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New York Times, Thursday, December 25, 1997

Author:
A. J. Santora
Editor:
Will Shortz
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A. J. Santora

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 224 for Mr. Santora. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1997, The New York TimesNo. 1225 ( 17,579 )

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Across
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Ruth stat. : RBI
4
"Julius Caesar" role : CASCA
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Tray cheese : EDAM
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Bad end : DOOM
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Take out ___ (borrow) : ALOAN
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Ancient city, home of St. Nicholas : MYRA
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Longtime Israeli diplomat : EBAN
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"Loverboy" singer, 1984 : BILLYOCEAN
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"Peek-a-boo girl" of 40's Hollywood : VERONICALAKE
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California's Fort ___ : ORD
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End of ___ : ANERA
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Sum up : RECAP
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About-faces : UTURNS
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Ahead : LEADING
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What debaters debate : TOPIC
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South Africa's ___ Paul Kruger : OOM
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Scrapbook pastings : ANA
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"The Producers" director : MELBROOKS
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Mess up : ERR
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"Spiders!" : EEK
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"...in ___ tree" : APEAR
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It may be pulled over someone's eyes : THEWOOL
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Life Saver flavor : ORANGE
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Insured's contribution : COPAY
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Watchmaker's unit of thickness : LIGNE
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Computer link, for short : LAN
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Dixieland star : PETEFOUNTAIN
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1990 Emmy-winning talk show host : JOANRIVERS
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Unpopular spots : ACNE
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Lounge : IDLE
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Beat : PULSE
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Disorder : MESS
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Draft, maybe : BEER
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Graf rival : SELES
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Ballpark fig. : EST
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Director Rossellini : ROBERTO
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Close for good : BOARDUP
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Mae West's "___ Angel" : IMNO
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Passenger ship section : CABINS
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Tea party attendee : ALICE
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Kind of battery : SOLAR
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Crabmeat stew : CALLALOO
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Novelist Seton : ANYA
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Led the entertainment : EMCEED
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Coloring : DYE
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Parseghian of Notre Dame : ARA
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Hipster's exclamation : MAN
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Pious : DEVOUT
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Southern soup ingredient : OKRA
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Vice President John ___ Garner : NANCE
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Tom Clancy subj. : CIA
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That girl in "That Girl" : ANN
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Vardon Trophy awarder: Abbr. : PGA
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Edge : RIM
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Comic Philips : EMO
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TV planet : ORK
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Bill Clinton, astrologically : LEO
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City east of Seattle : BELLEVUE
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Actress Black : KAREN
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Bath or Évian : SPA
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And the like : ETC
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Frat letter : RHO
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Handle business (for) : REP
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Intertwines : ENLACES
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Bucking : AGAINST
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Dreyfus trial city : RENNES
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Onetime TV judge : WAPNER
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Court hearing : OYER
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Burdens : ONUSES
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"I Didn't Slip, I Wasn't Pushed, ___" (1950 song) : IFELL
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Spiny shrub : GORSE
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Pointers : TIPS
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Gentle : TAME
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Staysail : JIB
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Thomas Hood's "Autumn," e.g. : ODE
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Steinful : ALE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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