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New York Times, Monday, December 28, 2009

Author:
Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 37 Missing: {FJQ} Scrabble average: 1.90 Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzlemakers This is puzzle # 69 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2009, The New York TimesNo. 1228 ( 21,965 )
Across
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Actor Washington who once played Malcolm X : DENZEL
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Org. for women on the links : LPGA
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Karl Marx's "___ Kapital" : DAS
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Mountain climber's tool : ICEAXE
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Got ___ deal (was rooked) : ARAW
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Mind reader's "gift" : ESP
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One word that precedes "pit," one that follows it : COCKANDBULL
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Had a bite : ATE
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Antlered animal : ELK
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Grieves : MOURNS
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Cereal advertised with a "silly rabbit" : TRIX
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"Slipped" backbone part : DISK
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"Don't tell ___ can't ...!" : MEI
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Sounds during medical checkups : AHS
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One word that precedes "key," one that follows it : ROOMANDBOARD
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By eyesight : VISIBLY
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Long-nosed fish : GAR
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Scottish refusal : NAE
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Infant bodysuit : ONESIE
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Countryish : RUSTIC
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"Let's call ___ day" : ITA
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W.W. II female : WAC
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Pregame morale builder : PEPTALK
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One word that precedes "play," one that follows it : DOWNANDDIRTY
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Suffix with pont- : OON
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Cartoonist Chast : ROZ
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With 13-Down, "super power" glasses : XRAY
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Ostrich or owl : BIRD
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Buckaroo ___ (movie character) : BANZAI
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Plains tribe : OTO
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Insect with a queen : ANT
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One word that precedes "hard," one that follows it : ROCKANDROLL
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"___ bin ein Berliner" : ICH
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Prepare cookies or chicken, e.g. : BAKE
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Egyptian temple site : KARNAK
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"Love ___ neighbor ..." : THY
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___-bitsy : ITSY
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Evaluate : ASSESS
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Chopped into small cubes : DICED
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Food-poisoning bacteria : ECOLI
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Prominent giraffe parts : NECKS
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Ringo's drummer son : ZAK
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Test : EXAM
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NBC host Jay : LENO
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Famed tar pits whose name is Spanish for "the tar" : LABREA
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Clipping, as shrubs : PRUNING
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Guys' mates : GALS
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Hole-making tool : AWL
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Start of a Christmas letter : DEARSANTA
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___ Spumante (wine) : ASTI
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See 50-Across : SPEX
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Ventriloquist's prop : DUMMY
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However, informally : THO
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Singer Kristofferson : KRIS
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Sudden : ABRUPT
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___ Kenobi of "Star Wars" : OBIWAN
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Fat substitute brand : OLEAN
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Risk taker : DARER
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Train track part : RAIL
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What a swabbie swabs : DECK
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Invalidate, as a check : VOID
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Fascinated by : INTO
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Fit for sailing : SEAWORTHY
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Hellish river : STYX
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Music store fixtures : CDRACKS
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Order from Domino's : PIZZA
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Silent assent : NOD
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Braying animal : DONKEY
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TV sports broadcasting pioneer Arledge : ROONE
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Book of maps : ATLAS
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"Sunny" egg parts : YOLKS
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Worms in a can, e.g. : BAIT
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1/36 of a yard : INCH
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Gravy vessel : BOAT
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Paul who wrote "My Way" : ANKA
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Actress Lupino and others : IDAS
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Slugger's stat : RBI
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B&O and Reading: Abbr. : RRS

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