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New York Times, Thursday, December 30, 2004

66-Across : Danny of the N.B.A.

Author:
Kyle Mahowald
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Kyle Mahowald

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Mahowald.
Notepad: The three circled letters will spell a word that is missing from 14 answers in this puzzle.
Jim Horne notes:

The word RED is needed to complete LETTER DAYS, LOBSTER, SKELTON, HOT CHILI PEPPERS, HERRING, BLOODED, EYE SPECIAL, ANT, HEAD, ALERTS, SHIRT, BREAST, CENT and INK.

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© 2004, The New York Times12/30/04 ( No. 20,141 )

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Across
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Some student needs : LOANS
6
___ law : OHMS
10
Weed eradicator : NARC
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Admit wrongdoing : OWNUP
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Tip : LEAD
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On the safe side : ALEE
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Memorable times : LETTERDAYS
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Geese formations : VEES
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Title grp. in an ABC drama : NYPD
21
Some Balkans : SERBS
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Popular seafood chain : LOBSTER
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1950's-60's TV star : SKELTON
28
Cockeyed : ALOP
29
"The Odd Couple" role : OSCAR
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Reggae relative : SKA
32
Pick : SELECT
35
Luau doings : HULAS
37
Popular rock/rap/funk group : HOTCHILIPEPPERS
42
Deep sleep : SOPOR
43
Action star Steven : SEAGAL
44
Gambling site: Abbr. : OTB
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In 1492 it sailed the ocean blue : PINTA
49
Area next to the narthex : NAVE
50
False clue : HERRING
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Full of life : BLOODED
55
Draft holder : STEIN
56
Player of one of the Corleones : CAAN
57
Russian river : URAL
58
Discount coast-to-coast plane ticket : EYESPECIAL
64
Shine's partner : RISE
65
Good name for a DNA expert : GENE
66
Danny of the N.B.A. : AINGE
67
Ballpark amts. : ESTS
68
Quaker ___ : OATS
69
Mercury and Saturn : MAKES
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Equivalent of "ur 2 funny" : LOL
2
Need dough : OWE
3
Household pest with a fiery appearance : ANT
4
Kook : NUT
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Passed the buck? : SPENT
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Veteran : OLDPRO
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Lucille Ball, notably : HEAD
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___ Day : MAY
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60's protest org. : SDS
10
Pierced body part, sometimes : NAVEL
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Critical warnings : ALERTS
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Nike rival : REEBOK
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Corporate jet maker : CESSNA
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Alternative to white : RYE
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Wool wrap : SERAPE
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Respond angrily, with "out" : LASH
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Promise, for one : OLEO
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Take off quickly : BOLT
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Builder's guide : SPECS
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Atlantic fish : SCUP
27
Certain greens : KALES
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Hold aside, as a college athlete, to extend his eligibility : SHIRT
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Composer who had a long relationship with George Sand : CHOPIN
34
Easy two-pointer : TIPIN
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Joe of "Apollo 13" : SPANO
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Like "Lawrence of Arabia" : LONG
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"Yikes!" : EGAD
40
Talk crazily : RAVE
41
Go downhill : SLED
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"And I'm the queen of England" : OHSURE
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Popular game import from Russia : TETRIS
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Robin feature : BREAST
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Puts down : ABASES
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Stirs up : RILES
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Drink from a dish : LAP
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A wee hour : ONEAM
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Trifling amount, in a phrase : CENT
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Teamwork disrupter : EGO
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Pro vote : YEA
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Secretive org. : CIA
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Business loss : INK
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Geologic period : AGE
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Article that may go with berets : LES

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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