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New York Times, Monday, February 8, 2010

Author:
Paula Gamache
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Paula Gamache

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 54 for Ms. Gamache. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2010, The New York TimesNo. 0208 ( 22,007 )

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Across
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Harvard and Wharton degs. : MBAS
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___ Millions (multistate lottery) : MEGA
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*With 68-Across, lingerie model's asset : SEXY
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Continental coin : EURO
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Starting on : ASOF
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Prefix with iliac : SACRO
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*It may end up in a chop shop : STOLENCAR
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Outerwear for an operagoer : CLOAK
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On the job : ATWORK
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Equipment in craps : DICE
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Caustic drain opener : LYE
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It means nothing : NIL
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Own up to one's sins : CONFESS
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*What you drop uncooked spaghetti or a tea bag into : BOILINGWATER
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Accepted, as a proposal : AGREEDTO
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Gives in : YIELDS
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Old Navy libation : GROG
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Word describing the answer to each of the starred clues : HOT
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Drink through a straw : SUCK
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Assembly of 100 : SENATE
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Caviar or frogs' legs : DELICACY
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*Bloody Mary seasoner : TABASCOSAUCE
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Mount ___, California observatory site : PALOMAR
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Where the Blues Brothers got their start, familiarly : SNL
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Him: Fr. : LUI
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Affirmative votes : AYES
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"But what to do?!" : DEARME
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Popular pain reliever : ADVIL
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*Supplier of electricity to subway trains : THIRDRAIL
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Sister's daughter : NIECE
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Scouting outing : HIKE
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Shaving mishap : NICK
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*See 9-Across : BODY
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Imitates : APES
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Change for a five : ONES
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Mini-plateau : MESA
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Thing in an ashtray : BUTT
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Lined up, after "in" : AROW
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All alone : SOLO
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"... one giant leap for ___": Neil Armstrong : MANKIND
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PC bailout key : ESC
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Egg on : GOAD
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Sahara's place : AFRICA
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Gal in an old song standard : SAL
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Élève's school : ECOLE
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Dentistry photos : XRAYS
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Joins, as oxen : YOKES
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Start of an act : SCENEI
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Bert's Muppet buddy : ERNIE
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Mass-market fragrance maker : COTY
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Width's opposite: Abbr. : LGTH
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Citrus soft drink introduced in the 1960s : FRESCA
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Diamond bases : BAGS
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Grimm figure : OGRE
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Cast-___ stomach : IRON
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Smooth, in music : LEGATO
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"Whose ___ these are I think I know": Frost : WOODS
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Hawaiian wingding : LUAU
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800, to Caesar : DCCC
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Kind of terrier : SKYE
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Private eyes, for short : TECS
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Husk-wrapped Mexican dish : TAMALE
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Online auction house : EBAY
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Capital of England, to Parisians : LONDRES
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Stranded in the middle of the ocean, say : ISLED
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Franklin known as the Queen of Soul : ARETHA
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Alternative strategy if things don't work out : PLANB
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The "A" in A/V : AUDIO
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Existed : LIVED
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Frigate or freighter : SHIP
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River through Florence : ARNO
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Cause for a game delay : RAIN
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Cursor movers : MICE
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Fraternal group : ELKS
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Slippery, as winter sidewalks : ICY
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Prez after Give 'em Hell Harry : IKE

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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