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New York Times, Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Author:
Chuck Hamilton
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Chuck Hamilton

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {Q} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Hamilton. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 0220 ( 21,288 )
Across
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Cause of a skin rash : ECZEMA
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Rug, so to speak : WIG
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Bugle tune : TAPS
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Quenched : SLAKED
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Very close friend, in slang : ACE
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Miner's entry : ADIT
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"Back to the Future" subject : TIMETRAVEL
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Guadalajara greeting : HOLA
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Police dispatch, for short : APB
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Hare Krishnas' wear : ROBES
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TV station, e.g. : AIRER
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Eastern way : TAO
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Old master's work : OIL
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Best suited : APTEST
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Marine raptor : ERNE
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Fans often have it : TEAMSPIRIT
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Moonshiner's setup : STILL
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Give a ticket : CITE
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___-cone : SNO
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Earthquake site : FAULTLINE
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Medium's claim : ESP
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Fraternal org. : BPOE
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Interior designer's focus : DECOR
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Flaky sort : SPACECADET
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Horror film staple : GORE
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Parts of a Christmas Eve service : CAROLS
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Court org. : NBA
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Hwys. : RDS
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Some doctoral exams : ORALS
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Simon Wiesenthal's quarry : NAZIS
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Opus ___ ("The Da Vinci Code" group) : DEI
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Defaulter's loss : REPO
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C-E-G triad, e.g. : MAJORCHORD
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Some Feds : TMEN
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___ disadvantage : ATA
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It can precede the first words of 17-, 28-, 35-, 47- and 61-Across : DOUBLE
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What matches are made of : SETS
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It may leave marks : POX
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Doesn't stick to the straight and narrow : STRAYS
Down
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Homes with electronic gates, maybe : ESTATES
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Some newsletter pictures : CLIPART
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Machine on a skating rink : ZAMBONI
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Barely make, with "out" : EKE
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Way around Paris : METRO
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Far from klutzy : ADROIT
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Hi sign? : WAVE
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Sews up : ICES
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Styling aid : GEL
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"Omoo" island : TAHITI
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Devoted fans : ADORERS
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Enters helter-skelter : PILESIN
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Opening of : STARTTO
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Having the right stuff : ABLE
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Stick on : APPEND
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Italian wine city : ASTI
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2003 Will Ferrell title role : ELF
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Made a scene? : ACTED
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Army, navy and air force: Abbr. : MIL
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Prada and Fendi : LABELS
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Food pkg. markings : UPCS
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Mauna ___ : LOA
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Brain scan letters : EEG
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Offerers of arms : ESCORTS
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"Puh-lease!" : SPAREME
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Defensive wall : PARAPET
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Spanish capital under the Moors : CORDOBA
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Not helter-skelter : ORDERLY
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Lives : RESIDES
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Parts of analogies : COLONS
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Automaker Ferrari : ENZO
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Alternatives to 'Vettes : TBIRDS
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Race site since 1711 : ASCOT
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Brussels-based org. : NATO
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It's "stronger than dirt" : AJAX
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War room fixture : MAP
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"Ben-___" : HUR

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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