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New York Times, Monday, February 11, 2008

Author:
Ken Bessette
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ken Bessette

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {KQVX} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Bessette. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 0211 ( 21,279 )
Across
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Black-bordered news item : OBIT
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Anne of "Wag the Dog" : HECHE
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Dull-colored : DRAB
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Internet connection at a restaurant or airport : WIFI
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Fanfare : ECLAT
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Seized vehicle : REPO
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Snoop : NOSEAROUND
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Height: Prefix : ACRO
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Steak that a dog might end up with : TBONE
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"Huckleberry Finn" author : TWAIN
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Wet mascara worry : SMEAR
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Felix and Oscar, with "the" : ODDCOUPLE
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Bathroom powder : TALCUM
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Wyatt of the Wild West : EARP
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Magazine V.I.P.'s : EDS
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1980s video game with a maze : PACMAN
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Down, usually, on a light switch : OFF
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Carouse : PAINTTHETOWNRED
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Golf peg : TEE
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Boxed stringed instrument : ZITHER
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"___ solemnly swear ..." : IDO
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Ax or awl : TOOL
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Judicial assertion : DICTUM
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Symbol of purity : SNOWWHITE
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Figure of speech : TROPE
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Wall art : MURAL
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Mutual of ___ : OMAHA
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"Gotcha," to a beatnik : IDIG
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Want ad heading ... or a hint to the starts of 17-, 25-, 38- and 49-Across : JOBOPENING
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Queue : LINE
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More than steamed : IRATE
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March Madness org. : NCAA
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Brain readings, for short : EEGS
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Parceled (out) : METED
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Safecracker : YEGG
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To have and to hold : OWN
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Life story, for short : BIO
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Conditions : IFS
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Men's fashion accessory : TIETAC
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Submarine sandwich : HERO
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Commercial prefix with Lodge : ECONO
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Informed, with "in" : CLUED
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___ Solo of "Star Wars" : HAN
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Flight board info: Abbr. : ETD
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Use, as past experience : DRAWUPON
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CliffsNotes version : RECAP
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"___ Love," 1957 #1 hit by 13-Down : APRIL
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Singer Pat : BOONE
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Brusque : ABRUPT
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The Blue Jays, on a scoreboard : TOR
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Rung : STEP
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Furious with : MADAT
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Pitcher of milk? : ELSIE
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John Donne's "___ Be Not Proud" : DEATH
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Went by dugout : CANOED
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Passover bread : MATZOH
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Spicy dish that may have a fire-alarm rating : CHILI
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Encountered : MET
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___-Lay (snack company) : FRITO
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At the end of one's patience : FEDUP
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Take-home pay : NETWAGES
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Squirm : WRITHE
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Capitol's top : DOME
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Bird that hoots : OWL
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Crevice : CRANNY
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Photographer's request : SMILE
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Peep show flick : NUDIE
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Circular gasket : ORING
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Go ___ for (support in time of need) : TOBAT
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Overact : EMOTE
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Copied : APED
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Huck's raftmate : JIM
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Metal from a mine : ORE
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Sno-cone filler : ICE
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Re-re-re-remind : NAG
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Respond to a really bad joke, maybe : GAG

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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