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New York Times, Tuesday, December 25, 2001

Feature of 20- and 35-Across, forward and backward

Author:
Peter Gordon
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Gordon

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {KQZ} This is puzzle # 78 for Mr. Gordon. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2001, The New York Times12/25/01 ( No. 19,040 )
Across
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Tennis champ Monica : SELES
6
Fellow : CHAP
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Radio operators : HAMS
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Alamogordo event : ATEST
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Orange-roofed hotel, for short : HOJO
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Met song : ARIA
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Starbucks order : LATTE
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Harvard's Dershowitz : ALAN
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Main idea : GIST
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In a semi-joking way : HALFSERIOUSLY
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Santa ___, Calif. : ANA
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May honoree : MOM
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New England prep school town : EXETER
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Listlessness : TORPOR
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Ricky's portrayer : DESI
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What Consumer Reports lacks : ADS
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Brink : EDGE
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Dupe : DELUDE
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Emergency medicine for infants : SYRUPOFIPECAC
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Customary practices : USAGES
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Sledding spot : HILL
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Nuptial agreement : IDO
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Cold war initials : USSR
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"Yippee!" : HOORAY
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Lillehammer's country : NORWAY
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G-man : FED
52
Batiking need : DYE
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Feature of 20- and 35-Across, forward and backward : VOWELSINORDER
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Noted fratricide victim : ABEL
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Low digits : TOES
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"All My Children" character : ERICA
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Pickle flavoring : DILL
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She sheep : EWES
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Window washer's mistake : SMEAR
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Sushi fish : EELS
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Earned : MADE
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Sample : TASTE
Down
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Mule of song : SAL
2
Fraternity letter : ETA
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Listlessness : LETHARGY
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"Cómo ___ usted?" : ESTA
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Sailor's patron : STELMO
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Abyss : CHASM
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Ace place? : HOLE
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Not quite shut : AJAR
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Pays : PONIESUP
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Noted court site, with "The" : HAGUE
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Popular record label : ARISTA
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Deceived : MISLED
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Lechers : SATYRS
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In place of : FOR
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Nitrous ___ (laughing gas) : OXIDE
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Took a meal : ATE
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Silent assents : NODS
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Home for llamas : PERU
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Put off : DEFER
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Yale players : ELIS
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Follows persistently : DOGS
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Reverberate : ECHO
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Typical : USUAL
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It's used for announcements : PASYSTEM
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Hangs on the line : AIRDRIES
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Potter's supply : CLAY
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Drain cleaner ingredient : LYE
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Intrude upon : INVADE
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The ___ Brothers of 70's-80's rock : DOOBIE
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"Animal Farm" author : ORWELL
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Boating pronoun : HER
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Most bizarre : ODDEST
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"The War of the Worlds" author : WELLS
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Choreographer Bob : FOSSE
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Part of the Corn Belt : IOWA
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Reason for a donation : NEED
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Witty Bombeck : ERMA
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Garfield, e.g. : CAT
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Exist : ARE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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