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TWO, PLEASE

New York Times, Sunday, March 20, 2005

Novel that begins "'Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents'"

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 136, Blocks: 69 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 72 for Mr. Berry.
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© 2005, The New York Times3/20/05 ( No. 20,221 )
Across
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Tunnel of love vehicle : BOAT
5
St. Crispin's Day mo. : OCT
8
Antarctic explorer Sir Vivian : FUCHS
13
Scarlett's heartthrob : ASHLEY
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In hopeless shape : UNUSABLE
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Pasty : ASHEN
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George who directed "Creepshow," 1982 : ROMERO
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Home of the Houdini Museum : SCRANTON
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Drawing ___ (two, please) : ROOMANDBOARD
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Lost ___ (two, please) : HEARTANDSOUL
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Hooked letter : CEE
29
"The Premature Burial" author : POE
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The "I" of I. M. Pei : IEOH
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Hard ___ (two, please) : ROCKANDROLL
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From ___ on (two, please) : HEREANDNOW
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Pipe residue : SOOT
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[This is heavy!] : OOF
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City on the Mohawk : UTICA
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Area north of Leicester Square : SOHO
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San Antonio-to-Ft. Worth dir. : NNE
47
European capital whose name is Greek for "wisdom" : SOFIA
50
Bygone women's magazine : MCCALLS
53
Omar of "The Mod Squad," 1999 : EPPS
55
"Cyrano de Bergerac" author : ROSTAND
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___ on (two, please) : SHORTANDSWEET
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Highly reactive metal : CESIUM
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As well : TOBOOT
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Simón Bolívar's birthplace : CARACAS
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Cycle starter : TRI
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Cotton press output : BALE
69
Appian Way traveler : ROMAN
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Speak at length : RUNON
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Stimulate : WHET
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Ring from Hawaii : LEI
74
Wedding hiree : CATERER
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Send over the edge : ENRAGE
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Besides : ATTHAT
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White ___ (two, please) : BREADANDWATER
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Extreme : INTENSE
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Frigg's husband : ODIN
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Refuse : SAYNOTO
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Get one's second wind : RALLY
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Return filler, maybe: Abbr. : CPA
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"Secret Window" star, 2004 : DEPP
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Tree houses : NESTS
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Prima donna problem : EGO
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Münster Mister : HERR
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___ it out (two, please) : WAITANDSEE
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Religious ___ (two, please) : LAWANDORDER
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Sewed up : ICED
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Comedian Philips : EMO
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Frightened sound : EEK
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Roller ___ (two, please) : BALLANDCHAIN
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___ capsule (two, please) : TIMEANDSPACE
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Be too hasty about : RUSHINTO
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Assurance to a jokester : IGETIT
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They may be irresistible : URGES
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Set right : ORIENTED
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Generic, as products : NONAME
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Western coalition? : POSSE
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Steppingstone to pres., maybe : SEN
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Torch bearer? : DIME
Down
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Australian wild : BUSH
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A while ago : ONCE
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Mystique : AURA
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Ruler of yore : TSAR
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Pick up : OBTAIN
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Back from the dead, maybe : CLONED
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Strings you might pull : TENDONS
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Popular game in Old West saloons : FARO
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"Forgive ___ trespasses …" : USOUR
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Barrio hooligans : CHOLOS
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Sew up? : HEM
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Have in the interim : SNACKON
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Tennyson's "Enoch ___" : ARDEN
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Blubber : SOB
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67-Down offering: Abbr. : HMO
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Acceptance sans proof : LEAPOFFAITH
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"My Wicked, Wicked Ways" author Flynn : ERROL
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Tyrolean cry : YODEL
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Certain soldier : ANT
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More elegant : NEATER
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Order to disperse : SHOO
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Taken : CONSTRUED
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Beds (down), in Britain : DOSSES
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Hometown ties : ROOTS
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Drones : HUMS
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Cut, as glass : ETCH
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"Little Caesar" character : RICO
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Game similar to euchre : ECARTE
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Architect Alvar ___ : AALTO
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Forehead wiper's exclamation : WHEW
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Grp. that includes Nigeria : OPEC
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Condition : INURE
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Come clean about : ADMIT
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Test subjects : LABRATS
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High-hat type : SNOOT
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Popular brandy flavor : PEAR
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National anthem adopted in 1980 : OCANADA
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Planetarium roof : DOME
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It's never left at sea : STARBOARD
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Actress Faris of the "Scary Movie" movies : ANNA
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Skin ailments : CORNS
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First Labor P.M. to win consecutive terms : BLAIR
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Humana or Cigna competitor : AETNA
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Novel that begins "'Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents'" : LITTLEWOMEN
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Unlikely prom king : NERD
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Independent, as young : WEANED
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Colorado creation : CANYON
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Journalist Whitelaw ___ : REID
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Tony who led the N.L. in batting eight times : GWYNN
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Wyeth portrait subject : HELGA
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Over again : ANEW
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Flip : TOSS
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Suffix with lay : ETTE
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Gift on "The Bachelor" : ROSE
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Had lingering effects : ECHOED
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Starts to show interest : PERKSUP
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Milkmaid's need : PAIL
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Vagabonds : PICAROS
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Arranges again, as groceries : REBAGS
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Professor plum? : TENURE
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Contributes : ADDSIN
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Grant access to : LETIN
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Buddy : AMIGO
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Al ___ : DENTE
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Makes circuits, possibly : RACES
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___-majesté : LESE
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"Evita" role : CHE
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Posterior : HIND
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Con : ANTI
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One on a list : ITEM
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Intersection : NODE
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Seventh letter : ETA
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Ready follower? : AIM
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Not con : PRO

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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