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New York Times, Saturday, March 5, 2011

Real-life opera composer who's a title character in a Rimsky-Korsakov opera

Author:
Randolph Ross
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Randolph Ross

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 98 for Mr. Ross.
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© 2011, The New York Times3/5/11 ( No. 22,397 )
Across
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Drawing room gathering : ARTCLASS
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Yankee star who batted left and threw right : MARIS
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Went off on : RAILEDAT
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Channel between mainland England and the Isle of Wight, with "the" : SOLENT
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Place to stretch one's legs : KNEEHOLE
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Leg supports : TIBIAE
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It has two bridges in India : SITAR
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Homeostatic : INBALANCE
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Head-tail connection : NOR
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Fathers, in the Bible : BEGETS
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Jack-a-dandy : FOP
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More often than not : ASARULE
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Neil Diamond's "September ___" : MORN
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It may be pulled on a field : HAMSTRING
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Abided : BORNE
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Missing links, so to speak : APEMEN
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Euphemizes : MINCES
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Figure in the high 60s : DPLUS
34
Things rolled over by cars : ODOMETERS
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"___ of life, an imp of fame; / Of parents good ...": "Henry V" : ALAD
38
Like many an unsuccessful politician : ONETERM
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It's perfect : TEN
40
Secret places : CRYPTS
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Title in Topkapi : AGA
44
Capital served by Faleolo International Airport : APIASAMOA
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"A transient madness," per Horace : WRATH
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Audits, with "on" : SITSIN
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Term of endearment : SWEETPEA
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Getting ready, with "up" : TEEING
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Subway line : EATFRESH
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Piece of schoolwork : ESSAY
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See 40-Down : DNATESTS
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They're open on Saturdays : ARKS
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Took to the clink : RANIN
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Hook up with : TIETO
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Poorly explained : CLEARASMUD
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Specialty oven : LEHR
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Upset : ADO
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Real-life opera composer who's a title character in a Rimsky-Korsakov opera : SALIERI
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Arm of the British military : STENGUN
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Churns : MOILS
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"Valentine's Day" co-star, 2010 : ALBA
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Buttress : REINFORCE
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Trapped : INACORNER
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Slope : STEEPNESS
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Only one bears the name of a U.S. president : STATE
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E.U. member : BELG
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Place for a dance : BARN
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Images on windows of une cathédrale: Abbr. : STES
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Area where Dalí, Monet, Picasso and van Gogh all painted : MONTMARTRE
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Sipped : HADATASTE
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McDonald's offerings : APPLEPIES
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Black gemstones : MELANITES
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Stand at a ceremony : BIER
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Hugo's Thénardier and others: Abbr. : MMES
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Word: Suffix : ONYM
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Toppled : DEPOSED
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Senator supporter : OTTAWAN
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Rue Morgue murderer : ORANG
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Hit TV series featuring 54-Across : CSINY
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Goggles : GAPES
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Mushroom grower, for short? : ATEST
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Land shared by Iraq and Iran : ASIA
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Tapestry thread : WEFT
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Lots of laughs : HAHS
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Touchdown stat : ETA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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