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LEAP DAY

New York Times, Sunday, February 29, 2004

Author:
Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Merrell

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 89 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 26 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2004, The New York TimesNo. 0229 ( 19,836 )
Across
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Darkness : NIGHT
6
Pack carrier : LLAMA
11
Application datum: Abbr. : SSN
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Background of Vladimir Putin, for short : KGB
17
Route indicator : ARROW
18
Traveler's woe : JETLAG
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Island strings : UKE
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Anti-inflammatory agent : ALOE
21
Striped animal : OKAPI
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"The Witches of Eastwick" author : UPDIKE
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A full course? : EIGHTEEN
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Queens contest : METSGAME
27
Daughter of Hyperion : EOS
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Strike, essentially : PROTEST
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Thesis basis : IDEA
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Big inits. in news and culture : NPR
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Four fluid ounces : GILL
33
Food company with a sun in its logo : DOLE
34
Cigarette pkgs. : CTNS
36
Empire State Building decor : ARTDECO
38
Put in : EMBED
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Shack topper : TINROOF
45
Sinatra scat syllable : DOO
46
Black bird : DAW
47
Express views : OPINE
48
Pry : SNOOP
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Take off : REMOVE
52
Open, in a way : UNBUTTON
54
Writing : PROSE
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1968 Oscar-winning musical : OLIVER
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Has trouble with words : STUTTERS
57
Smell, e.g. : SENSE
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Cuts using a box : MITERS
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Long period : EON
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"It's you ___" : ORME
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Upright at sea : MAST
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Ed.'s in-box filler : MSS
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It's hard, to swallow : CAPLET
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Just above average : CPLUS
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"Enough already!" : IVEHADIT
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Red-faced : ABLUSH
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Hangout : HAUNT
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Spot for Roosevelt : FIRESIDE
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Apt : LIABLE
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Parenthetical passage : ASIDE
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Blows : FLUBS
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Nus to us : ENS
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Co. in a 2000 telecommunications merger : GTE
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Ripen : BLOSSOM
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South Seas monarchy : SAMOA
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"Frankenstein" props : TORCHES
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Kiln : OAST
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1991 Gerardo hit "___ Suave" : RICO
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Fall's end : THUD
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VJ's employer : MTV
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"Dang!" : HECK
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Chicken go-with : NOODLES
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Term. info : ARR
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Minor minder : STAGEMOM
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Sights : TAKESAIM
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1966 Mary Martin musical : IDOIDO
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Deadly virus : EBOLA
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Blender sound : WHIR
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Reagan military inits. : SDI
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Run with gates : SLALOM
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Less seen : RARER
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Calendar col. : TUE
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Sinuous sea dweller : EEL
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Administers, with "out" : METES
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It's a secret : TRYST
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Biblical woman from Bethlehem : NAOMI
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Troubled (by) : IRKED
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Worry for a wearer of high heels : GRATE
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Takes a quickie vacation, say : HOPSACROSS
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Bud holder : TWIG
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Molokai resident : LEPER
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Co. name end : LTD
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2001 biopic : ALI
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Achieve significant progress : MAKEITOVER
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Long-known : AGEOLD
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Challenge, legally : SUE
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Not read something completely : SKIPDOWNTO
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Rio ___, part of the Venezuela/ Colombia boundary : NEGRO
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Swiss abstract painting : KLEE
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Takes a turn : GOES
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Like a shepherd's staff : BENT
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Has ever-changing loyalties : JUMPSFROM
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Seek a lawyer's license : ATTEMPTTO
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Sink a putt : HOLEOUT
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Monumental year? : ANNO
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Source of spills on hills : SLED
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Channel : GROOVE
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Lightweight helmet, in India : TOPEE
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Come out of denial : ADMIT
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Civil rights, e.g. : CAUSE
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Snake, for one : BITER
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Vast, in verse : ENORM
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Like osmium, more than any other known element : DENSE
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48 in a cup: Abbr. : TSPS
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As to : INRE
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Twelve : NOON
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"The Whiffenpoof Song" singer : ELI
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Drs.' workplaces : ERS
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Cafeteria worker's hairdo : BUN
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Annoys : MIFFS
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St. Teresa's birthplace : AVILA
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Medical supply : SERUM
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Answer continued : THEBORDER
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16th-century start : MDI
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Answer continued : SIDETOSIDE
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Gregg method user : STENO
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Old White House nickname : CAL
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Answer continued : ABIGHURDLE
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Like chrome hubcaps : PLATED
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Garage jobs : LUBES
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Precitizenship course: Abbr. : ESL
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Answer continued : THEBOTTOM
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Utter breakdown : CHAOS
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Answer continued : PASSTHEBAR
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Physics Nobelist Alvarez : LUIS
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Reverse : UNDO
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Kind of cell : STEM
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Has at : ASSAILS
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Fem. in una casa : SRTA
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Hot rock : LAVA
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Oil used in church rites : CHRISM
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Quit : CEASE
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PC software : MSDOS
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The Eagles of college sports : EMORY
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Nat and Natalie : COLES
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Target competitor : KMART
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Pkg. no. : NTWT
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Aiea locale : OAHU
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Dust Bowl victim : OKIE
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Frobe who played Goldfinger : GERT
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"Thanks a ___!" : MIL
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Husk site : OAT
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Suffix with infant : ILE

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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