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New York Times, Sunday, December 9, 2007

Author:
Patrick Blindauer
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Blindauer

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 75 Missing: {JKQZ} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Blindauer. NYT links: Across Lite
Notepad: Bonus puzzle: When this crossword has been completed, try to find the word ELF hidden in the grid 20 times, word search-style -- horizontally, vertically and diagonally in any direction.
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© 2007, The New York TimesNo. 1209 ( 21,215 )
Across
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Feed for cattle and horses : ALFALFA
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River or city of Maine : SACO
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E-5 in the U.S.A.F. : SSGT
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Fourth steps : FAS
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Bashes : SOIREES
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Control ___ (four-wheel-drive system) : TRAC
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Vessel lost at Pearl Harbor : UTAH
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Piz Bernina or Eiger : ALP
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Yuletide celebration : TWELFTHNIGHT
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Unwavering : RESOLUTE
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Decadent : EFFETE
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Clearing : OPENAREA
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Hindu queen : RANEE
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Not fair at all : RAINY
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Bingo call : BTEN
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Rock group with the 12-time platinum album "Hysteria" : DEFLEPPARD
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Some martyrs: Abbr. : STES
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Gorge : FEAST
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Swiss ___ : MISS
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Music center? : ESS
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Weena's fictional race : ELOI
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Marc Antony's love : AMOR
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Rolodex abbr. : TEL
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Like Narcissus? : SELFREFLECTIVE
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Popular Hispanic newspaper name : ELSOL
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Reposeful : ATEASE
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Longtime soap actress Jones : RENEE
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"Prince ___" ("Aladdin" song) : ALI
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Play analyzer : REF
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Year England captured Normandy at the Battle of Tinchebray : MCVI
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Kind of sweater : PULLON
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Fully functional : ABLE
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Actor Kilmer : VAL
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Last time? : SHELFLIFE
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1964 Beatles #1 hit : IFEELFINE
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Museum hanging : OIL
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Employee's move, for short : RELO
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Words from a promising individual? : ISHALL
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Ye follower : OLDE
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Samoa-to-Hawaii dir. : NNE
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Spitchcock : EEL
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Starters : ATEAM
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"Bald" baby : EAGLET
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Hail : GREET
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Classic outdoor winter toys : FLEXIBLEFLYERS
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Uganda's ___ Amin : IDI
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"Climb ___ Mountain" : EVRY
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One who's gone but not forgotten : AWOL
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Mag magnate : HEF
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___-plié (ballet move) : DEMI
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Personnel person : HIRER
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"___ homo" (declaration in John 19:5) : ECCE
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Bond's man? : IANFLEMING
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Ltr. carriers : ENVS
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Quasar co-discoverer Sandage : ALLAN
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Pope of 452 who met with Attila : STLEO
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Red-eye cause : INSOMNIA
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Burning : ARDENT
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Adam Sandler's "Spanglish" co-star : TEALEONI
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Precious cargo of legend : GOLDENFLEECE
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Mythical beast : ORC
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Seussian villagers : WHOS
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1988 Cy Young winner Hershiser : OREL
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Laundry worker : PRESSER
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Verb follower? : OSE
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Kind : SORT
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Ophthalmologist's concern : STYE
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Rolls : ROSTERS
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Sources of fall color : ASTERS
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Light, in a way : LOWFAT
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Repetitive exclamation from Shakespeare : FIEFIE
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Sen. Specter and others : ARLENS
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"Waiting for ___" (Odets play) : LEFTY
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Bash : FETE
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Certain flake : ASH
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Mushroom stems : STIPES
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Silver-colored : ARGENT
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Songwriter Sammy : CAHN
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Santa's reindeer, traditionally : OCTAD
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Never-failing : SUREFIRE
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Rickey Henderson record-breaking stat : STEALS
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Beetle juice? : GAS
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Edward O. ___, card-counting author of "Beat the Dealer" : THORP
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Zoological studies : FAUNAS
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Edits : ALTERS
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Words per minute, e.g. : SPEED
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Manx trait : NOTAIL
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Pin spots : LAPELS
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Eliminate : REMOVE
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"___ good cheer" : BEOF
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Actress Getty : ESTELLE
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Bolt : FLEE
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Stumbling sounds : ERS
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13, for Al : ATNO
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Air : MIEN
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Senior Saarinen : ELIEL
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Biblical strongman : SAMSON
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Dropping acid, say : ETCHING
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Evening person? : LEVELER
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Go kaput : FAIL
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First name in court fiction : ERLE
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Hanna-Barbera collectible : CEL
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Redenbacher of popcorn fame : ORVILLE
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Hero's hero : LEANDER
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Genesis shepherd : ABEL
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Forces in the water : FLEETS
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Grouch : PILL
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Craft often shown landing on three legs : UFO
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Old sports org. : AFL
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Let out : FREED
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Current with the wind : LEETIDE
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Metric foot : IAMB
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Geezer : FOGY
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Anatomical duct : ITER
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Voluptuous : SEXY
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Osaka O.K. : HAI
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Ailey and Toffler : ALVINS
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___ effort : EFOR
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___ clear : ALL
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Towering figure in French engineering : EIFFEL
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Carrie Chapman Catt, for one : FEMINIST
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Little wrigglers : LARVAE
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Baa maids? : EWES
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He-Man Woman-___ Club ("Little Rascals" group) : HATERS
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Link, as fingers of the hands : ENLACE
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Key of Dvorák's "New World" Symphony : EMINOR
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"Crimes of the Heart" playwright Beth : HENLEY
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Out of gear : INIDLE
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Firstborn : ELDEST
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John of "Rat Race" : CLEESE
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Constellation between Lynx and Hydra : CANCER
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Starts to make a scene? : ENTERS
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"Life ___ short ..." : ISTOO
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Brand under AMC Theatres : LOEWS
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"We Got the Beat" group : GOGOS
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"The Night Cafe" was painted there : ARLES
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Comic Sahl : MORT
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Frizzy coif : AFRO
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"Well, what have we here?!" : OHO
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Big inits. in news : NPR

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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