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IT'S NEXT TO NOTHING

New York Times, Sunday, February 19, 2006

Author:
Joe DiPietro
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe DiPietro

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 75 Missing: {JWZ} This is puzzle # 85 for Mr. DiPietro. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2006, The New York TimesNo. 0219 ( 20,557 )
Across
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Small turnover : SAMOSA
7
Careless : SLAPDASH
15
Gut feeling? : AGITA
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Preener's partner : PEAHEN
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Color similar to turquoise : NILEBLUE
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Shades : TONES
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"Now!" : ANDMAKEITSNAPPY
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Make into law : ENACT
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Stephen of "Breakfast on Pluto" : REA
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Thought some more about : SLEPTON
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Gas company known for its toy trucks : HESS
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Gas company known for its tiger slogan : ESSO
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Tiny ___ : TIM
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Ceremonial burner : CENSER
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Gob : TAR
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Crescent point : CUSP
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"A Passage to India" woman : ADELA
38
Bawdy : RACY
40
One way to chop peppers : FINELY
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For one : APOP
45
Certain turtle : SNAPPER
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One with a thin skin? : ONION
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"I'm not impressed" : BIGDEAL
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Jacket style : NEHRU
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"Make ___ away" : ITGO
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Vice : EVIL
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Cry of distress : SAVEME
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What the connected may have : ANIN
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The D.A. probably took it once : LSAT
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Dear ones : LOVES
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Graph component : YAXIS
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Pension recipient : RETIREE
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Afternoon hour in Italy : TRE
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Puts on a coat : PAINTS
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Bother : HASSLE
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Cartoon collectible : CEL
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Worked up : INASTIR
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It may be met or filled : QUOTA
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2002 Olympics venue : PROVO
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Musical opening : ACTI
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Gran Canaria, for one : ISLA
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Support : UPHOLD
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Blood designation, for short : ONEG
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Old sports org. featuring the Minnesota Kicks : NASL
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Florida Rep. ___ Hastings : ALCEE
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Theseus abandoned her : ARIADNE
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Fugard's "A Lesson From ___" : ALOES
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Not just lean : FATLESS
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Shelters : DENS
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"Yeah, right" : IMSURE
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Angelo's instrument : ARPA
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Trac II alternatives : ATRAS
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Off-white : ECRU
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It has nine figures: Abbr. : SSN
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Markets of yore : AGORAS
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Greeting of yore : AVE
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Carl Sagan's subj. : ASTR
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Popular insulator : MICA
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Dyemaking material : ANILINE
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Raiders' org. : DEA
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Old war story : ILIAD
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Debt cause : DEFICITSPENDING
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Describes : LIMNS
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"Just a little bite?" : ONETASTE
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Crumbly Italian cheese : ASIAGO
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Symbol of strength : STEEL
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Certain math sign : LESSTHAN
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Staggered : REELED
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Ancient military hub : SPARTA
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Work recounting Dido's suicide : AENEID
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Butterfly, e.g. : MADAME
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An omega stands for it : OHM
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Specialty of Russian painter Aivazovsky : SEASCAPE
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A joint that's hopping? : ANKLE
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Short cuts : SNIPS
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Leaves something behind : LITTERS
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Loser : ALSORAN
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___ Station : PENN
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Under the name of, as a co. : DBA
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Part of many stars' names : ALPHA
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A-one, or one living in 1-A, perhaps : SUPER
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Attention getters : HEYS
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Had a beef? : ATE
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Declined : GONESENILE
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Instantly : INASPLITSECOND
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P.I.'s : TECS
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Concerning : ASTO
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Poetic time of day : EEN
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Genetics, e.g.: Abbr. : SCI
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Use keys : TYPE
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Afternoon hour in Italy : UNO
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Dish out the beans? : LADLE
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Punishes, in a way : CANES
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Healthful dessert : FRUITSALAD
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Eastern discipline : YOGA
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Alliance created in 1948: Abbr. : OAS
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Not take risks : PLAYITSAFE
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Ikhnaton, for one : PHARAOH
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Automaker Maserati : ERNESTO
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"Hardly" : NOT
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Swig : BELT
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Actor Novello : IVOR
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"Be a little more patient" : GIVEITSOMETIME
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With 58-Down, common cake ingredient : VANILLA
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See 57-Down : EXTRACT
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Fire starter? : MIS
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Nothing that plays a prominent role in this puzzle : NIL
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Resting place : SPA
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Ad salesman, informally : REP
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"___ was saying …" : ASI
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March word : HUP
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Knotted up : EVEN
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Ticket choice : LOGE
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Character on "Frasier" : NILESCRANE
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Quite odd : QUEER
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Not just poke fun at : ROAST
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Santa in California : ANA
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Cartel city : CALI
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"___ Day" (1993 rap hit) : DRE
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Dash : ELAN
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Just partly : INASENSE
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See 92-Down : SPANISH
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The Arrow constellation : SAGITTA
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Coke's partner : RUM
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Michelin offering : RADIAL
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Get payback for : AVENGE
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Neptune, e.g. : SEAGOD
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Display : SCENE
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Vaults : SAFES
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Football Hall-of-Famer Merlin : OLSEN
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Splitting image? : RIP
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Something lent or bent, in a phrase : ANEAR
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Hurts : AILS
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Opening : SLIT
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Object of worship : IDOL
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Room to swing ___ : ACAT
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Cable alternative : DSL
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Letters within the theme entries that are, literally, next to nothing : ITS
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Quit working : DIE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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