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New York Times, Monday, December 29, 1997

Title setting for a Neil Simon play

Author:
Gregory E. Paul
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJKQVX} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 54 for Mr. Paul.
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© 1997, The New York Times12/29/97 ( No. 17,583 )
Across
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With gold trim : GILT
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Jewish text : TORAH
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Breakfast restaurant chain : IHOP
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Dr. Frankenstein's assistant : IGOR
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Scent : AROMA
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Taboo : NONO
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"Psycho" setting : BATESMOTEL
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Buttonhole : SLIT
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Elvis's Graceland, e.g. : ESTATE
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In dire ___ : STRAITS
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Sudden swelling : SURGE
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Contents of a playground box : SAND
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Radio tube gas : ARGON
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Aardvark's nibble : ANT
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Razz : TEASE
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Used : WORN
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Winslow Homer, e.g. : ARTIST
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Day in Jerusalem : YOM
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Nabokov heroine : ADA
40
Hooey : BLARNEY
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Bachelor's last words : IDO
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Stimpy's pal : REN
43
Emissary : LEGATE
44
Winged pest : GNAT
45
Jump out of the way : DODGE
47
Opposite WSW : ENE
48
Pick up on : SENSE
49
Replaceable shoe part : HEEL
51
Snares : TRAPS
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Dagwood's lady : BLONDIE
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Rag : TATTER
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Item often kept on hand? : MITT
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Title setting for a Neil Simon play : PLAZASUITE
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Hurler Hershiser : OREL
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Egg on : IMPEL
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Tear up : REND
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Yarborough of the Daytona 500 : CALE
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"Lorna ___" (1869 novel) : DOONE
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Slices of history : ERAS
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Taunt : GIBE
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Certain supermarkets, for short : IGAS
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Sen. Trent ___ : LOTT
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Benedict Arnold's crime : TREASON
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Bronco buster : TAMER
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Aztec treasure : ORO
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Go bad : ROT
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Iowa State University site : AMES
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Puts a stop to : HALTS
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Loony : INSANE
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"White Christmas" setting, 1942 : HOLIDAYINN
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"Put a lid ___!" : ONIT
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Partner of pans : POTS
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Flabbergast : STUN
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Threadbare : RATTY
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Auto repair shop : GARAGE
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Contest contestant : ENTRANT
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Obie, for one : AWARD
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Calgary Stampede, e.g. : RODEO
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Title setting for a 1932 Oscar film : GRANDHOTEL
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Hairdresser, at times : TINTER
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Fountain treats : SODAS
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Ham it up : EMOTE
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London libation : ALE
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Envision : SEE
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Run in the wash : BLEED
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Signal with the hands : GESTURE
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Not rough : GENTLE
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Hot tubs : SPAS
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Biochemical compound : LIPID
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Swift's "___ of a Tub" : ATALE
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Univ. hotshot : BMOC
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Money in Milan : LIRA
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"Sesame Street" Muppet : ELMO
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Bleacher feature : TIER
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Sicilian rumbler : ETNA
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Zinfandels : REDS
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Sgt.'s mail drop : APO
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Buddhist sect : ZEN

Answer summary: 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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