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New York Times, Monday, March 1, 2010

"10 ___ or less" (checkout line sign that grates on grammarians)

Author:
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Editor:
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QV} Spans: 2 Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzlemakers This is puzzle # 140 for Mr. Quigley. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2010, The New York Times3/1/10 ( No. 22,028 )
Across
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1996 candidate Dole : BOB
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"10 ___ or less" (checkout line sign that grates on grammarians) : ITEMS
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The real ___ : MCCOY
14
When a plane is due in, for short : ETA
15
Nerve : MOXIE
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[Crossing my fingers] : IHOPE
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___ center (community facility) : REC
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Unrealized gain on an investment : PAPERPROFIT
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Suffix with cyclo- or Jumbo : TRON
22
Braga a k a the Brazilian Bombshell : SONIA
23
"Bah, humbug!" : PFUI
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Merely suggest : HINTAT
26
SSW's opposite : NNE
28
Letters on an ambulance : EMS
29
Detective, in slang : SHAMUS
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Give up, as rights : CEDE
34
Evergreen : FIR
36
Fancy : HIGHFALUTIN
40
"That's ___ haven't heard!" : ONEI
42
"Jaws" menace : SHARK
43
Wished : BADE
44
Good luck charms : RABBITSFEET
47
Charles Dickens pseudonym : BOZ
48
Kuwaiti leader : EMIR
49
Kettledrum : TIMBAL
51
Buddy : PAL
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Mesh : NET
55
Facet : ASPECT
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Guthrie with a guitar : ARLO
60
Pat of "Wheel of Fortune" : SAJAK
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Mountain lift : TBAR
64
They measure the tonnage of trucks : WEIGHSCALES
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Singer Yoko : ONO
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W.W. II bomber ___ Gay : ENOLA
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Outdo : ONEUP
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Giant great Mel : OTT
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Copenhageners, e.g. : DANES
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Tending to ooze : SEEPY
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Flattens in the ring, for short : KOS
Down
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Train sleeping spot : BERTH
2
Former "S.N.L." comic Cheri : OTERI
3
1676 Virginia uprising : BACONSREBELLION
4
Little devil : IMP
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Woman presiding at a banquet : TOASTMISTRESS
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Giant fair : EXPO
7
Appearance : MIEN
8
Small finch : SERIN
9
Former Russian space station : MIR
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Take an ax to : CHOP
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Photo-filled reading matter in the living room : COFFEETABLEBOOK
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Poppy product : OPIUM
13
Reported Himalayan sightings : YETIS
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Cosmetic applied with a damp sponge : PANCAKEMAKEUP
21
To the ___ degree : NTH
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What to say to a doctor with a tongue depressor : AAH
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Snakelike fish : EEL
30
Terse critiques : UGHS
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Path down to a mine : SHAFT
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Talk over? : DUB
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In favor of : FOR
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Once ___ blue moon : INA
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Costing nothing, in Cologne : FREI
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Wedding vow : IDO
39
___ Percé tribe : NEZ
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Company called "Big Blue" : IBM
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"Am ___ your way?" : IIN
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Atlanta-based sta. : TBS
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Well-put : APT
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Manhandled : PAWED
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Indoor game site : ARENA
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Tex-Mex sandwiches : TACOS
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Poetic chapter for Ezra Pound : CANTO
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Gaits between walks and canters : TROTS
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Look at amorously : OGLE
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Tarzan's woman : JANE
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On the sheltered side : ALEE
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Contains : HAS
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Word repeated in Mad magazine's "___ vs. ___" : SPY

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