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New York Times, Monday, March 5, 2007

Race that once had a four-minute barrier

Author:
Fred Piscop
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Fred Piscop

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QVWXZ} This is puzzle # 135 for Mr. Piscop.
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© 2007, The New York Times3/5/07 ( No. 20,936 )

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Digging tool : SPADE
6
___ McAn shoes : THOM
10
Felt remorse : RUED
14
Israel's Sharon : ARIEL
15
Lira's replacement : EURO
16
"Don't Tread ___" (old flag warning) : ONME
17
Planter without hired hands : DIRTFARMER
19
Game-stopping call : TIME
20
"Zip-___-Doo-Dah" : ADEE
21
"I didn't know that!" : GEE
22
Nervous giggle : TITTER
24
Fabrics for towels, robes, etc. : TERRIES
26
Sukiyaki side dish : RICE
27
Auto mechanic : GREASEMONKEY
32
Nests, for birds : HOMES
35
Fall site in Genesis : EDEN
36
Eco-friendly org. : EPA
37
___ Brothers, who sang "Rag Mop" : AMES
38
Fur tycoon John Jacob : ASTOR
40
Trickle out : SEEP
41
A Bobbsey twin : NAN
42
Leave off : OMIT
43
Storied engineer Casey : JONES
44
Any member of Nirvana or Pearl Jam : GRUNGEROCKER
48
Java dispensers : URNS
49
Take back : RETRACT
53
Popular drink mix : NESTEA
56
Extra-wide, on a shoebox : EEE
57
Fitzgerald who knew how to scat : ELLA
58
Eurasia's ___ Mountains : URAL
59
Smear campaigner : MUDSLINGER
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Race that once had a four-minute barrier : MILE
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Give off : EMIT
64
Knight's mount : STEED
65
Borscht vegetable : BEET
66
D.C. nine, for short : NATS
67
Pig voiced by Mel Blanc : PORKY
Down
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Begin's co-Nobelist : SADAT
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Family of lions : PRIDE
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Broadcaster : AIRER
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Cleanses : DETERGES
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Keebler baker, in ads : ELF
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Humanitarian Mother ___ : TERESA
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Actor Cronyn : HUME
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Smelter input : ORE
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Edgar Bergen dummy ___ Snerd : MORTIMER
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Way past ripe : ROTTEN
11
Condo or apartment : UNIT
12
Noted plus-size model : EMME
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___ Xing (sign) : DEER
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"The Morning Watch" writer James : AGEE
23
Clickable screen symbol : ICON
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E-file receiver : IRS
26
Change the décor of : REDO
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Brief tussle : SETTO
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Like an eagle's vision : KEEN
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Blunted sword : EPEE
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Big fat mouths : YAPS
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Nail to the wall : HANG
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Epps of TV's "House" : OMAR
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Chalkboard writing at a cafe : MENU
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Emphatic words of agreement : AMENAMEN
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Knighted ones : SIRS
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Bay of Naples tourist city : SORRENTO
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Hideous sort : OGRE
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Namath, for most of his career : JET
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Small seed : NUTLET
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Blue jay toppers : CRESTS
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It runs from stem to stern : KEEL
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"Ragged Dick" writer Horatio : ALGER
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One iron, in old golf lingo : CLEEK
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Late, on a report card : TARDY
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Under the effects of Novocain : NUMB
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Lake named after an Indian tribe : ERIE
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Red-tag event : SALE
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Trim, as text : EDIT
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Actress Thurman : UMA
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AOL, e.g.: Abbr. : ISP

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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