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New York Times, Tuesday, February 9, 2010

How a bride and groom leave the altar, metaphorically

Author:
Robert Cirillo
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJKQWZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Cirillo.
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© 2010, The New York Times2/9/10 ( No. 22,008 )
Across
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Warm-up for the college-bound : PSAT
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Vena ___ (blood line to the heart) : CAVA
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Victory overcoming 100-to-1 odds, e.g. : UPSET
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Prefix with sphere : HEMI
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Horatian verses : ODES
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___ del Rey, Calif. : PLAYA
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Shiite leader : IMAM
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Lead-in to tiller : ROTO
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Put a duty on : TAXED
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Chocolate candy from Portugal? : LISBONBONBON
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Gist : ESSENCE
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Missing link, possibly : APEMAN
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Milne hopper : ROO
29
"___ grip!" : GETA
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"Don't Bring Me Down" grp. : ELO
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African nomad who hasn't had a thing to drink? : SOBERBERBER
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Rep. rival : DEM
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Mississippi senator Cochran : THAD
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Generous ___ fault : TOA
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Small amount : IOTA
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Tummy muscles : ABS
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Lively Indian dance? : INCANCANCAN
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___ polloi : HOI
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"High Hopes" lyricist Sammy : CAHN
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Pizza ___ : HUT
48
French schools : LYCEES
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Fill and then some : SATIATE
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Drum that's under all the others? : BOTTOMTOMTOM
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No. 2 in the statehouse : LTGOV
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See 61-Across : UNIT
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Molecular 60-Across : ATOM
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How a bride and groom leave the altar, metaphorically : ASONE
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60-Across of computer memory : BYTE
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"Treasure Island," for one : TALE
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Lecher : SATYR
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Required element in many figure skating competitions : AXEL
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Lead-in to while : ERST
Down
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Lover: Suffix : PHILE
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They're followed by the finals : SEMIS
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Heap up : AMASS
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Filled with trees : TIMBERED
5
Pipe material for Frosty the Snowman : CORNCOB
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Acrobat software maker : ADOBE
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Presidential "no" : VETO
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"___ of the Sun" (Jack London novel) : ASON
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Feeling well : UPTOPAR
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Vehicle that taxis : PLANE
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Instrument for Kenny G : SAX
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Part of a storm or a potato : EYE
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Small amount : TAD
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___ about (approximately) : ONOR
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Diminish : BATE
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French red wine : MEDOC
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Prince Valiant's wife : ALETA
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"What God has joined together, let ___ put asunder" : NOMAN
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What a lame joke might elicit : GROAN
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Israeli statesman Abba : EBAN
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Lesley of "60 Minutes" : STAHL
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"Wow!" : OHBOY
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Like the A B C's : BASIC
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Prepare a commemorative plate, say : ETCH
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Very close friend : INTIMATE
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Freeze up : ICEOVER
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Condé ___ (magazine publisher) : NAST
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Movable article of personal property : CHATTEL
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Garage occupant : AUTO
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Black key material : EBONY
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Whack, biblically : SMITE
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Fragrant oil : ATTAR
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What a poor workman blames, in a saying : TOOLS
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Irish patriot Robert : EMMET
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Marching band instrument : TUBA
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Common cameo stone : ONYX
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The Shangri-___ ("Leader of the Pack" group) : LAS
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Airport screening org. : TSA
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"___ milk?" : GOT

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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