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New York Times, Saturday, December 29, 2007

Author:
Bob Klahn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bob Klahn

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 24 Missing: {JKQZ} This is puzzle # 54 for Mr. Klahn. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

This is generally considered to be the most difficult puzzle of 2007.

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© 2007, The New York TimesNo. 1229 ( 21,235 )
Across
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Modesty preserver, in some films : BUBBLEBATH
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"___ wondrous pitiful": "Othello" : TWAS
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Old form of Italian musical drama : OPERASERIA
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"___ Nobody" (1983 Chaka Khan hit) : AINT
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Public appearance preparers : ADVANCEMEN
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Introduction to Chinese? : INDO
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Pixar's first feature-length film : TOYSTORY
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Finger or toe : DACTYL
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Mass appeals: Abbr. : SERS
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You may be lost in the middle of it : NOWHERE
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McKinley's first vice president : HOBART
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It has a smaller degree of loft than a mashie : FOURIRON
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Cupule's contents : ACORN
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Sparkling : WITTY
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List in a book's front: Abbr. : TOC
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Like racehorses : SHOD
32
Spanish city that gave sherry its name : XERES
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___ Harker, heroine of "Bram Stoker's Dracula" : MINA
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Rocket datum: Abbr. : ALT
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Where to pick up dates? : PALMS
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Fall production : CIDER
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Rich mine or other source of great wealth : GOLCONDA
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Shuffles : MOSEYS
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Margay cousins : OCELOTS
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Siege site : FORT
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Mountain sheep : ARGALI
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Initiations : BAPTISMS
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Graffitists' scrawls : TAGS
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Unexpected turn of events, as in a literary work : PERIPETEIA
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Puts away : ICES
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See-through sheets : PLATEGLASS
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Banks of note : TYRA
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Grant's position in presidential history : EIGHTEENTH
Down
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Shell, e.g. : BOAT
2
Hair-raiser? : UPDO
3
Bunch : BEVY
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Uniform armband : BRASSARD
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You can make light of it : LANTERN
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Squire : ESCORT
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Draft picks : BEERS
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Private group : ARMY
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Even numbers : TIE
10
Fliers, e.g. : HANDOUTS
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Meditative exercise : TAICHI
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End-of-year festival : WINTERTIDE
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"Common Nonsense" author, 2002 : ANDYROONEY
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Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concern : STOLENCARS
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Catawampus : AWRY
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Scoring units : NOTES
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Tries something : HASAGOATIT
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Mob rule : OCHLOCRACY
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One running for work? : BOOTLEGGER
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Latin land descriptor : FIRMA
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Joins : WELDS
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Scolding wife: Var. : XANTIPPE
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Handle incorrectly? : MISTITLE
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Price-manipulating group : POOL
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Retinue : CORTEGE
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Top-of-the-line : CLASSA
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Rug rat : MOPPET
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It may be blind : FAITH
43
Gasconade : BRAG
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Name equivalent to Hans or Ivan : SEAN
45
Tear up : MIST
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Military band : SASH
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Father of Hophni and Phinehas, in the Bible : ELI

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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