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New York Times, Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Author:
Jeremy Newton
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeremy Newton

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 44 Missing: {QX} Scrabble average: 1.93 This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Newton. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jim Horne notes:

Play the notes indicated in the circles and you'll plink out a familiar theme from the fourth movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

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© 2011, The New York TimesNo. 0315 ( 22,407 )
Across
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Actor whose original name was Laurence Tureaud : MRT
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Some muscles or sorority women, informally : DELTS
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Actress Rogers : MIMI
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Green light : YES
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Sioux adversary : OMAHA
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Blitzed : RANAT
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Composer of 20-Across : BEETHOVEN
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Annual athletic awards : ESPYS
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When Othello kills himself : ACTV
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Work by 16-Across : ODETOJOY
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Can't stomach : DESPISE
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2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc. : EVENS
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Prod : EGGON
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"Still Life - Fast Moving" artist : DALI
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Band with low numbers, in brief : VHF
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___ use (worthless) : OFNO
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U.S.A.F. rank : LTCOL
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They're difficult to grasp : EELS
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What to watch the Beeb on : TELLY
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Alarmed squeals : EEKS
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"Here, have one" : TRYIT
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Pulitzer winner Maureen : DOWD
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Tendency for one's mind to wander, for short : ADD
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Learn fast, maybe : CRAM
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Midsize bra features : CCUPS
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Dilapidated : SEEDY
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Least clear, as a memory : HAZIEST
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How the circled letters of 20-Across are played : INCMAJOR
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Ali, before he was Ali : CLAY
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"No ___!" ("Of course!") : DOUBT
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Items you might play 20-Across on : PIANOKEYS
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Rice-sized pastas : ORZOS
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Acquired relative : INLAW
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"___ 'nuff!" : SHO
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Slothful : LAZY
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Best competitive effort, informally : AGAME
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Do something wrong : SIN
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"Whoops!" : MYBAD
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Volleyball champion/model Gabrielle : REECE
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Small biter in Niger : TSETSEFLY
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"I am an idiot!" : DOH
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Rock music genre : EMO
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John : LAV
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TV's Kojak : THEO
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Smoothed, as wood : SANDED
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Composite board material : MASONITE
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Dressed for bed, briefly : INPJS
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Month after abril : MAYO
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Not big at all, informally : ITSY
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Share again, as a story : RETELL
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Rating for most episodes of "The Simpsons" : TVPG
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Actress ___ Marie Saint : EVA
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"Where did ___ wrong?" : IGO
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Downy : SOFT
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-trix alternative : ENNE
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Dog doc : VET
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Every other hurricane : HER
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So last year : OLD
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Unending : CEASELESS
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Green-lit : OKD
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Trip producer : LSD
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Order to Rex : SICEMBOY
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Fishing spot for Scots : LOCH
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Feminine org. since the 1850s : YWCA
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Dog biscuits, e.g. : TREATS
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"Eazy-___-It" (double-platinum album by Eazy-E) : DUZ
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Small, medium or large: Abbr. : ADJ
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Shortsightedness : MYOPIA
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Horse on a ticket : PICK
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Dirt, slangily : SCUZZ
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Give a greeting : SAYHI
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He said about an opponent "My main objective is to be professional but to kill him" : TYSON
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Fox hit since 2002, informally : IDOL
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Writer Ephron : NORA
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Circus or wedding staple : RING
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___ king : ALA
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Ho Chi Minh Trail locale, for short : NAM
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Have bills : OWE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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