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New York Times, Saturday, December 6, 2008

Author:
Ashish Vengsarkar & Narayan Venkatasubramanyan
Editor:
Will Shortz
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153/5/20065/26/20114
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7101312
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.61011
Ashish Vengsarkar
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212/6/20088/30/20092
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1000001
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.50000
Narayan Venkatasubramanyan

This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 79, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Vengsarkar. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Venkatasubramanyan. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

As explained by 29 Down, the letters OR are missing from the ten starred theme clues.

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V
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I
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E
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W
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R
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O
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A
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M
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A
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S
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P
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N
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P
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K
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S
H
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V
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S
A
C
H
A
B
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R
O
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N
C
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T
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D
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O
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O
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O
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A
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P
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R
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I
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N
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D
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O
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N
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W
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R
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T
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D
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M
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C
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H
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D
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L
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D
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L
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R
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C
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D
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O
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T
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U
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H
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I
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P
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N
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S
C
H
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D
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L
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T
R
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M
H
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R
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© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 1206 ( 21,578 )
Across
1
*Panama : VIEW
5
Lack direction : ROAM
9
*Popular rest area : ASPEN
14
Aid in an emergency : ESCAPEKEY
16
Skin smoother : SHAVE
17
*Bat portrayer : SACHABARONCOHEN
19
Place for polish : TOE
20
Belafonte song opener : DAYO
21
Flour source : OAT
22
Stuff for the disposal : ORTS
23
Relief provider : ASPIRIN
27
Gifted person? : DONEE
29
___ Friday's : TGI
30
Choice that avoids choosing : NONE
31
Red or white nuts? : WINOS
32
Can : REAR
33
Something that takes its toll?: Abbr. : TPKE
34
Town on the IJsselmeer : EDAM
35
Perfume by burning : CENSE
36
In custody : HELD
37
Russian car make : LADA
38
Became an issue : AROSE
39
Writer of the five-volume biography "Henry James" : EDEL
40
Some college srs. take it : LSAT
41
"Desperate Housewives" co-star of Eva and Felicity : TERI
42
Call alternative : RAISE
43
Chair designer Aarnio : EERO
44
Job for un docteur : CAS
45
Beach flock : TERNS
46
New old man? : STEPDAD
48
"May I speak?!" : AHEM
49
Noted head-turner : OWL
50
Its liners have stars on them : ELAL
51
Cross character : TAU
54
*Sty for youngsters : THREELITTLEPIGS
59
Salad or sandwich request : NOOIL
60
Common 1040 attachment : SCHEDULEA
61
*Deal : TRIAL
62
Anti-resistance units? : MHOS
63
*Cal ___ : REEF
Down
1
Flotation device : VEST
2
Golfer Aoki : ISAO
3
Roman cry : ECCE
4
Baby's cry : WAH
5
Sales lure : REBATE
6
Sanctions : OKAYS
7
Like sports cars, briefly : AERO
8
Muscle: Prefix : MYO
9
Grp. concerned with royalty : ASCAP
10
*Male booster : SHOTINTHEARM
11
"Poppycock!" : PAH
12
Very early exile : EVE
13
Relief pitcher Robb : NEN
15
They hold services in the service : PADRES
18
"Don't even think about it!" : NOSIREE
22
*Words that come from clams : ONOMATOPOEIA
23
Career Golden Slam winner : AGASSI
24
Successfully lured : ROPEDIN
25
Dry, in a way : INKLESS
26
*Aid in tailing : NEEDLE
27
Played awhile onstage : DIDASET
28
How one might streak : ONADARE
29
Choir section ... and what are missing from the starred clues : TENORS
31
*Famous son : WELLES
32
Proof, say : REREAD
35
Jeer : CATCALL
42
Was apparently lit : REELED
45
Pre-Socratic philosopher : THALES
47
Stay : DWELL
48
Granting that, briefly : ALTHO
50
Create a lasting impression? : ETCH
51
Counter piece : TILE
52
Posthumous Pulitzer winner of 1958 : AGEE
53
Falcons' home: Abbr. : USAF
54
Rubble maker : TNT
55
Where the land meets the sky: Abbr. : HOR
56
Father of une princesse : ROI
57
Surreal ending? : ISM
58
Big name in water filters : PUR

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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