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New York Times, Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Alternative to avoid the headaches of 17-, 26-, 44- and 58-Across

Author:
Lucy Gardner Anderson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lucy Gardner Anderson

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {HQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Anderson. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2007, The New York Times3/27/07 ( No. 20,958 )
Across
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Mammoth : GIANT
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Like some mattresses : FIRM
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Doorframe part : JAMB
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Inuit home : IGLOO
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Saint-Saëns song : ARIA
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Ike's alma mater: Abbr. : USMA
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First sign of a highway headache : ROADWORKONEMILE
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Peter, Paul and Mary, e.g. : TRIO
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U.K. heads : PMS
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Damage : IMPAIR
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JFK and LAX overseer : FAA
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On the foul line, ironically : FAIR
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Second sign of a highway headache : LEFTLANECLOSED
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Nasser was its pres. : UAR
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Back-to-back awards for Hanks : OSCARS
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Like some ales : PALE
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Shoulder bag feature : STRAP
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Dirt-dishing publication : RAG
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Dame Nellie ___ : MELBA
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Just managed, with "out" : EKED
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Like petting-zoo animals : DOCILE
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TV remote abbr. : VOL
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Third sign of a highway headache : REDUCESPEEDNOW
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David Bowie's "___ Dance" : LETS
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Nashville sch. : TSU
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Keynote giver : ORATOR
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Hammarskjöld of the U.N. : DAG
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___-to-order : MADE
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Final sign of a highway headache : FINESAREDOUBLED
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Love, personified : AMOR
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RC or Jolt : COLA
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"I wanna!" : LEMME
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Big Apple ltrs. : NYNY
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Swarm : TEEM
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Alternative to avoid the headaches of 17-, 26-, 44- and 58-Across : TRAIN
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Encircled : GIRT
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Composer Stravinsky : IGOR
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Jai ___ : ALAI
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Doze : NODOFF
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Job for a wrecker : TOW
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4-Her's home : FARM
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Vexes : IRKS
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Kia model : RIO
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Nut jobs : MANIACS
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Kids' playground activity : JUMPROPE
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Where Marco Polo explored : ASIA
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Mid 21st-century date : MMLI
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Entertainer Max or Max Jr. : BAER
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Iridescent gems : OPALS
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Painter Nolde : EMIL
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Straddling : ATOP
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Prince Andrew's ex : FERGIE
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Deli pancake : LATKE
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Slipped up : ERRED
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Down's opposite : ACROSS
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Civil rights grp. : NAACP
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Battleship blast : SALVO
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Macaroni shape : ELBOW
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TV word before and after "or no" : DEAL
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Rehab candidate : USER
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"The Scarlet Letter" subject : ADULTERY
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Rx items : MEDS
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Take away (from) : DETRACT
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Set free : LETGO
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Corp. heads : CEOS
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Karaoke selection : NUMBER
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In the blink ___ eye : OFAN
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Frost-covered : RIMY
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Ever's partner : ANON
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Strike out : DELE
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Comedian Sandler : ADAM
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___ mater : ALMA
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Moore of "Striptease," 1996 : DEMI
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Idyllic spot : EDEN
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___ v. Wade : ROE
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Final: Abbr. : ULT

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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