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New York Times, Sunday, February 4, 2007

Author:
Paul Guttormsson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Paul Guttormsson

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 68 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Guttormsson. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2007, The New York TimesNo. 0204 ( 20,907 )
Across
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*Sweater option : VNECK
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*Choice cut : TBONESTEAK
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*Primo : AONE
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___ Nast magazines : CONDE
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"Hey, good lookin'!" : HUBBAHUBBA
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Prior work : POEM
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___-totsy : HOTSY
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Construction toy : ERECTORSET
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Rock music's Better Than ___ : EZRA
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Serpent suffix : INE
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Mythical bird-woman : HARPY
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Works on : HONES
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Roman fountain name : TREVI
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Executes : PERFORMS
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Acknowledge : LETON
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Cheat : CHISEL
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Some Ivy Leaguers : ELIS
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Philosopher Kierkegaard : SOREN
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Perfectly : TOAT
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Existing at birth : INBRED
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Always : EVER
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Terse response to an interruption : WHATISIT
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Ties up : MOORS
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Symbol of speed : HARE
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Author Silverstein : SHEL
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"___ not" : FEAR
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Section : AREA
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Zero : NONE
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Infamous innkeeper : BATES
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Info on an electric bill : USAGE
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Rants : CARRIESON
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One doing the twist, e.g. : GYRATOR
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Deli order : LOX
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What the answers to the 15 starred clues have : INITIALINITIALS
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Summer hrs. in N.Y. : EDT
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Lean : SLENDER
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Biker's prop : KICKSTAND
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Retired N.H.L. great Hull : BRETT
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Palm, say : STEAL
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Mock-scared cries : EEKS
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Mil. school : ACAD
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Years in old Rome : ANNI
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Inured (to) : USED
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Nonprofit? : LOSS
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Central courts : ATRIA
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Sang on high?: Var. : YODELLED
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Paramount : MAIN
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Unyielding : STEELY
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In order (to) : SOAS
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King or queen : TITLE
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Comedian Mort : SAHL
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"The Paper Chase" author John Jay ___ Jr. : OSBORN
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Ill : BADLY
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Treat for a dog : BELLYRUB
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Golf outing : ROUND
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Where St. Paul was shipwrecked, in Acts : MALTA
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Ballot listing : SLATE
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Quiz feature: Abbr. : ANS
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Still : IDLE
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Period of future bliss : MILLENNIUM
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Motown singer Terrell : TAMMI
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Scrubbed : NOGO
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Diet soda feature : AFTERTASTE
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Resting, say : INBED
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*Backup for Dick Tracy : GMEN
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*Gridiron lineup : IFORMATION
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*Benjamin : CNOTE
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*Show stopper? : VCHIP
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To whom a dictator answers : NOONE
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Word with an arrow : ENTER
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Cautious investments, for short : CDS
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Places for Peeping Toms : KEYHOLES
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Units of heat : THERMS
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Pats on the back? : BURPS
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Mind : OBEY
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Its slogan was once "Be there" : NBC
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Diner sign : EATHERE
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Trigger : SHOOTER
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Activate : TURNON
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Buddy of TV : EBSEN
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Vigoda and Fortas : ABES
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Kit ___ : KAT
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Campari and Cinzano : APERITIFS
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Goes slowly : OOZES
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Temerity : NERVE
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*In-box contents : EMAIL
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Kalahari-like : ARID
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Isley Brothers hit "___ Lady" : THAT
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Its logo is a rearing horse : FERRARI
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It's nothing : LOVE
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Shade of black : COAL
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Like sororities, at times : SERENADED
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Nowheresville : THESTICKS
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*Apple variety : IMAC
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Best-selling author Roberts : NORA
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___ War of 1899 : BOER
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Product in an orange box : WHEATIES
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Caulk : SEAL
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Villain who says "For I am nothing, if not critical" : IAGO
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*Natural history museum attraction : TREX
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Some restaurant employees : HOSTESSES
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Chosen : ANOINTED
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Umpire's call : STRIKEONE
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___ Kinnock, 1980's-90's British Labor Party leader : NEIL
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*Saloon floozie : BGIRL
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Author Rand : AYN
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Modern addresses : URLS
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Part of M.I.T.: Abbr. : INST
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Battle of Fair ___, 1862 : OAKS
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Open field : LEA
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Majestic : STATELY
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*Fortune 500 company based in San Jose, Calif. : EBAY
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Villain who says "That's a Dom Perignon '55. It would be a pity to break it" : DRNO
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Gravitate : TEND
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Israeli port : ACRE
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It's right at your fingertip : NAIL
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*Critical time : DDAY
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Gets blitzed : TIESONEON
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___ Bator : ULAN
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___-white : LILY
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Fit : ATHLETIC
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Follower of "O" : LORD
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Important exam : MIDTERM
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Home of Spelman College : ATLANTA
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Put (away) : SALT
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Higher up : TALLER
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Gobs : SEAMEN
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*Certain gasket : ORING
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Corot painting "The Burning of ___" : SODOM
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Dieter's problem : BULGE
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Md.'s largest city : BALTO
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Villain who says "So you don't like spinach?" : BLUTO
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1980's Stallone role : RAMBO
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Not fulfilled : UNMET
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*It's usually not played much : BSIDE
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Upset : MIFF
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Acapulco approval : SISI
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French month : MAI
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D.C. baseballer : NAT
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Common female middle name : ANN

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

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