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New York Times, Monday, March 31, 2008

Author:
Jeff Armstrong
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Armstrong. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 0331 ( 21,328 )
Across
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Sea creature that sidles : CRAB
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Group of eight musicians : OCTET
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Underhanded plan : PLOT
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Greeting in Granada : HOLA
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Get up : ARISE
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Toy block brand : LEGO
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Andy's partner in old radio : AMOS
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*Sci-fi barrier : FORCEFIELD
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*Newspaper article lead-in : DATELINE
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Quenched : SLAKED
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Big name in audio equipment : BOSE
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Martial artist Jackie : CHAN
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Result of a belly flop : SPLASH
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*When the curtain goes up : SHOWTIME
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Quiet spells : LULLS
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Bed board : SLAT
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Turf : SOD
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Kind of history : ORAL
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Word that can precede each half of the answers to each of the eight starred clues : AIR
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Performed ballads, e.g. : SANG
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President pro ___ : TEM
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Go after bucks or ducks, say : HUNT
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Outpouring : SPATE
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*Wrestling move that puts an arm around someone's neck : HEADLOCK
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Less bold : MEEKER
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Slick : OILY
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Corduroy ridge : WALE
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Measly : PALTRY
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*Secret communication location : MAILDROP
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*Mars Pathfinder, for one : SPACECRAFT
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Rouse from slumber : WAKE
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Regarding : ASTO
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Western flick, in old lingo : OATER
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Farm measure : ACRE
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Abound (with) : TEEM
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One of a reporter's five W's : WHERE
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Annum : YEAR
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Punched-out part of a paper ballot : CHAD
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Capital of Italia : ROMA
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Plenty : ALOT
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*Diamond game : BASEBALL
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Like a lout : OAFISH
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Hag : CRONE
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Become bushed : TIRE
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PC bailout key : ESC
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Golfer's opening drive : TEESHOT
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Flexible : PLIANT
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Cousin of an onion : LEEK
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Gawk at : OGLE
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Sondheim's "Sweeney ___" : TODD
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Scratch on a diamond, e.g. : FLAW
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Amount printed in red ink : LOSS
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Nautical map : CHART
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Slow-moving mammal : SLOTH
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Blender setting : PUREE
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South American wool source : LLAMA
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Move with one's tail between one's legs : SLINK
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Actor and rockabilly crooner Chris : ISAAK
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Three-card hustle : MONTE
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Yard worker's tool : EDGER
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Impertinent : SAUCY
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*Indy 500 venue : SPEEDWAY
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"Yikes!" : HOLYCOW
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Hawk, as wares : SELL
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Business that may have gone boom and then bust in the '90s : DOTCOM
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Pre-euro money in 2-Down : LIRE
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___ d' : MAITRE
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Eucharist disk : WAFER
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H.S. junior's exam : PSAT
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Cathedral recess : APSE
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Tardy : LATE
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Corner, as a king : MATE
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10K or marathon : RACE
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Gumbo ingredient : OKRA
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House of Lords member : PEER
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Pep squad shout : RAH

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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