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New York Times, Thursday, December 31, 2009

Author:
Frank Longo
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Frank Longo

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 37 Missing: {Z} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 90 for Mr. Longo. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2009, The New York TimesNo. 1231 ( 21,968 )
Across
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Small drafts : SIPS
5
Vice president after Breckinridge : HAMLIN
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Govt. media monitor : FCC
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Return from a mountain? : ECHO
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Dreadful, old-style : UGSOME
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Mauna ___ : LOA
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Person making firm decisions : CHAIRMANOFTHEBOARD
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Wasn't up : SLEPT
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Bobby-___ : SOXER
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"Different strokes for different folks" : TOEACHHISOWN
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Radius, e.g. : BONE
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Intensely interested : AGOG
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Vujacic of the Los Angeles Lakers, who's nicknamed "The Machine" : SASHA
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Cup holders? : BRAS
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Alternatives to cups, in dessert orders : CONES
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Something to throw on the BBQ : PATTY
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Salute in stanzas : ODE
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Mental figures : IQS
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Click of condescension : TSK
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On the authority of : PER
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It's nothing new, with "the" : USUAL
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Not worthless : OFUSE
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Pirate Lafitte : JEAN
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Country statistics : AREAS
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Maestro Klemperer : OTTO
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Parris Isl. outfit : USMC
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1960s sitcom set at a camp : HOGANSHEROES
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Chew out : SCOLD
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Place to escape to : HAVEN
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Storybook group residing in this puzzle? : THREELITTLEPIGS
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It has a very large bed : SEA
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"Niagara" star, 1953 : MONROE
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Plot piece : ACRE
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Athena's symbol : OWL
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Pachacuti's people : INCANS
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Be in a certain mood? : WERE
Down
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See 58-Down : SEC
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Potsdam pronoun : ICH
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Multistep process starter : PHASEONE
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Green crops cultivated for fodder : SOILAGE
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Snorts of disdain : HUMPHS
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She created Hercule : AGATHA
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Alternative to AOL or Juno : MSN
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Bath bathroom : LOO
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Global lending org. : IMF
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Cross-court items? : NETS
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Limb bender : FLEXOR
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Detroit venue for sporting events and concerts : COBOARENA
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Training groups : CADRES
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It's done for fun, for short : REC
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It's done for fun : HOBBY
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___ Bell : TACO
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Psalm start : OGOD
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AOL or Juno : ISP
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"Big deal" : SOWHAT
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D.C. diamond squad : NATS
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Granny, to a great-aunt : SIS
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Ref's call : TKO
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Thick-shelled seafood selection : QUAHOG
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Tony-winning "Spamalot" actress Ramirez : SARA
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Shelve for a while : PUTONICE
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City in Padua province : ESTE
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Antique autos : REOS
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Cry when you've had enough : UNCLE
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"Live Free or Die Hard" director Wiseman : LEN
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What Fido "shakes hands" with : FOREPAW
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To a T : JUSTSO
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Abstain from : ESCHEW
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Unconcerned with scruples : AMORAL
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"Punk'd" host Kutcher : ASHTON
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Some are bituminous : SHALES
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Brink : EVE
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With 1-Down, moderately sweet, to a vintner : DEMI
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Hoops coach Kruger : LON
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Magazine with an annual "500" : INC
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La-la lead-in : TRA
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[Mumble, mumble] : GRR
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"Comprende?" : SEE

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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