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New York Times, Saturday, December 25, 2010

Part of the planning for many a surprise birthday party

Author:
Stanley Newman
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Stanley Newman

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FHQX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Newman. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2010, The New York Times12/25/10 ( No. 22,327 )

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Across
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"The Twentieth Century" producer : CBSNEWS
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Point : DECIMAL
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Knock noise : RATATAT
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Spring : EMANATE
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How some pranks are done : ONADARE
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1970s "first mother" : LILLIAN
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Santa ___ : CATALINAISLAND
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Security Council veto : NON
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Makeup of some burgers : SOY
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Stunning : DAZING
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Put away : DOIN
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Get stuck : JAM
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Off-white shade : IVORY
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Sight from the top of the Leaning Tower : ARNO
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Out-and-out : PURE
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Santa ___ : MONICAMOUNTAINS
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Isn't straight : LIES
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Certain party, in headlines : DEMS
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Members of an ancient empire : INCAS
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Golf scorecard abbr. : YDS
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Part of the planning for many a surprise birthday party : RUSE
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Happy cohort? : SNEEZY
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Company with an I.P.O. in both 1992 and 2009 : AOL
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Point : DOT
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Santa ___ : ANITARACETRACK
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Stir up : ANIMATE
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Schmaltz : TREACLE
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Builds a foundation, say : DONATES
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Bridge topic : ENDPLAY
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Lab procedure : DNATEST
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Some game show questions : TOSSUPS
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Big snapper, informally : CROC
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Actor who played the villain in 2009's "Star Trek" : BANA
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Doctor's directive : STAT
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Zip : NADA
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Endnote abbr. : ETAL
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Big blender maker : WARING
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Old office worker : STENO
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Place for a ham : DELI
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E.P.A. measurement : EMISSION
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Tap : CALLON
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Fine furniture feature : INLAY
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Water carrier : MAIN
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Slightly : ATAD
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Wiseman who directed "Live Free or Die Hard" : LEN
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Wife of Perseus : ANDROMEDA
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How distant stars shine : DIMLY
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Go around : AVOID
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Thinks about nothing, with "out" : ZONES
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Tennessee's state flower : IRIS
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Former U.S. capital: Abbr. : NYC
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Heavy load : ONUS
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Oomph : JUICE
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"I Love Lucy" executive producer : ARNAZ
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Embarrassing : MESSY
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City north of Des Moines : AMES
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Stamp sheet : PANE
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Fawns over : ADULATES
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Corrosion-resistant plating : TIN
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Circumvolve : ROTATE
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"Perfection under fire" product : STERNO
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Imply : AIMAT
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Certain chamber piece : OCTET
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Uninformative attribution: Abbr. : ANON
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Granada girl : NINA
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Doctor's directive : REST
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Turner and others : TEDS
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Chins or jaws : RAPS
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Opponent of the Patriot Act, for short : ACLU
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Give a hand? : CLAP
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They have all the answers : KEYS
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Foot up : ADD

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