAAB
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State whose tallest bldg. has only 19 floors : NDAK
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Clearasil target : ZIT
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Purely or simply: Abbr. : ADV
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Tennis accessories : HEADBANDS
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Signals, as to an auctioneer : NODSAT
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Keats creation : ODE
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Three, four or five, commonly : PAR
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Heirloom locale : ATTIC
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Vivien of film : LEIGH
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It lets you go without charges : FREEWAY
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Basketball hoops : RIMS
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Historic 1940s event, for short : ATEST
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Group of brains : MENSA
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Prevent, legally : ESTOP
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Speaking one's mind : VOCAL
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1956-57 crisis site : SUEZ
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"There's no accounting for ___" : TASTE
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Roundish : OVOID
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Jockey's whip : CROP
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"___ Mio" : OSOLE
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Hand covered with 32-Down : PAW
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See 29-Down : FUR
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"___ of God," Jane Fonda film : AGNES
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Top layer, in a way : BEDSPREAD
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Unconcerned : BLASE
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Abacus user : ADDER
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Unagi, at a Japanese restaurant : EEL
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Radioed, e.g. : SENT
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Strained : LABORED
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Feature of many a 1970s rock concert : SMOKE
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Ebb : WANE
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"2001" extras : APEMEN
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Sap sucker : APHIS
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Stiller's comedy partner : MEARA
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"Perry Mason" climax : TRIAL
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Spanish appetizers : TAPAS
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Hägar the Horrible's wife : HELGA
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Mex. miss : SRTA
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Coach Parseghian : ARA
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Corn core : COB
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Org. with good aims? : NRA
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"'Tis a pity" : TSK

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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