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LABORATORY MAZE

New York Times, Sunday, March 13, 2005

Author:
Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Merrell

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 74 Missing: {XZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 43 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite
Notepad: When this puzzle is completed, solve the maze in the grid, traveling through the openings in the squares, beginning at 69-Across, ending at 103-Down...and passing over the word spelled at 71-Across 18 times. As you proceed, the consecutive letters of 71-Across will always be in their correct order, in straight lines reading forward, backward, up or down.
Jim Horne notes:

This puzzle has a visual aspect not included in the website version.
See this PDF of Clues and Grid on a single page, or this PDF of the Grid only in a larger size.

Mr. Merrell has provided this PDF which elegantly shows the complete answer.

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© 2005, The New York TimesNo. 0313 ( 20,214 )
Across
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Speaking sites : ROSTRA
7
D.C. lobbying grp. : NRA
10
Olympian Griffith Joyner, familiarly : FLOJO
15
One covering the infield : TARP
19
Elocuted : ORATED
20
Like most magazine personality tests : SELFRATED
22
Melville work : OMOO
23
Passé : DEMODE
24
Smell victory, in a lab maze? : FOLLOWONESNOSE
26
Attempted activity in "The Barber of Seville" : ELOPING
28
Suffix with ideal : ISM
29
Eye lasciviously : LEERAT
30
Org. with a key-holding eagle in its logo : NSA
31
Cheat, in a lab maze? : GOOVERTHEWALL
37
See to : TEND
39
Computer woe : VIRUS
40
"The Confessions of ___ Turner" : NAT
41
Rights grp. : ACLU
45
Double curve : ESS
48
"Miss ___ Thompson," 1953 musical film : SADIE
50
Part of a food pyramid : STARCHES
53
Hit a dead end mazewise? : GETCAUGHTINAMOUSETRAP
58
Term : DURATION
59
Set : GEL
60
Mark and Shania : TWAINS
61
Asia's ___ Sea : ARAL
62
Assent in les Alpes : OUI
64
Feather holder : HEADDRESS
66
Thither : YON
67
Jazz guitarist Montgomery : WES
69
Begin : START
71
Lab maze runner : RAT
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Pit sight : TAR
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Works around town? : STREETART
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___ milk : SOY
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Stuffed food : PITA
81
Materialize : APPEAR
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Article of the Constitution about the judiciary : III
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Dove : PEACENIK
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Get weary solving  a lab maze? : GROWTIREDOFTHERATRACE
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Salute site : FOREHEAD
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Done in : SLAIN
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Make, in arithmetic : ARE
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Recipe info: Abbr. : AMTS
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Sch. where Samuel Morse was a professor of art : NYU
98
End of MGM's motto : ARTIS
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Mag. sales info : CIRC
104
Does some lab maze-solving? : MAKESATESTRUN
109
Book after Ezr. : NEH
110
Head post : TOPJOB
114
Epitome of simplicity : ABC
115
Go over again : ITERATE
117
Solve a lab maze almost inaudibly? : BARELYSQUEAKBY
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Brave cover : TEEPEE
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"My Fair Lady" is based on his work : SHAW
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Foundations : SUBSTRATA
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Cars known for backfiring? : EDSELS
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Options for traders : PUTS
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High lands : MESAS
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"Tasty!" : YUM
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Clue for a car mechanic : RATTLE
Down
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Maze participant : RODENT
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Veiled threat : ORELSE
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Austronesian language : SAMOAN
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'Vette option : TTOP
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Make a new excavation : REDIG
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Gland prefix : ADENO
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Bounced check letters : NSF
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Olds mobile : REO
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Accompanier of thumbs and ears : ALL
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Frat rushees, often : FROSH
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Pros with cons : LAWMEN
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Plains Indian : OTO
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Actress Aniston, familiarly : JEN
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Scott who wrote "Island of the Blue Dolphins" : ODELL
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Soap made by Dial : TONE
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Marc Antony's love : AMOR
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Parks in Alabama : ROSA
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"Every man will be a ___ if he can": Thoreau : POET
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Arrives suddenly without formality : FLITSIN
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Pommes frites seasoning : SEL
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State biggie : GOV
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One of a Hindu trinity : VISHNU
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Q.E.D. part : ERAT
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Designer Gernreich : RUDI
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Had passed its expiration date : WASOLD
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Outermost of the Aleutians : ATTU
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Transfer : DECAL
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Play the role of : ACTAS
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Garbo film "Queen ___" : CHRISTINA
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Trim : LEAN
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Deliverer of many pkgs. : USPS
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Didn't play : SAT
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___ generis (unique) : SUI
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Anticipatory : EAGER
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Stars, in Kansas' motto : ASTRA
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Stop from getting dry : REWET
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Mate's hello : GDAY
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International coin : EURO
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Convey : TRANSPORT
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One taking a gander? : GOOSE
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Different cuts : MEATS
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"Let me repeat …" : ISAID
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What a tipper tips : HAT
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Tumbler : DRYER
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Anger : WRATH
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Unexplainable : EERIE
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Chamber groups : TRIOS
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Suffix with axiom : ATIC
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Pile maker : RAKE
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Lauren of "The Love Boat" : TEWES
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Hand-color, in a way : TIEDYE
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Gift-giver's urging : OPENIT
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French writer Georges : PEREC
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Kodak competitor : AGFA
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Spring event : PROM
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Org. with an emergency no. : AAA
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Geom. point : CTR
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Captain, e.g. : RANK
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Freight carrier : FLATCAR
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Unloaded truck's weight : TARE
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Home page visits : HITS
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Olympics chant : USAUSA
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___ Lanka : SRI
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Steamed : INAPET
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Pass along, as gossip : RETELL
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Maze reward : CHEESE
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Unit of matter: Abbr. : MOL
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Bottomless pit : ABYSM
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Helps do wrong : ABETS
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Complete : UTTER
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"___ lift?" : NEEDA
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1/16 of a cup: Abbr. : TBSP
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Diamond Head's home : OAHU
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Burlesque landing spot : PRAT
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Jacob and Abraham, e.g. : JEWS
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Break : REST
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Go after : SUE
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Passers, briefly : QBS
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"___ Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge" : KAY
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A.C. unit : BTU
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Verb for Popeye : YAM

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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