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DROPPING THE BALL

New York Times, Sunday, December 30, 2001

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

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 78 Missing: {JVX} This is puzzle # 85 for Ms. Gorski. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2001, The New York TimesNo. 1230 ( 19,045 )
Across
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Where the Ishmaelites dwelled : ARABIA
7
Fluffy scarf : BOA
10
With 61-Down, start of a 1956 song title : QUE
13
Guy with a cool job? : ICEMAN
19
Gomer's TV ladyfriend : LOUANN
20
Green lights : OKS
21
In-flight info, for short : ETA
22
House of prayer : SHRINE
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"That's enough, I guess ..." : ITLLDO
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London resident : WESTENDER
26
Shoot one under : BIRDIE
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Like some new lawns : SODDED
28
Catty? : LEONINE
29
Kind of cannonball : HUMAN
30
Debussy's "Clair de ___" : LUNE
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Boatload : FREIGHT
32
Food science : DIETETICS
36
On the ball : SMART
38
Pays back : GETSEVENWITH
40
Eleanor in a Beatles hit : RIGBY
41
Poetic dusk : EEN
42
Jazz singer James : ETTA
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Philly team : SIXERS
46
German cathedral city : AACHEN
47
Silly Putty container : EGG
48
"Luck of the Draw" singer : RAITT
50
General assembly? : FIVESTARS
52
___-80 (classic computer) : TRS
53
Postpaid enc. : SASE
55
It's a piece of cake : PETITFOUR
57
Crackers : BATTY
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Chasms : ABYSSES
62
How some parents count as a warning : TOTHREE
63
Urban dwellings : ROWHOUSES
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When stratocumulus clouds are most common : WINTER
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"Everything's going to be OK!" : DONTWORRY
70
Devil dog : MARINE
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Ships' quarters : STEERAGES
73
Some draft picks : ONEAS
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Subdivision of a legion, in ancient Rome : MANIPLE
75
Back bones : SACRA
76
Whole : INTACT
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"Out!" : SCAT
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It may come with a key : MAP
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Gymnastics legend : KORBUT
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Expect : AWAIT
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Letters at Buckingham Palace : HRH
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Small types : AGATES
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Ninnies : SAPS
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Emulate Rembrandt : ETCH
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Bio stat : AGE
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Shocking : LURID
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The industrialized nations : FIRSTWORLD
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Packing : ARMED
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They're not on the guest list : INTRUDERS
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New pedometer reading : OOO
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Organ knob : STOP
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Hanker : YEARN
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They can make waves : OARS
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Certain drink orders : USUALS
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On the beach : ASHORE
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Some are famous : LASTWORDS
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___-taggle (motley) : RAGGLE
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Super dupers? : FRAUDS
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Declaration that leaves one in a bind? : IDO
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Market close : EER
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Oscar winner Jackson : GLENDA
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Numbers games : LOTTOS
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School of Buddhism : ZEN
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Filling pro, for short : DDS
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Child with responsibilities, traditionally : ELDEST
Down
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Noted boxing family : ALIS
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___-Rooter : ROTO
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Celebratory air : AULDLANGSYNE
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Son of Odin : BALDUR
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One leaving space : INDENTER
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Battery part : ANODE
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Mixing site : BOWL
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Danny who sang "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues" : OKEEFE
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Categorize : ASSORT
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Math abbr. : QED
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Colorado native : UTE
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Corn serving : EAR
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"Life ___ a dream" : ISBUT
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Mythical monster : CHIMERA
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Mercurial : ERRATIC
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Time to celebrate : MIDNIGHT
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Cuckoo : ANI
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Born, on the society page : NEE
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Cry heard shortly before 16-Down : TENNINEEIGHTSEVENSIXFIVEFOURTHREETWOONEITSTWOOOTWO
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"They'll never suspect me!" : HEH
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Gossip fodder : DIRT
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Delivery notice? : ITSABOY
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Good buddy : CBER
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Thesaurus wds. : SYNS
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Fulcrum locales : SEESAWS
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Quantity of data : MEGABIT
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Global commerce org. : GATT
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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" crew member : WES
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Audiophiles' purchases : TAPERACKS
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Relationships : TIES
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Inhaler user : ASTHMATIC
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Puente and Jackson : TITOS
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Before adjustments, as in statistics : RAW
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___ Park : ESTES
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Heap : TON
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Means ___ end : TOAN
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Andropov and Gagarin : YURIS
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See 10-Across : SERA
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B. & O. stop: Abbr. : RRSTA
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What a celebrant may do at 16-Down : SIPCHAMPAGNE
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Supersize : ENLARGE
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Boiled : SEETHED
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Letter opener : DEARSIR
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Scampered : RAN
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Miracle-___ : GRO
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Exam for a doc-to-be : MCAT
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Blown away : AWED
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Landlocked land : MALI
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Son of ___ : AGUN
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Celebration accessory : PARTYHAT
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Buds may be produced in them : BARS
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Bull markets : UPS
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"No more!" : THATSALL
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Exhaust : TIREOUT
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___ Frei, Chilean leader succeeded by Allende : EDUARDO
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Marshy area : FEN
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Thundered : ROARED
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Domineered, with "it" : LORDED
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Red-faced? : ROUGED
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Kind of rehearsal : DRESS
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Super power? : SURGE
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Georgia et al., once: Abbr. : SSRS
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Degrees for attys. : LLDS
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Stock exchange buy : SEAT
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Half of a 1955 merger: Abbr. : AFL
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Sellout sign : SRO
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Model Hurley, to friends : LIZ
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Fruity drink : ADE
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George W., to George : SON

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 7 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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