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New York Times, Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Author:
Doug Peterson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Doug Peterson

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QVZ} This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Peterson. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 1230 ( 21,602 )

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Pretense : SHAM
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Big name in grills : WEBER
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Youngster : TYKE
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Actress Petty : LORI
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Light on one's feet : AGILE
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Commuter option : RAIL
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Slugger Rodriguez : ALEX
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Foaming at the mouth : RABID
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Nocturnal hunters : OWLS
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Incentive aimed at golden agers : SENIORDISCOUNT
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Massachusetts tourist spot : HYANNIS
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Bit of work : ERG
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Powerful Pontiac : GTO
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Key element : LINCHPIN
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Chocolate-coated candy : JUNIORMINTS
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Hubbub : ADO
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Before too long : ANON
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Laptop key : ESC
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Margarine : OLEO
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Modern navigational aid, for short : GPS
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1949 Orson Welles film : THETHIRDMAN
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Easy dupes : SCHNOOKS
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Thoroughfare : WAY
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School of thought : ISM
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Designed to increase traction : NONSLIP
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Ivan Turgenev novel ... and a hint to 20-, 31- and 40-Across : FATHERSANDSONS
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Squander : BLOW
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Ammo unit : ROUND
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Sicilian hot spot : ETNA
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Norse trickster : LOKI
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In readiness : ONICE
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Power co. : UTIL
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Clinical study : TEST
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Marathon handout : WATER
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Look to be : SEEM
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Reduce drastically, as prices : SLASH
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Needing darning, maybe : HOLEY
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Fight site : ARENA
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Adding, as an ingredient : MIXINGIN
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Samurai, e.g. : WARRIOR
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Antiquated exclamation : EGADS
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Nickname of Israel's Netanyahu : BIBI
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Some Ivy Leaguers : ELIS
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Insignificant amount : REDCENT
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Slop container : TROUGH
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Sign of fatigue : YAWN
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"Braveheart" getup : KILT
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Overhead RRs : ELS
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Not duped by : ONTO
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Tolkien brutes : ORCS
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Most of Santa's mail : LISTS
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Creep (along) : INCH
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Conceal in the hand : PALM
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"What's the big ___?" : IDEA
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Midday : NOON
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Sporty cars, briefly : JAGS
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Potentially offensive : UNPC
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Light snack : NOSH
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Humbly patient : MEEK
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He devised the Trojan horse : ODYSSEUS
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Nonsense, to a Brit : TOSH
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Where touch typists begin : HOMEROW
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"Hmmm ..." : IWONDER
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Cape Town currency : RAND
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Chowderhead : NITWIT
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Jack of "Twin Peaks" : NANCE
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Tony winner Lenya : LOTTE
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Certain navel : INNIE
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Song of David : PSALM
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Arctic mass : FLOE
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"Thumbs-up" responses : AOKS
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Barrett or Jaffe : RONA
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Spades, for example : SUIT
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Diner order, briefly : BLT

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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