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PLAYING THE GAME

New York Times, Sunday, March 3, 2002

Author:
Elizabeth C. Gorski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Elizabeth C. Gorski

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {BJQXZ} This is puzzle # 87 for Ms. Gorski. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2002, The New York TimesNo. 0303 ( 19,108 )
Across
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Noble : ARISTOCRATIC
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Losing : MISPLACING
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Florida destination for some snowbirds : WINTERPARK
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Common carriers : ATTACHECASES
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Shortcut, perhaps : SIDESTREET
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Its borders are French and Swiss : LAKEGENEVA
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Smudge : SOIL
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Earthlink competitor : AOL
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React to Ricky Martin, say : SWOON
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W. E. B. Du Bois was one of its founders : NAACP
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What 7-Up isn't : COLA
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Fine jacket materials : SUEDES
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Lao-___ : TSE
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See 55-Across : STAR
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Olympian Yamaguchi : KRISTI
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Lott of Washington : TRENT
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Fall shade : RUST
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On : ATOP
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Albéniz's "Cantos de ___" : ESPANA
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Pres. appointee : SECY
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Bloom shaped like a 43-Across : ASTER
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Tax prep. expert : CPA
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"On the Town" characters : SAILORS
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D.C. insider : POL
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Emulated E.T. : PHONEDHOME
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Leggy one : CENTIPEDE
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They're nuts : PISTACHIOS
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Backwater, with "the" : STICKS
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Foolish : INANE
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Sierra ___ : LEONE
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Soul's Lattisaw who sang "Let Me Be Your Angel" : STACY
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Affirm : SWEAR
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Impale : SPEAR
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U.S. president, at times : VETOER
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Some Christmas decorations : MISTLETOES
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Booms : GOODTIMES
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Cat-o'-nine-tails feature : APOSTROPHE
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Final: Abbr. : ULT
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Under a microscope : STUDIED
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Tina's ex : IKE
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Fire work : ARSON
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Ancient greetings : AVES
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New citizen, perhaps : EMIGRE
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Zaire's Mobutu ___ Seko : SESE
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Cry of a person with a hammer : SOLD
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Botticelli's "The Birth of ___" : VENUS
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Just knew : SENSED
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This is the end : RUMP
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Hosp. figures : MDS
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Kind of plane : ASTRAL
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Desertlike : SERE
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San Antonio team : SPURS
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Threshing tool : FLAIL
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Oriole's home : ELM
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Prefix with -derm : ECTO
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The Met's "Hunt of the Unicorn" and others : TAPESTRIES
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Pithy : TOTHEPOINT
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Passes to Verdi : OPERATICKETS
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It may rise and fall during a speech : ADAMSAPPLE
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Gets a whole new view of : REASSESSES
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Agrees (with) : SEESEYETOEYE
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Cries heard around baby pictures : AWS
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New York's Jacob ___ Park : RIIS
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___-European : INDO
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Bar decoration : STEIN
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Magnetic induction units : TESLAS
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Morsel : ORT
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E.R. skill : CPR
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Arctic explorer John : RAE
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Bailiwick : AREA
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Clock sound : TICKTOCK
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Opposite of bien : MAL
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"I've said ___ thousand times ..." : ITA
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Library section : STACKS
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"That was close!" : PHEW
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Building composition, maybe : LEGOS
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Beat, as the competition : ACEOUT
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Packing crew : CANNERS
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Expert ending? : ISE
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State since 1864: Abbr. : NEV
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Govt. construction overseer : GSA
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Traditional bodies of knowledge : LORES
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___ crossroads : ATA
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Get the picture : CATCHON
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Suggest : PROPOSE
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A Simpson sister : LISA
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Chilled garnishes : ASPICS
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Intensify : DEEPEN
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Make secret : ENCODE
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Fashion : STYLE
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"The Sound of Music" family name : TRAPP
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Sake go-with : SUSHI
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These, to Juan : ESTOS
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Romance, perhaps : TALE
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Look ___ : INON
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Octopuslike : TENTACLED
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Dawber of "Mork & Mindy" : PAM
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Most bohemian : ARTIEST
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Cooks, as leftovers : REHEATS
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"On the Town" performer : SINATRA
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Igneous rock : DIORITE
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Latin I word : ESSE
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Places with rocking chairs : PARLORS
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Game-winning cry : TICTACTOE
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Actress Sedgwick : KYRA
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Fastballs : SMOKERS
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Gets smart : WISESUP
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Works : SOLVES
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Packing a punch : POTENT
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Optimistic gestures : VSIGNS
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___ salts : EPSOM
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Initial bit of progress : TOEHOLD
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Channels : SENDS
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Pastry paste base : GUAVA
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Bouquet parts : MUMS
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Emmy winner Falco : EDIE
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TV's Magnum and others : PIS
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Skye writing : ERSE
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Groundbreaking manufacturer? : DEERE
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Beach sights : SURFERS
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This may never get off the ground : EMU
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Dances energetically : SALSAS
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Some sorority women : DELTAS
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Modern gas pump notice : PREPAY
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Trellis : LATTICE
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Range : SCOPE
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Vexes : IRKS
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"Hogwash!" : LIES
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Fashion : MODE
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Not go boldly : TIPTOE
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Just : ONLY
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Height : TOR
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Chest thumper : APE
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___ green : PEA
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"Les Nuits d'___" : ETE
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Sound at a fish fry : SSS
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___ Bo (exercise system) : TAE
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Letters at sea : HMS
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London-to-Dover dir. : ESE
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Swing site : TEE

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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