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New York Times, Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Off-the-cuff response … and a hint to the answers to the four starred clues

Author:
Kenneth J. Berniker
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVWX} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Berniker.
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© 2006, The New York Times12/5/06 ( No. 20,846 )
Across
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Soprano Lehmann : LILLI
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The year 1003 : MIII
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Puzzle with a start and an end : MAZE
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Teamsters, e.g. : UNION
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Machu Picchu builder : INCA
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"I had no ___!" : IDEA
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*Where the Washington Nationals play : RFKSTADIUM
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Salty drop : TEAR
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Before, to bards : ERE
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Skip past : OMIT
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Orders with schmears : BAGELS
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Approach at a clip : DASHTO
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Not so genial : ICIER
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Pestle's partner : MORTAR
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"Ho ho ho" fellow : SANTA
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Notebook projections : TABS
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___ Stanley Gardner : ERLE
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Intense dislike : ODIUM
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When lunch might end : ONEPM
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Table scrap : ORT
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Sign of life : PULSE
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Forearm bones : RADII
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Carnivore's intake : MEAT
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Shows curiosity : ASKS
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Many a contract negotiator : AGENT
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Prove successful : PANOUT
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Montezuma, e.g. : AZTEC
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Lung: Prefix : PNEUMO
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Basketry fiber : RAFFIA
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Slave away : TOIL
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Pants part : LEG
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Folkie Guthrie : ARLO
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*Hospital diagnostic device : MRISCANNER
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Recipe instruction : STIR
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Milne bear : POOH
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Cut out : CEASE
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Publicist's job : HYPE
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Sigmund Freud's daughter : ANNA
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Lets up : EASES
Down
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Drew in : LURED
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Prefix with structure : INFRA
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Takes a shine to : LIKES
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___ Gatos, Calif. : LOS
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Completely : INTOTO
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Longish dress : MIDI
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Off-the-cuff response … and a hint to the answers to the four starred clues : INITIALREACTION
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Place for an R.N. : ICU
9
Metric feet : IAMBI
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*Engineer from Cambridge : MITGRADUATE
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"Zip-___-Doo-Dah" : ADEE
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Gung-ho feeling : ZEAL
13
Floppy parts of a dachshund : EARS
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Dean Martin's "That's ___" : AMORE
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Old Greek storyteller : AESOP
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*Gilbert and Sullivan classic : HMSPINAFORE
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King Minos, for one : CRETAN
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___ l'oeil : TROMPE
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Guitarist Lofgren : NILS
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Ivory source : TUSK
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Iowa State's town : AMES
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When said three times, a W.W. II film : TORA
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Word jumble: Abbr. : ANAG
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Eliot's "Adam ___" : BEDE
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Gaynor of "South Pacific" : MITZI
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Something to debate : TOPIC
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Loosen, as a corset : UNLACE
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Buccaneers' home : TAMPA
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Neighbors of 43-Across : ULNAS
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Ed of the Reagan cabinet : MEESE
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Cruel sorts : OGRES
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Calamine lotion target : RASH
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Too stylish, maybe : ARTY
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Page (through) : FLIP
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Fed. workplace watchdog : OSHA
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Director Howard : RON
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PBS funder : NEA

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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