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New York Times, Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Engagement contracts, briefly

Author:
Alison Donald
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alison Donald

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 7 for Ms. Donald. NYT links: Across Lite
Notepad: The answers at 17- and 51-Across and 11- and 24-Down can all be defined by the same missing three-letter word. What is it?
Jim Horne notes:

The missing three-letter word is BUD.

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© 2007, The New York Times12/4/07 ( No. 21,210 )
Across
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Keen-edged : SHARP
6
Gave in : CAVED
11
___-a-cake : PAT
14
Chomping at the bit : EAGER
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Last Olds made : ALERO
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Corrida cheer : OLE
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See blurb : CLOSEFRIEND
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Cooking spray brand : PAM
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"When hell freezes over" : NEVER
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Grouch : GRUMP
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Not exactly insightful : OBTUSE
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Gung-ho sort : ZEALOT
27
Minty drinks : JULEPS
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Greg's sitcom mate : DHARMA
30
Oklahoma Indians : OTOES
31
Some earrings : HOOPS
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Slugger's stat : RBI
35
Hershey confection : KISS
36
Pasta is loaded with them : CARBS
37
Skier's transport : TBAR
38
"I do" : YES
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Four-page sheet : FOLIO
40
An ex of the Donald : MARLA
41
Martini garnishes : OLIVES
43
Shiny fabric : SATEEN
44
Regal fur : ERMINE
46
Brilliantly colored parrots : MACAWS
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Actress Gaynor : MITZI
48
Scarlett of Tara : OHARA
50
"Evil Woman" band, for short : ELO
51
See blurb : COMICABBOTT
57
Cornhusker State: Abbr. : NEB
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Special talent : KNACK
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Fashionably old-fashioned : RETRO
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Batiking need : DYE
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Doughboys : YANKS
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Thoroughly enjoy : EATUP
Down
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Trice, informally : SEC
2
"2001" computer : HAL
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In the past : AGO
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Counterpart of bus. : RES
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Engagement contracts, briefly : PRENUPS
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Cut up : CARVE
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"I cannot tell ___" : ALIE
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Zig or zag : VEER
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Directional suffix : ERN
10
For whom Sandy Koufax pitched : DODGERS
11
See blurb : POPULARBREW
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Texas shrine : ALAMO
13
Tantalize : TEMPT
18
Come clean, with "up" : FESS
22
Smash into : RAM
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Belly button type : OUTIE
24
See blurb : BLOSSOMTOBE
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Summer shirts : TEES
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Nukes : ZAPS
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Facetious : JOKY
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Day of "Pillow Talk" : DORIS
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Boxcar rider : HOBO
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In the pink : HALE
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Farm bundles : BALES
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Neighbor of Turkey : IRAN
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Place to moor : COVE
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"Later" : TATA
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Like a picky eater : FINICKY
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Like much of Poe's work : MACABRE
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Designer Claiborne : LIZ
43
___ Lee cakes : SARA
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Make corrections to : EMEND
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Life of ___ (ease) : RILEY
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Some big trucks : MACKS
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Mideast sultanate : OMAN
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Bumpkin : HICK
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___ lark : ONA
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Arthur of "The Golden Girls" : BEA
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Hall-of-Famer Mel : OTT
55
Play about Capote : TRU
56
Toy with a string : TOP

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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