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New York Times, Monday, December 30, 2013

Author:
David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Steinberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JX} This is puzzle # 21 for Mr. Steinberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David Steinberg notes:
I constructed this puzzle, my 100th New York Times submission, in June 2012. I'd seen several vowel progressions from around that time ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
While vowel progression themes have become fairly common (and warning: I have several more in inventory!), this is the first one I can ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Meaty start to the week, a vowel progression from David with an unusual grid pattern (not the first four-letter progression though!). ... read more
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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 1230 ( 23,428 )
Across
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Bird's "arm" : WING
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Pasta often baked with tomato sauce : ZITI
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Place to live : ABODE
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Birthright seller in the Bible : ESAU
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Mimicked : APED
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U.C.L.A. athlete : BRUIN
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___ of one's existence : BANE
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In some common women's office attire : PANTSUITED
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Embarrass : ABASH
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Lexicographer Webster : NOAH
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Good name for a garage mechanic? : OTTO
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What may lead to an emotional explosion : PENTUPANGER
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Command opposite to "gee" : HAW
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Blood component : PLASMA
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News, Post, Tribune, etc. : PAPERS
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Basketball officials, informally : REFS
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NW Indiana city : GARY
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Half-quart container : PINTMEASURE
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Sit for a painting, say : POSE
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L. Frank Baum princess : OZMA
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"Like I care!" : SOWHAT
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Gentlemen: Abbr. : MESSRS
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Unlock, in poetry : OPE
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Creamy French cheese : PONTLEVEQUE
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Trac II successor : ATRA
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___ Bora (former Taliban stronghold) : TORA
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Dutch-speaking isle in the Caribbean : ARUBA
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Gridiron runback : PUNTRETURN
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Lab container : VIAL
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Pass, as a law : ENACT
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"Green-eyed monster" : ENVY
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Villa d'___ : ESTE
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Seized vehicles : REPOS
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Card game played without twos through sixes : SKAT
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Protected, as horses' hooves : SHOD
Down
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Google Calendar, e.g., informally : WEBAPP
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Novelist Allende : ISABEL
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Refrain syllables : NANANA
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Whom hosts host : GUESTS
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Electrocute : ZAP
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Classic toothpaste brand : IPANA
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Carpentry piece inserted into a mortise : TENON
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Dog collar add-on : IDTAG
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___ Dhabi : ABU
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Verve : BRIO
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Highly unconventional : OUTTHERE
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Related to food intake : DIETARY
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Provides money for, as a scholarship : ENDOWS
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Generic collie name : SHEP
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Beehive sound : HUM
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Role : PART
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Pasta sauce brand : RAGU
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Score between a birdie and a bogey : PAR
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Comedian Philips : EMO
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Hat with a tassel : FEZ
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"Uncle ___ wants you" : SAM
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Afternoon office pick-me-up : POWERNAP
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Ending like -like : ISH
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___ tide : NEAP
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Identical : SAME
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Candidate for the Top 40 : POPTUNE
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Daytime drama, informally : SOAPER
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Schlep : TOTE
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Actress Mendes : EVA
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Starts of tennis rallies : SERVES
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Step on, as a bug : SQUISH
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Fluctuation of musical tempo : RUBATO
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Like an envelope that's ready to be mailed : SEALED
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Memoranda : NOTES
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Front of an elephant or back of a car : TRUNK
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Caterpillar stage, for example : LARVA
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Classic record label : ATCO
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N.F.L. linemen: Abbr. : RTS
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W.S.J. rival : NYT

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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