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New York Times, Thursday, December 25, 2008

48-Down : Light ratio in astronomy

Author:
Eric Tentarelli
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Eric Tentarelli

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQVZ} Spans: 3 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Tentarelli.
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© 2008, The New York Times12/25/08 ( No. 21,597 )
Across
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Choker component : CLASP
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Music pioneered by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires : SKA
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___ secretary : MADAM
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Rummage : RIFLE
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Suffer : AIL
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Bygone Olds : ALERO
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Sorkin who created "The West Wing" : AARON
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Section in a record store : CLASSICAL
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Chestnut-colored mustang offspring? : BROWNBRONCOCOLT
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Its coat of arms includes a vicuña : PERU
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"Rule, Britannia" composer Thomas : ARNE
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Nuts : LOCO
27
Like the space around a first-class seat, say : AMPLE
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Con : SCAM
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Pitcher Hideo Nomo's birthplace : OSAKA
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"No ___" ("Beats me") : IDEA
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Ripen : AGE
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Main dedicatee of an Austin cathedral? : CHIEFTEXANSAINT
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"Talk to ___," Pedro Almodóvar film : HER
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Time-honored name? : LUCE
44
Food processor setting : PUREE
45
Torpedoed : SANK
47
David ___, founder of the Libertarian Party : NOLAN
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A.A.A. jobs : TOWS
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___ were : ASIT
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Brick maker : LEGO
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Hefty invoice for boots and spurs? : GIANTCOWBOYBILL
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On the fence : NOTSOSURE
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Dashboard item : RADIO
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Emasculate : UNMAN
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Embarrassed, perhaps : RED
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Last name of Kipling's Kim : OHARA
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Fresh : SASSY
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___ Balls (snack cakes) : SNO
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Masters champ of 1949, 1952 and 1954 : SNEAD
Down
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Grouch : CRAB
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Epithet that's an anagram of 60-Down : LIAR
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Big do : AFRO
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Snail : SLOWPOKE
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Pasta salad ingredient : PENNE
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Pelvic bone : SACRUM
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Overseas shipping unit : KILO
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Star of Broadway's "QED," 2001-02 : ALANALDA
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Brick placer : MASON
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Walker, Cooper and others : ALICES
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Art ___ : DECO
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Asia's ___ Sea : ARAL
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Shed : MOLT
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Present for viewing ... or prevent from being viewed : SCREEN
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Bust holder : BRA
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Ness and Tay : LOCHS
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Dublin-born film star Milo : OSHEA
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___ terrier : CAIRN
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Dot : PIXEL
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The City of a Thousand Minarets : CAIRO
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Predecessor of Ford : AGNEW
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Doles (out) : METES
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Org. founded by Samuel Gompers : AFL
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Saharan viper : ASP
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Garb for Robin Hood and his band : TUNICS
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Trips through rain forests, maybe : ECOTOURS
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Famously fast route : AUTOBAHN
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Home of Fort Scott National Historic Site : KANSAS
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Light ratio in astronomy : ALBEDO
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Prefix with romantic : NEO
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Like some silences : STONY
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Spinners : GYROS
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Prey for lions : GNUS
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College in New Rochelle, N.Y. : IONA
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Mall conveniences : ATMS
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Cousin of a treecreeper : WREN
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Family name suffix in taxonomy : IDAE
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Money that's an anagram of 2-Down : LIRA
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Dishwasherful : LOAD

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

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