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New York Times, Wednesday, December 25, 2002

Author:
Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Merrell

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FQVX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2002, The New York TimesNo. 1225 ( 19,405 )
Across
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Your role in this puzzle [the asterisked clues will help you crack the case] : COP
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*Suspected means of entry : CHIMNEY
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No Miss America : HAG
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Org. in Langley, Va. : CIA
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Finders' fees : REWARDS
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Chemical suffix : INE
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Done with a wink : SLY
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Period in human development : IRONAGE
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Regular guy : JOE
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American Beauty growth : ROSEBUD
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Not real : ERSATZ
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Storage facilities : SILOS
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Big: Abbr. : LRG
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Cause for an aspirin : ACHE
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New York cardinal : EGAN
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Major oil port : ADEN
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"Wild" one : JOKER
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Italian town with Giotto frescoes : ASSISI
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Meat seasoning : SAGE
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Namesake makers: Abbr. : SRS
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*When the break-in occurred : CHRISTMAS
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Copycat : APE
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This, in España : ESTE
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Stop for the night : ENCAMP
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Asian assassin : NINJA
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Garden with a snake : EDEN
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NASA's ___ Research Center : AMES
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Garr of "Young Frankenstein" : TERI
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Bag thickness : MIL
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Port in western France : BREST
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Nukes : ABOMBS
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Roofers, often : NAILERS
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Lo-___ : CAL
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Site of an unwanted duty : LATRINE
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Three on a clock : III
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Suffering : ILL
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Adjusts : ORIENTS
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Elevator ___ : CAR
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Person who does a lot of cleaning: Abbr. : DDS
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*What the intruder accidentally left behind : CINDERS
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What you may say when you crack the case : AHA
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Syringe amt. : CCS
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Offshore workplaces : OILRIGS
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Commercial bribes : PAYOLAS
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"Hurray!" and "Oh, no!" : CRIES
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33-Across, e.g. : HERB
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"If asked, yes" : IWOULD
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*Eyewitness's description of the intruder : MANDRESSEDINRED
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1930's program, for short : NRA
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Ragged part : EDGE
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Belgian river : YSER
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Takes by force : HIJACKS
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Bar order : ANOTHER
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Old dogs : GEEZERS
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Kind of boom : SONIC
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___ Paulo : SAO
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Marine : SEA
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Little biter : GNAT
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What a snob might put on : AIRS
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Shepherd who wrote "The Ferrari in the Bedroom" : JEAN
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Flushing site : SHEA
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Feds : GMEN
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Some thing : ITEM
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Startle : SCARE
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It may settle things : ANTACID
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Spotted, as a horse : PIEBALD
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Matriculates : ENROLLS
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Its third verse begins "Let music swell the breeze" : AMERICA
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Handel work : MESSIAH
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L.A. setting : PST
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"Treasure Island" boy : JIM
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"Seinfeld" pal : ELAINE
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"God ___" : BLESS
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Convention group : BLOC
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Indian garb : SARI
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Like some verbs: Abbr. : INTR
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Bolivian export : TIN
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Kind of contribution : IRA

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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