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New York Times, Tuesday, February 7, 2006

What one at the head of a line likes to hear

Author:
Elizabeth C. Gorski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {Z} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 143 for Ms. Gorski.
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© 2006, The New York Times2/7/06 ( No. 20,545 )
Across
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Actor B. D. of "Law & Order: S.V.U." : WONG
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Bridge maven Sharif : OMAR
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S.U.V. alternative, informally : WAGON
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Earth Day subj. : ECOL
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Yellow-striped ball in pool : NINE
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One of the Astaires : ADELE
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Sewing case : ETUI
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Cereal choice : BRAN
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Paint ingredient : LATEX
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"We never had this conversation, O.K.?" : DONTQUOTEME
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Former flier to J.F.K. : SST
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Abridges : CUTS
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"Vidi" : ISAW
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"Am I supposed to be impressed?" : SOWHAT
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Avoidance of reality : ESCAPISM
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Inventor's cry : AHA
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Truth, old-style : SOOTH
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Son of Isaac : ESAU
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"Just mumbling" : TALKINGTOMYSELF
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"Rule, Britannia" composer : ARNE
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4:1, e.g. : RATIO
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Holiday celebrated in Little Saigon : TET
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Therapy session subjects : NEUROSES
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Dracula player : LUGOSI
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___ II (razor) : TRAC
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___ Wenner, founder of Rolling Stone : JANN
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Middle O of O-O-O : TAC
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Musical with the song "Shall We Dance?" : THEKINGANDI
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Bring down : ABASE
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See 49-Down : BONE
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Promise : WORD
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Bluffer's game : POKER
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Marshes : BOGS
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Like the president's office : OVAL
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Boardroom V.I.P.'s : EXECS
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Tart plum : SLOE
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Basketball great Archibald : NATE
Down
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Garden intruder : WEED
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Eight: Prefix : OCTO
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Proper ___ : NOUN
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Computer snag : GLITCH
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Computer starter : ONBUTTON
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Some Spanish Surrealist works : MIROS
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Gray's subj. : ANAT
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Philosopher Descartes : RENE
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Solidarity leader Lech : WALESA
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Oklahoma city : ADA
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Figures out : GETSWISETO
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Cheers for el toro : OLES
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What one at the head of a line likes to hear : NEXT
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Somewhat : QUASI
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Boom box port : MIC
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Monkey's uncles? : APES
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Exorcist's target : SATAN
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Chicago air hub : OHARE
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Baked dessert with shelled ingredients : WALNUTCAKE
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Singer James and others : ETTAS
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Whiskey order : SHOT
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After-Christmas events : SALES
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Civilian clothes : MUFTI
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Meanie : OGRE
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Deborah of 54-Across : KERR
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Pasta style : MILANESE
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Children : YOUNG
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Many John Wayne flicks : OATERS
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P.T.A. meeting venue: Abbr. : SCH
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Chew, as a 62-Across : GNAWON
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Ultrapatriot : JINGO
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Gift-wrapping need : TAPE
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"Life is like ___ of chocolates" : ABOX
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Flows back : EBBS
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Marlboro competitor : KOOL
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Astronomical sighting : NOVA
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"Shoot!" : DRAT
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Nothing doing? : IDLE
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Wall St. regulator : SEC

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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