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New York Times, Friday, December 24, 2010

Author:
Jay Kaskel and Daniel Kantor
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
104/9/200810/30/20175
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0243010
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1.58030
Jay Kaskel
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118/7/20079/27/20185
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0036110
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1.60030
Daniel Kantor

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 42 Missing: {BFJQXZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Kaskel. This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Kantor. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune ran an article about these constructors and this puzzle.

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© 2010, The New York TimesNo. 1224 ( 22,326 )
Across
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Not an ideal answer to "Do these jeans make me look fat?" : HMM
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Chief : ARCH
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Something to unscrew on an auto : GASCAP
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Feu fighter : EAU
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Uncommon, in ancient Rome : RARA
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Land of Papá Noel : ESPANA
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N N N : NUS
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Carols, often : CHURCHHYMNS
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Mr. Hilarious : RIOT
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Chair: Abbr. : DIR
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Nonverbal congratulations : PAT
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Scrooge player of film : MICHAELCAINE
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It has 3,750 "steps of penitence" : MTSINAI
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Intimate : GETAT
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Down : EAT
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Bird, e.g., once : CELT
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Comment upon receiving a large bill : OUCH
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Polar opposites? : NAUGHTYORNICE
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"___ doing ..." : INSO
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Cold capital : OSLO
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Pique condition? : IRE
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Saw : ADAGE
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Entered cautiously : EASEDIN
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Time before the present day? : CHRISTMASEVE
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Palindromic girl's name : AVA
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With 67-Across, sacred symbol to Zeus : OAK
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TV's Anderson : LONI
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Song of 1859 ... or what the five circled letters represent? : SILENTNIGHT
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It's taken to calm down : TEN
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It takes place on board a ship at sea in "The Tempest" : SCENEI
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See 57-Across : TREE
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Be a certain way? : ARE
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Bit of candy : TICTAC
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Start of something : SEED
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Brief subject : LAW
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Game ___ : HEN
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Its capital is Nouakchott : MAURITANIA
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Score keeper? : MUSICSTAND
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Inverse trig function : ARCTAN
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Exclamation heard 12 times in Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" : RAH
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Word on a vin bottle : CRU
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Head of cattle? : HARDC
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The Iron Horse of baseball : GEHRIG
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Silvery-gray : ASH
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19-Down employee : SPY
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Rough it, say : CAMP
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Lady whom Don Giovanni tries to seduce : ANNA
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Over : PAST
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Employer of 10-Downs: Abbr. : CIA
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"___ don't know" : OHI
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Fr. title : MME
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Per : EACH
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Misinform, maybe : LIETO
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#10 on a table : NEON
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Seamstress's aid : ETUI
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Chance : ACCIDENTAL
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"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" setting : THERIVIERA
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Lily, in Lille : LYS
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Flat sign : TOLET
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Car-racing org. : USAC
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Van follower : GOGH
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Tramp : ROAM
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Chemical suffix : ENE
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Blue : EROTIC
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Like many winter roads : SALTED
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Peruvian pronoun : ESO
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Ziering of "90210" : IAN
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Burlesque bits : SKITS
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Bob Cratchit to Scrooge, e.g.: Abbr. : ASST
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Part of a boast : VICI
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Smart ___ : ALEC
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Three-in-one M.D. : ENT
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Class-conscious grp.? : NEA
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Princeton Review subj. : GRE
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Part of a snicker : HEE
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Fresh : NEW

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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