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New York Times, Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Face-off spot in hockey (and a hint to 17- and 40-Across and 11-, 25- and 31-Down)

Author:
Jim Hyres
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Hyres. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2006, The New York Times2/28/06 ( No. 20,566 )
Across
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En ___ (all together) : MASSE
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N.Y.C. airport : JFK
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Syrian president : ASSAD
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Fairy tale brother : GRIMM
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Small battery : AAA
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Olds model : ALERO
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Likable sort : MRNICEGUY
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Frequency unit : HERTZ
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Find out about : LEARNOF
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Pop singer Sands : EVIE
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Brawls : MELEES
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Not as well-rinsed, perhaps : SOAPIER
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Important periods : ERAS
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Not voting the party line: Abbr. : IND
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Before: Abbr. : PREC
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Salon job : SET
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"Understand now?" : SEEIT
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It may leave its mark on the road : TREAD
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Play a part : ACT
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Push-ups exercise them : TRICEPS
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Add years to one's life : AGE
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Subway entrance : STILE
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Artist Neiman : LEROY
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Arrester : COP
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Place for an arrestee : CELL
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Mouth, slangily : YAP
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Prefix with -gramme : AERO
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Foreshadow : PRESAGE
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Targets, as with a gun : AIMSAT
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Sanyo competitor : AIWA
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Bush attorney general Gonzales : ALBERTO
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Pigs : SLOBS
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Face-off spot in hockey (and a hint to 17- and 40-Across and 11-, 25- and 31-Down) : CENTERICE
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___ Haute, Ind. : TERRE
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"___ be my pleasure!" : ITD
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Sir's counterpart : MADAM
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Crooked : ASKEW
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Putin's yeses : DAS
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Casino game, informally : SLOTS
Down
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RKO competitor : MGM
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E.T.A. part: Abbr. : ARR
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Envy, e.g. : SIN
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What a photographer usually wants : SMILES
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Host : EMCEE
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N.H.L. All-Star Jaromir : JAGR
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"The Afternoon of a ___" (Nijinsky ballet) : FAUN
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Renders senseless : KAYOS
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"That's nice!" : AAH
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Rip Van Winkle, notably : SLEEPER
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They're nonreturnable : SERVICEACES
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Clarinetist Shaw : ARTIE
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Napper : DOZER
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Not so tough : EASIER
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Dandy : FOP
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Western plateaus : MESAS
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Build : ERECT
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Trellis feature : LATTICEWORK
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Pretentious : ARTSY
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Diamond who sang "America" : NEIL
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Uncertain : DICEY
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Inscribed pillar : STELA
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Trillion: Prefix : TERA
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Greek marketplace : AGORA
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Train stop : DEPOT
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Andy Warhol's works : POPART
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Fancy Buick : LESABRE
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N.Y. C. airport : LGA
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Unprincipled : AMORAL
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Macaroni, e.g. : PASTA
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Gets to : RILES
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1961 Charlton Heston title role : ELCID
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Stuff : ITEMS
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Phi ___ Kappa : BETA
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Extremities : ENDS
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Work with a Singer : SEW
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Altar promise : IDO
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Persian, e.g. : CAT
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Dash lengths : EMS

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

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