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New York Times, Saturday, December 29, 2001

Author:
Bob Peoples
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bob Peoples

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 27 Missing: {FJQXZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Peoples. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2001, The New York TimesNo. 1229 ( 19,044 )

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Students & seniors
Across
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Center's position : PIVOT
6
"Peanuts" character : SCHROEDER
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Obviously amazed : AGAPE
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Heaven : CLOUDNINE
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Game needs : RULES
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Massage therapists, e.g. : RELIEVERS
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Corrupt : TAINT
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Actress Gray and others : ERINS
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Hard to keep in stock, say : HOT
22
Obligation : ONUS
23
Candle holders? : CAKES
24
Bold competitor : ALL
25
Sing : NAMENAMES
27
Roosevelt brain truster Adolf : BERLE
29
Like some souls : SAVED
30
Dapper Dans : BLADES
31
Worn down : ABRADED
34
Orchestra section : BRASSES
35
Ready : PRIMED
36
Like tree leaves : VEINY
37
Delirious person, often : RAVER
38
Youth : SALADDAYS
42
Like Beethoven's Seventh Symphony : INE
43
Pilot's guidepost : PYLON
44
Turgenev's birthplace : OREL
45
Spock, e.g.: Abbr. : CDR
46
Kind of wrap : SARAN
47
Tooth trouble : DECAY
48
Alternative to a steak fry : ONIONRING
50
Practice : USAGE
51
Shot past? : TENNISACE
52
Banquets : DINES
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Made more attractive : SWEETENED
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Skittish move : START
Down
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"Steel Magnolias" co-star : PARTON
2
Galápagos Islands shore dweller : IGUANA
3
Calmer : VALIUM
4
Access provider : OPENSESAME
5
Makeup, e.g. : TEST
6
Jumped off the page, maybe : SCREAMED
7
Followed in Cratchit's footsteps : CLERKED
8
Sacred sites : HOLIES
9
Archaeologist's destination : RUINS
10
___ of Solomon (noncanonical book) : ODES
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It may have a window: Abbr. : ENV
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Irreconcilables : DIEHARDS
13
Program participant : ENROLLEE
14
Pacing, say : RESTLESS
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Gave up, slangily : CAVED
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2000 candidate : NADER
27
Unlikely to excite : BLAND
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"Down, boy!" : EASYDOESIT
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___ Boru, Irish king who defeated the Norse : BRIAN
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They may be in a jam : APRICOTS
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Just out : BRANDNEW
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Located along a large stream : RIVERINE
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Fit in : BELONGED
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Canopy curtain : VALANCE
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Mideast's ___ Desert : SYRIAN
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Secrets : ARCANA
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1947 sound-barrier breaker : YEAGER
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Least ingenuous : SLYEST
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Break down, in a way : PARSE
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Pet : SNIT
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They don't go off : DUDS
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Starting square : ONE

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

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