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WRITING LESSON

New York Times, Sunday, February 26, 2006

Author:
Randolph Ross
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Randolph Ross

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 134, Blocks: 79 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 86 for Mr. Ross. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2006, The New York TimesNo. 0226 ( 20,564 )
Across
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Constitution : CHARTER
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"___ 70's Show" : THAT
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Operating : INUSE
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"How dare they?!" : THENERVE
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Darn it : HOLE
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Uranium-exporting country : NIGER
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Infinitives … it's ___ : WRONGTOEVERSPLITTHEM
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Word we share : OUR
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Daily Planet worker : LOIS
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Reach : GOTO
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Beverage served with le dessert : THE
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More, in music : PIU
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Big fish, to a fisherman : KEEPER
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Paleontologist's discovery : BONE
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Frat party detritus : BEERCANS
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The passive voice ___ : ISTOBESELDOMLYUSED
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Agcy. once involved with fallout shelters : AEC
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Carrier with HQ in Tokyo : JAL
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Gift on "The Bachelor" : ROSE
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N.F.L. linemen: Abbr. : RTS
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Ambiguity ___ : ISMOREORLESSOK
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Trip planning org. : AAA
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Pub order, maybe : GUINNESS
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Rhetorical questions ... ___ : WHONEEDSTHEM
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Fantastic : UNREAL
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Author's desire : READERS
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Pope after John X : LEOVI
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Org. that rates members of Cong. : ADA
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C-worthy : SOSO
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Cold capital : OSLO
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Latin foot : PES
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Meshlike : NETTY
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___ Life ("Porgy and Bess" character) : SPORTIN
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1997 title role for Demi Moore : GIJANE
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Subject-verb agreement ___ : AREIMPORTANT
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One in the fast lane? : CARRACER
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Deface : MAR
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Contractions ___ : ARENTNECESSARY
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Show whose theme song is "Who Are You" : CSI
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Shortstop Chacon of the 1962 Mets : ELIO
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Malodourous room? : LOO
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84-Across airer : CBS
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Prepositions are not good ___ : TOENDSENTENCESWITH
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Sad poets : ELEGISTS
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Creator of "All in the Family" : LEAR
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Mule alternative : LOAFER
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Outworn : OLD
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Scratch (out) : EKE
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Not much : ATAD
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Daydreaming, say : IDLE
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Word said with a salute : AYE
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Exaggeration is among the ___ : ALLTIMEWORSTMISTAKES
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Put back at zero : RESET
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Ticked : SORE
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Toughened : ANNEALED
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Macho types : STUDS
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Proceed slowly : PLOD
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Reporter's purchase : NOTEPAD
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Vacuuming, e.g. : CHORE
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Setter : HEN
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Perspectives : ANGLES
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Comeback : RETORT
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Adviser of Capt. Picard on "Star Trek: T.N.G." : TROI
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When to call, in some ads : EVES
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M.L.K. Jr., e.g. : REV
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Seat of power : THRONE
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Inexpensive place to stay : HOSTEL
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Brand in a can : ALPO
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Bus. card info : TEL
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Ahead : INTHELEAD
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Bistro, informally : NITERY
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"I don't like it" : UGH
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Overlook, as someone's weaknesses : SEEPAST
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Fine furs : ERMINES
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Steadfast : TRUE
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Bowl-shaped pan : WOK
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They may be stroked : EGOS
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Receipt listings : ITEMS
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Mt. Rushmore State sch. : USD
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Apparel company Evan-___ : PICONE
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Round end? : BELL
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Part of a talk show staff : BOOKERS
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Work for a museum : CURATE
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Spanish eyes : OJOS
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Restaurant waiting areas : BARS
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Lecture badly : DRONEON
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In pieces : ASUNDER
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Abu Dhabi, e.g. : EMIRATE
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Creature in a Tennessee Williams title : IGUANA
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Cellular stuff : RNA
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Elusive swimmers : EELS
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Member of the flock : EWE
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Doo-wop syllable : SHA
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Piece of property : SOD
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Communication for the deaf: Abbr. : ASL
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Night school subj. : ESL
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Not hoof it, perhaps : HOPACAB
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Planes : EVENERS
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Lowest state? : MISERY
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Tree trauma : ROOTROT
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Jardin zoológico attraction : OSO
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Trainers treat them : SPRAINS
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Meanie : OGRE
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Comic's asset : TIMING
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Singer Sumac : YMA
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"The Facts of Life" actress : RAE
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Spike TV, formerly : TNN
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Cousin ___ of "The Addams Family" : ITT
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Collection agcy. : IRS
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Heifetz heard at Carnegie Hall : JASCHA
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Media handouts : PRESSKITS
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Big suits : CEOS
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"Don't have ___!" : ACOW
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Pgh. Pirate, e.g. : NLER
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Nabs : COLLARS
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Tiny start : SEEDLET
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Wings hit "___ In" : LETEM
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Formula One driver Fabi : TEO
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Lost on purpose : DIETED
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What a picador pokes : ELTORO
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Got warm : NEARED
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Bad boyfriends : CADS
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"Perhaps" : ILLSEE
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Do some fancy footwork : TOETAP
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Counterfeited : FAKED
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Spotted : EYED
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Hi-___ : RES
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What a soldier shouldn't be : AWOL
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"___ Angel" (Mae West movie) : IMNO
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Force : DINT
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Baton Rouge sch. : LSU
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Medium ability? : ESP
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Whip : TAN
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___ king : ALA

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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