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New York Times, Monday, December 9, 2002

Makes a choice [and one more example of this puzzle's theme]

Author:
Sarah Keller
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Sarah Keller

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {BJKQXYZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 15 for Ms. Keller. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2002, The New York Times12/9/02 ( No. 19,389 )

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Approach with a question or remark : ACCOST
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Restaurant listings : MENU
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Sombrero, e.g. : HAT
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Riot participant, maybe : LOOTER
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Its symbol is Fe : IRON
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Bustle : ADO
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Metal fusers : SPOTWELDERS
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Solemn promise : VOW
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Capital on a fjord : OSLO
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Pas' mates : MAS
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Decorate : ADORN
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Stamp sellers : POSTOFFICES
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Crop growers : FARMERS
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Greek war god : ARES
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Sign before Taurus : ARIES
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When said three times, a dance move : CHA
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___ to one's word : TRUE
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Rams' mates : EWES
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Topper for 60-Across : LID
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Opposing group : ANTIS
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River to the Caspian Sea : URAL
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Dog or cat breed : MALTESE
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Be very responsive, as a car : STOPONADIME
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Gorge : CHASM
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Glacier composition : ICE
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Has debts : OWES
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Hockey great Bobby : ORR
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Kitchen vessels : POTSANDPANS
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Lawyer's payment : FEE
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Guitarist Clapton : ERIC
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Like many a grandparent : DOTING
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Part of F.D.I.C.: Abbr. : FED
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Possible result of nonpayment : REPO
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Six-line poem : SESTET
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Besides : ALSO
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Robbers' partner : COPS
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"Neato!" : COOL
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Conductor Klemperer : OTTO
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Emulate Betsy Ross : SEW
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It's earthshaking : TREMOR
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Central position : MIDST
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Before, to bards : ERE
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"... see hide ___ hair of" : NOR
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Risky : UNSAFE
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Mayhem : HAVOC
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Worship : ADORE
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Burgs : TOWNS
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Girl : LASS
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Aloof : DISTANT
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Mexican moolah : PESO
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Home to Honolulu : OAHU
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Kukla, ___ and Ollie : FRAN
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It may be tempted : FATE
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In ___ (aligned) : AROW
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Red, as an apple : RIPE
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Goofs : MESSUPS
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Fish-and-chips fish : COD
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Bris or confirmation : RITE
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√Čtats-___ : UNIS
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In ___ (actually) : ESSE
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Custard dessert : FLAN
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"___ 18" (Leon Uris book) : MILA
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It may be tall : TALE
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Toddler's jumpsuit : ROMPER
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Flexible mineral : MICA
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Changes, as the Constitution : AMENDS
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Scorn : SCOFF
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Full complement of Stooges or Wise Men : THREE
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Rowed : OARED
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Place to do the hustle : DISCO
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Makes a choice [and one more example of this puzzle's theme] : OPTS
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"Don't go yet!" : WAIT
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Feminine suffix : ENNE
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Army N.C.O. : SSGT
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Mine find : ORE
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Overturn : TIP
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John ___ : DOE

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

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