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New York Times, Monday, February 18, 2008

Free health and dental care, and then some

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 33 for Ms. Lempel. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2008, The New York Times2/18/08 ( No. 21,286 )
Across
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Bounce to the surface : BOBUP
6
Botch : FLUB
10
Sports equipment : GEAR
14
Belittle : ABASE
15
Least bit : IOTA
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Present opener? : OMNI
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Free health and dental care, and then some : LIBERALBENEFITS
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List of test answers : KEY
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Aviates : FLIES
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Limerick or sonnet : VERSE
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Luke's twin sister in "Star Wars" : LEIA
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Price ___ pound : PER
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Math symbol for extraction of a root : RADICALSIGN
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Pilot's stat. : ALT
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Warnings : ALERTS
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Entree in a bowl with beef or lamb, say : MEATSTEW
36
Pelvic bones : ILIA
37
Boat propeller : OAR
38
Clark's crush on "Smallville" : LANA
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"Hey, come back a bit" : NOTSOFAR
42
Enter en masse : POURIN
44
Where pigs wallow : STY
45
In limbo : LEFTHANGING
47
Wood-shaping tool : ADZ
48
Nays' opposites : AYES
49
Flair : STYLE
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Peppermint ___ of "Peanuts" : PATTY
54
Sombrero, e.g. : HAT
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Eyeglass option for different distances : PROGRESSIVELENS
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Early state in the presidential campaign : IOWA
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Reclined : LAIN
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Major artery : AORTA
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The Big Board: Abbr. : NYSE
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Doe's mate : STAG
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Winona of "Girl, Interrupted" : RYDER
Down
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Pitcher's faux pitch : BALK
2
New York theater award : OBIE
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One often needing a change : BABY
4
Take advantage of : USE
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"Couldn't be better!" : PERFECT
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Pertaining to a son or daughter : FILIAL
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Ear or leaf part : LOBE
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Four Corners-area Indians : UTES
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Prohibition : BAN
10
Errand runner : GOFER
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Dubai dignitary : EMIR
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Six-legged scurriers : ANTS
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Move skyward : RISE
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Fake identity : ALIAS
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Occurrence : EVENT
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Bygone Italian coins : LIRAS
24
Tour grp.? : PGA
25
Monsoon occurrences : RAINS
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Apportion : ALLOT
27
God or goddess : DEITY
28
Brainy : SMART
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Suffix with bombard : IER
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Trailblazing video game maker : ATARI
31
His tomb is in Red Square : LENIN
32
Banjo sound : TWANG
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Hits hard : SLUGS
37
Lummox : OAF
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Like 16 vis-à-vis 15, agewise : OLDER
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Turk's topper : FEZ
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Home viewing for a price : PAYTV
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Subscription period, often : ONEYEAR
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Loathing : HATING
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Aquatic plant life : ALGAE
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Pirouette : SPIN
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"Iliad" setting : TROY
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Cries after being burned : YOWS
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H.S. junior's exam : PSAT
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Where most of Russia is : ASIA
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Group of buffalo : HERD
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Prefix with chamber : ANTE
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Ruler before 31-Down : TSAR
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Ernie of the 24-Down : ELS
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Silver screen star Myrna : LOY

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

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