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New York Times, Monday, March 10, 2014

Skill needed when being asked "Does this dress make me look fat?"

Author:
Kelly Clark
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQWZ} This is puzzle # 14 for Ms. Clark. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2014, The New York Times3/10/14 ( No. 23,498 )
Across
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Mr. ___ (handyman) : FIXIT
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Geishas' sashes : OBIS
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Amo, amas, ___ : AMAT
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Nicholas Gage memoir : ELENI
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Speedy : FAST
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Coin with F.D.R.'s image : DIME
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One-by-one formation, as in walking : SINGLEFILE
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Similar (to) : AKIN
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Sushi fish : SEAEEL
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Perfect diving score : TEN
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Briefest of kisses : PECK
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"Rule, Britannia" composer : ARNE
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"Yeah? Try and do better!" : TOPTHIS
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It stinks : ODOR
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See 34-Across : INK
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Latina lass: Abbr. : SRTA
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Solo of "Star Wars" : HAN
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With 30-Across, black writing fluid : INDIA
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Extra energy : OOMPH
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Mel of the Giants : OTT
40
Handyman's tote : TOOLBOX
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Stooge with bangs : MOE
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Big laughs : HAHAS
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With magnanimity : NOBLY
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Muff one : ERR
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Stately shaders : ELMS
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Turf : SOD
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Vicinity : AREA
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"Swan Lake" and others : BALLETS
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Skill needed when being asked "Does this dress make me look fat?" : TACT
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Barely got, with "out" : EKED
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Marker in a poker pot : IOU
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Bing competitor : GOOGLE
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One way to record a show : TIVO
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Manicurist's target : FINGERNAIL
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Bygone British gun : STEN
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Toss, as a coin : FLIP
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Belly button : NAVEL
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New Haven school : YALE
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Concordes : SSTS
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Goes downhill in the winter : SLEDS
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Admit, with "up" : FESS
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Nastase of tennis : ILIE
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TV's Warrior Princess : XENA
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Engaged, as a transmission : INGEAR
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Flooring installer : TILER
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Insect repellent brand : OFF
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Worm on a hook, e.g. : BAIT
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Spot of land in the ocean : ISLET
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Dictation takers of years past : STENOS
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Get comfortable with, as new conditions : ADAPTTO
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Spillane detective : MIKEHAMMER
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___ curiae (friends of the court) : AMICI
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Marathon warm-up races : TENKS
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Pacific weather phenomenon : ELNINO
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___ a happy note : ENDON
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Authorized substitute : PROXY
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"I almost forgot ...!" : OHOH
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Numerical info : DATA
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Honest : ONTHELEVEL
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Weights of some contraband : KILOS
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Informal response to "Who's there?" : ITSME
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Monk's superior : ABBOT
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Skin opening : PORE
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Wife of Zeus : HERA
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The golden years : OLDAGE
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"There, finished!" : ALLDONE
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Doesn't leave a tip : STIFFS
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Lacking a key, musically : ATONAL
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Ross the flagmaker : BETSY
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Large Japanese dog : AKITA
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Dirties : SOILS
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Foot woes : CORNS
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Condo, e.g. : UNIT
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Donated : GAVE
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Didn't tell the truth : LIED
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Right-angle bends : ELLS
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Auto accessory often mounted on the windshield, for short : GPS

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

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