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New York Times, Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Author:
Ruth B. Margolin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ruth B. Margolin

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Margolin. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Ruth B. Margolin notes:
I am quite excited to have my first puzzle published, and what began as a lark has become an engaging hobby. I solve the puzzle daily, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Beautiful debut puzzle today, absolutely loved it. I'm not sure I've ever seen a debut I've liked quite this much, given its fun ... read more
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0226 ( 23,486 )

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Across
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Fare in "blankets" : PIGS
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Do the Wright thing? : AVIATE
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Half-___ (coffee order) : CAF
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In a frenzy : AMOK
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Bahamas cruise stop : NASSAU
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South American cruise stop, for short : RIO
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Journalists covering abstract art? : CUBISTREPORTERS
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Coriander, for one : SPICE
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Cry with a fist pump : YES
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Hill staffers : AIDES
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"Mob Wives" star Big ___ : ANG
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Aim high : ASPIRE
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Help from a jerk? : POMPOUSASSIST
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"... cup ___ cone?" : ORA
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Model plane, e.g. : REPLICA
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Like steak tartare : RAW
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Letters on a radial : PSI
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Sheer curtain fabric : VOILE
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Medium for short-lived sculptures : ICE
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Ages and ages : EON
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Typists' copies, once : CARBONS
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___-devil : SHE
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Canned tuna without mayo? : STARKISTNAKED
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The Scourge of God : ATTILA
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Like one texting :-( : SAD
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Ill-humored : SURLY
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Shell carries it : GAS
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Jump the shark, e.g. : IDIOM
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Narcoleptics with string instruments? : SLEEPERCELLISTS
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Toledo-to-Pittsburgh dir. : ESE
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Holding-hands-in-the-dark event : SEANCE
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Gutter problem : CLOG
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Mike Tyson facial feature, for short : TAT
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Guinness Book superlative : OLDEST
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Equipment miniature golf players don't need : TEES
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"Super" campaign orgs. : PACS
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"You can stop trying to wake me now!" : IMUP
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Desert that occasionally gets snow : GOBI
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Winter topper : SKICAP
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Hobby farm denizen : ANT
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"Results may ___" : VARY
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"Oh, O.K." : ISEE
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Hieroglyphics creatures : ASPS
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Chinese "way" : TAO
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"1984" superstate : EURASIA
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One unable to get a loan, say : CREDITRISK
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TV station, e.g. : AIRER
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Bob who directed "Cabaret" : FOSSE
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Mister in a sombrero : SENOR
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They're often off the books : TIPS
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Compadre of Castro : GUEVARA
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Mountaineering attempts : ASCENTS
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World leader with an eponymous "mobile" : POPE
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Guesstimate words : ORSO
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Where to find the only stoplight in a small town, typically : MAINSTREET
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Picnic utensil : SPORK
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It's best when it's airtight : ALIBI
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Towers on farms : SILOS
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Hurt : ACHE
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Pull up dandelions and crab grass : WEED
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Harry Belafonte genre : CALYPSO
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It carries a shell : SNAIL
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Flooring option : TILE
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One needing detox : ADDICT
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It's a plus : ASSET
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Tornado Alley city : TULSA
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Mortarboard tosser : GRAD
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___ cream : ACNE
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Jiffies : SECS
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Castaway site : ISLE
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Siouan speaker : OTOE
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Txts, e.g. : MSGS
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Symbol of slipperiness : EEL
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Net judge's call : LET

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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