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New York Times, Thursday, February 17, 2005

54-Across : They fill pressing needs

Author:
Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQYZ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 41 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2005, The New York Times2/17/05 ( No. 20,190 )
Across
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Attention getter : PSST
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Former company with a globelike logo : PANAM
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Pronto : ASAP
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Start of a treasure hunt instruction : GOTO
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Bone cavities : ANTRA
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Area of expertise : LINE
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Mercutio and Roméo, in Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette" : AMIS
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Stay away : STEERCLEAR
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Makes a cross for, maybe : BLESSES
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Twisted, in a way : IRONIC
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React badly : BREAKOUTINARASH
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Like many a gen. or maj. : RET
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AOL, e.g. : ISP
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Catch : BAG
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"The ___ the Deal" : ARTOF
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Pro in the sticks : FER
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Popular Don : IMUS
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Digress : GOOFFONATANGENT
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___ prof. : ASST
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Unpleasant illness : POX
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Broadcasting : ONAIR
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Credit card no. : APR
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"Red state" grp. : GOP
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F.D.R. plan : TVA
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What "Pay Toll 1 Mile" implies : SLOWDOWNUPAHEAD
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Trojan leader who survived the fall of Troy : AENEAS
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Like a defendant : ONTRIAL
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They fill pressing needs : STEAMIRONS
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Powerful engine : VTEN
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Abba of Israel : EBAN
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C.I.A. director under Clinton and Bush : TENET
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Opposite of morns : EENS
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Sch. periods : SEMS
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Start of the year, to a 63-Across : ENERO
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Mex. title : SRTA
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Sports org. since 1916 : PGA
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Big tops : SOMBREROS
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Daggers : STILETTOS
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Where ships go : TOSEA
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Author John Dos ___ : PASSOS
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Get in the game : ANTEUP
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Event outlawed by intl. treaty : NTEST
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It may come after you : ARE
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Pasta topper : MARINARA
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___ nothing : ALLOR
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Tuscan city : SIENA
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Diarist Nin : ANAIS
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Bar in a cage : PERCH
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Rock climber's handhold : CRAG
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Solo racing boat : SKIFF
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Sonia of "Kiss of the Spider Woman" : BRAGA
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"Oh, sure!" : IBET
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Thomas Moore poem "___ in the Stilly Night" : OFT
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Quick message : FAX
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Starter: Abbr. : IGN
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Coyote, e.g. : MEATEATER
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Unpaired, as a chromosome : UNIVALENT
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Pricey set of strings : STRAD
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Like the prepositions in 23-, 35- and 46-Across : OPPOSITE
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Swed. butter? : NORW
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Kind of stock : NOPAR
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Grandfather of Enos : ADAM
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Artillery unit member : GUNNER
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Decides one will : OPTSTO
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Postal conveniences: Abbr. : SASES
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Not touch : LETBE
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When "S.N.L." ends : ONEAM
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Gradually removes : WEANS
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Who discovers the perfect crime : NOONE
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Sign of an allergy : HIVES
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TV chihuahua : REN
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Hush-hush grp. : NSA

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

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