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New York Times, Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Kind of ladder exemplified by the answers to the seven starred clues

Author:
Elizabeth C. Gorski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Elizabeth C. Gorski

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {MQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 159 for Ms. Gorski. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2008, The New York Times2/13/08 ( No. 21,281 )
Across
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*Salad partner : SOUP
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Velvety bloomer : PANSY
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Dreaded prom night sight : ACNE
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River of Tuscany : ARNO
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Graff of stage and screen : ILENE
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*Takeover : COUP
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Cat's gripper : CLAW
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Violin, viola and cello : STRINGTRIO
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Hitchcock thriller : ROPE
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*Pen : COOP
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Half-and-half quantities : PINTS
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Mail at contest central : ENTRIES
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*Cote calls : COOS
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Sound from a frying pan : SSS
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Monastery title : FRA
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Place brushed by a barber : NAPE
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Sprites in bottles? : SODAS
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Bad marks : BLOTS
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Knickers wearer : LAD
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From 1- to 67-Across : THEWHOLESHEBANG
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Some A.L. sluggers : DHS
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Jong who wrote "Sappho's Leap" : ERICA
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Woodcutter's tool : WEDGE
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Many a turban wearer : SIKH
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Toll rd. : TPK
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Sleek runway model? : JET
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*Sleep lab purchases : COTS
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Lawn care tool : AERATOR
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Sinuous dances : HULAS
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*Salon styles : CUTS
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Drink to excess : TOPE
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Aida and Norma, notably : OPERAROLES
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Chicago's Dan ___ Expressway : RYAN
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Kind of ladder exemplified by the answers to the seven starred clues : WORD
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Backspace over text : ERASE
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Astronomy's ___ cloud : OORT
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Finishes, as cartoon artwork, with "in" : INKS
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Blows off steam : VENTS
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*Fanatics : NUTS
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Paris's ___-Coeur Basilica : SACRE
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Sock material : ORLON
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Not suitable : UNAPT
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Buzzer on "This Old House" : POWERSAW
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Last sign : PISCES
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Some saxophones : ALTOS
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Charles Laughton's role in "The Sign of the Cross" : NERO
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Sassy one : SNIP
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It's issued by the Nippon Ginko : YEN
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Director's order : ACTION
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Summer side dish : CORNSALAD
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When the stars come out in Paris : NUIT
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Long narrative poem : EPOS
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Mail ctr. : GPO
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Joe Jackson's "___ Really Going Out With Him?" : ISSHE
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Like J.F.K.: Abbr. : CATH
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Dandruff bit : FLECK
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Monte ___, highest point in the Pennine Alps : ROSA
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Twinge : PANG
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Beat (out) : EDGE
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Norms: Abbr. : STDS
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"I didn't think you'd be here ..." : OHHI
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Hotel front person : DESKCLERK
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It might be on one's radar : BLIP
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Storm drain, e.g. : SEWER
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Scraps for Spike : ORTS
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Particle accelerator : BETATRON
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Collectors' collections : HOARDS
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James and Jackson : JESSES
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Airport org. : TSA
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Event in 1940s-'50s headlines : ATEST
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Conclusion of "Happy Birthday" : TOYOU
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Eye-popping canvases : OPART
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They're high in Manhattan : RENTS
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"Oh, ___ Love Jesus" (hymn) : HOWI
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Apprised of : UPON
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Curriculum part : CORE
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___ Bator : ULAN
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Increase, with "up" : REV

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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