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AIN'T HE SWEET?

New York Times, Sunday, December 25, 2011

Author:
Elizabeth C. Gorski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Elizabeth C. Gorski
Gingerbread man

This puzzle:

Rows: 23, Columns: 23 Words: 180, Blocks: 99 Missing: none – this is a pangram. Grid has mirror symmetry. Scrabble average: 1.70 This is puzzle # 190 for Ms. Gorski. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2011, The New York TimesNo. 1225 ( 22,692 )
Across
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Arthur Honegger's "A Christmas ___" : CANTATA
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Staring intently : AGAZE
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"Scrooged" actor Robert : MITCHUM
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Add a musical track to, e.g. : OVERDUB
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Destroyed : INRUINS
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Noted bride of 1969 : YOKOONO
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Model for an art class, say : BAREALL
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"Stop stalling!" : DOITNOW
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Approach like an eagle : SWOOPIN
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Baptism, e.g. : RITE
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Kid's block : LEGO
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Cozy footwear : MOC
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"I could ___ horse!" : EATA
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Japanese stringed instrument : KOTO
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Journalist Joseph : ALSOP
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Clearly happy : ALLSMILES
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Goes for the gold? : MINES
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Spice organizers : RACKS
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Lose intensity : ABATE
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Fencing position : SIXTE
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Crunchy snack bit : CORNCHIP
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Storage units : BYTES
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Piccadilly movers : TRAMCARS
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Roman "olive" : OLEA
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"Make ___!" : ITSO
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"Unto us ___ is given" : ASON
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Salt flats locale : UTAH
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Carnivore's love : REDMEAT
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Components : FACTORS
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Getaway planner? : CAPTIVE
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Newfangled : MODERN
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Actress Andie : MACDOWELL
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Like some lines : DOTTED
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Pola of the silents : NEGRI
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Decoration on a 91-/100-Across : ICING
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Mistreat : ABUSE
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Predispositions : BENTS
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Score after deuce : ADIN
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"Hairspray" role : EDNA
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Young business partner? : ERNST
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Bay Area airport, in shorthand : SFO
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With 100-Across, image revealed by connecting the circled letters alphabetically : GINGERBREAD
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Mozart's birthplace: Abbr. : AUS
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"Miracle on 34th Street," e.g. : MOVIE
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Medium skill : ESP
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See 91-Across : MAN
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Cold war fighter : MIG
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2001 film in which 91-/100-Across is a character : SHREK
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Horsed around? : TROTTED
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Shake up : AGITATE
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Special ___ : EFFECTS
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Chess champ Mikhail : TAL
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"Honey in the Horn" trumpeter : HIRT
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"___ framed!" : IWAS
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Some toy batteries : AAS
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Beta preceder : PHI
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Tone quality, in music : TIMBRE
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Stuck : INAFIX
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Wall St. deal : LBO
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Singer Mitchell : JONI
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Bronx and Central Park attractions : ZOOS
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___ good turn : DOA
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Prepare, as eggnog : STIR
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Partridge's preferred tree : PEAR
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Navigational aid : STARMAP
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Fictional planet in "Flash Gordon" : MONGO
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"Incidentally ..." : BYTHEBY
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Drive-thru sandwich order : MCRIB
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Crudités platter centerpiece : CHEESEDIP
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Delicious : TASTY
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Org. in Tom Clancy novels : CIA
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Maternity ward figures : NEWMOMS
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Coffee order : NOSUGAR
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Stipulations : IFS
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Pacino and Bundy : ALS
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Eponymic town of Cambridgeshire : STILTON
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Mediterranean capital : TRIPOLI
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Skip across the water's surface : DAP
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Certain pass: Abbr. : TKT
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Radio abbr. : KHZ
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Guinness suffix : EST
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1-Down's warning : SSS
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Mandatory coll. course : REQ
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Capt.'s guess : ETA
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Hooded menace : COBRA
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Benefit : AVAIL
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"Drat!" : NERTS
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91-/100-Across, often : TREEORNAMENT
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Nabokov novel : ADA
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Rock's Jethro ___ : TULL
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Proficient : ABLE
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Year in San Juan : ANO
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"The Little Mermaid" fellow : GRIMSBY
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Cafeteria variety : AUTOMAT
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Mineral in healing crystals : ZINCITE
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Rocker Brian : ENO
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Video game island : MYST
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W.W. II battleship : IOWA
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Ref's decision : TKO
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Aid for making a 91-/100-Across : COOKIECUTTER
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Cyclist's offer : HOPON
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Merge : UNITE
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Vintage records : MONOS
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Fan's fixation : IDOL
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Popeye's ___' Pea : SWEE
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Fun-house sounds : GASPS
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Elves, to Santa: Abbr. : ASSTS
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___-12 : PAC
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Part of many a science course : LAB
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"___ Misérables" : LES
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'70s TV production co. : MTM
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Mao contemporary : CHIANG
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"Santa Baby" singer : KITT
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Camaro ___-Z : IROC
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Paradise : XANADU
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Bulbous plant part : CORM
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Butter alternative : OLEO
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Actor Foxx : REDD
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Bickering : ATIT
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High praise : RAVE
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Storage unit : SHED
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Friend ___ friend : OFA
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Deaf talk: Abbr. : ASL
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You are: Sp. : ERES
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Serving well? : ACING
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Public health agcy. : CDC
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French pronoun : TOI
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Have : OWN
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Composer Max : REGER
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Sit still? : POSE
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Calf-length dresses : MIDIS
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Hawaiian porch : LANAI
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Stormed : RAGED
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Star of "Gunsmoke"? : BADGE
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Cellar, in classifieds : BSMT
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Get an ___ effort : EFOR
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De ___ (anew) : NOVO
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How Santa's reindeer are harnessed : INPAIRS
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Slights, say : DEMEANS
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Buster? : NARC
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Winter bird feeder food : SUET
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Terse reproofs : TSKS
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Radiate : EMIT
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Mob turncoat : RAT
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___ B'rith : BNAI
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Cousin ___ : ITT
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Californie, e.g. : ETAT
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Tunisian seaport : SFAX
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Males : HES
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16th-century monarch credited with presenting 91-/100-Acrosses to guests : ELIZABETH
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Sr.'s test : GRE
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Light head? : TWI
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"The 91-/100-Across," for one : FAIRYTALE
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"John Adams" airer : HBO
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Plopped down on Santa's lap, e.g. : SAT
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Slumber party togs : PJS
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Relaxer for Santa : HOTMILK
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Recovering after injury, say : INACAST
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Swab : MOP
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White lie : FIB
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Small boat danger : LEETIDE
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Some pudginess : BABYFAT
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Arm extension? : ORY
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Sale item abbr. : IRR
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Fails to : DOESNT
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Carry-___ : ONS
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Spies, e.g. : AGENTS
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Chem. class measures : PHS
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Capital of Belarus : MINSK
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Boss's notes : MEMOS
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Bouquets : ODORS
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Iraq's Aziz : TARIQ
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Roman 950 : CML
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Table d'___ : HOTE
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Nile deity : ISIS
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Baby boxer, e.g. : PUP
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Bopper : CAT
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Maven : WIZ
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Brit's oath : GOR
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Masseur employer : SPA

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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