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New York Times, Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Author:
Greg Staples
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Greg Staples

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQVWXZ} This is puzzle # 21 for Mr. Staples. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2003, The New York TimesNo. 0226 ( 19,468 )
Across
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Composer whose music is often heard at graduations : ELGAR
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Word on some diplomas : MAGNA
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TV sked abbr. : TBA
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Take for a while : LEASE
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When the Boston Marathon is held : APRIL
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It comes with a charge : ION
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Nondefensive military move : FIRSTSTRIKE
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Shine, in product names : GLO
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High dudgeon : IRE
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Baby's ring : TEETHER
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There are six of these in the middle of 17- and 56-Across and 11- and 25-Down : CONSONANTS
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Razor brand : ATRA
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Hand or foot : UNIT
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"Well, well!" : ISAY
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Reassuring words : ITSOK
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High muck-a-mucks : BIGSHOTS
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Of the flock : LAIC
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Ending of the Bible : ETH
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Medium settings? : ORACLES
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Punishment, metaphorically : ROD
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Base tune : TAPS
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Garage figure : ESTIMATE
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Old-hat : PASSE
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Santa ___ (hot winds) : ANAS
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"Paradise Lost," e.g. : EPIC
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Roguish : ARCH
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Jam producer : BOTTLENECK
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Scam artist : SCHEMER
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1995 court V.I.P. : ITO
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Eastern way : TAO
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"Just do it," e.g. : CATCHPHRASE
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Lennon's lady : ONO
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Sun Valley locale : IDAHO
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Mirage sight : OASIS
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Theologian's subj. : REL
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Dot in the ocean : ISLET
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On the dot : SHARP
Down
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Tiny toymaker : ELF
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Hula hoop? : LEI
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Long-snouted fish : GAR
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Basketball stat : ASSISTS
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Back in? : RETRO
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Place for a pin : MAT
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Financing abbr. : APR
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Like sandpaper : GRITTY
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"Just do it" shoes : NIKES
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Away from the wind : ALEE
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Fix : TIGHTSCRAPE
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"10" music : BOLERO
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Eskimo garb : ANORAK
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Tour for Nicklaus : SENIORS
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"Mon Oncle" star : TATI
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1, 8 or 27 : CUBE
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"Step ___!" : ONIT
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Some adult education : NIGHTSCHOOL
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Dog star? : ASTA
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Emerging : NASCENT
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Capital of old Moldavia : IASI
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Crosby partner : HOPE
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Reveal accidentally : LETSLIP
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Future J.D.'s hurdle : LSAT
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Auricular : OTIC
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Knock flat : DECK
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Connors contemporary : ASHE
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Hanukkah item : MENORAH
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Flock leader : PASTOR
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Like federal tax laws : ARCANE
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From the heart? : AORTAL
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Sweat units : BEADS
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Group values : ETHOS
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Early 12th-century date : MCII
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Leader in a beret : CHE
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On a roll : HOT
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___ rule : ASA
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Lady's man : SIR
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Unproven ability : ESP

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

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