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WHAT'S THE ALTERNATIVE?

New York Times, Sunday, April 21, 2002

Author:
Trip Payne
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Trip Payne

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 73 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 20 for Mr. Payne. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2002, The New York TimesNo. 0421 ( 19,157 )
Across
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Bad strokes : MISHITS
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Walking difficulties : GIMPS
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Was against : ABUTTED
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Panegyrics : ENCOMIA
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Designer Mizrahi : ISAAC
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It needs to be kept in shape : TOPIARY
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Not budging : ADAMANT
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Alternative music? : RHYTHMORBLUES
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Alternative newspaper? : TORONTOGLOBEORMAIL
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Several periods : ERA
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Fork-tailed fliers : TERNS
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Is on the verge of : NEARS
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Detesting : ABHORRING
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The Zone, for one : FADDIET
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A.S.A.P. section : SOONAS
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Tale of derring-do : GESTE
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Marauder of yore : HUN
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Place for a platform: Abbr. : STA
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Delicate decoration : INLAY
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Alternative lifestyle? : ALLWORKORNOPLAY
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Most important : MAIN
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"___ bueno!" : MUY
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Literary prize : EDGAR
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Penitents : RUERS
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Mantra sounds : OMS
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Rotten : BAD
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Rotter : CAD
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Dutch explorer with an island named after him : TASMAN
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Alternative energy? : VIMORVIGOR
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Alternative theater? : THEKINGORI
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Gather (up) : MUSTER
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"That's really something!" : SAY
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Preceder of 74-Across? : EGG
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Preceder of 73-Across? : HEN
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The Duke of Cornwall's wife, in Shakespeare : REGAN
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A chorus line : TENOR
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N.B.A.'s Unseld : WES
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Mimic : MYNA
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Alternative medicine? : EARNOSEORTHROAT
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Song to Apollo : PAEAN
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Give it ___ : AGO
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Piece on a pedestal : URN
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Big East team : HOYAS
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Kind of bagel : SESAME
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More filled-out : PLUMPER
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Sagittarius : THEARCHER
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Floral leaf : SEPAL
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Some Air Force NCO's : SSGTS
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Get down : EAT
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Alternative comedy? : HANNAHORHERSISTERS
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Alternative school? : WILLIAMORMARY
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Have an afternoon snack : TAKETEA
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Rameau composition : ARIETTE
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Sushi restaurant supplier : EELER
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Never-ending : ETERNAL
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Women, to poets : FAIRSEX
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Golden Hind captain : DRAKE
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Corrects a wrong number : REDIALS
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Herbivores avoid it : MEAT
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___-Iranian languages : INDO
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Kind of tissue : SCAR
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___ habilis : HOMO
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Mogadishu-born model : IMAN
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Salon workers, at times : TINTERS
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Zen enlightenment : SATORI
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Demoiselle : GIRL
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"___ the Sheriff" (1974 #1 song) : ISHOT
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Evasive response : MAYBE
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What Commodus called Marcus Aurelius : PATER
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"Bei Mir Bist Du ___" : SCHON
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Little bit : ATOM
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When repeated, part of French Polynesia : BORA
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Put together, as pages in a book : UPBIND
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Worked the land : TILLED
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Kind of cross : TAU
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". ___ he drove out of sight ." : ERE
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Prefix with function : DYS
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Partner, with "the" : MRS
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Like a string bean : GANGLY
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Party divider, at times : AISLE
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Fix, as a driveway, maybe : RETAR
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Ignores one's wanderlust : STAYS
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"The Stars, Like Dust" author : ASIMOV
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Comet competitor : BONAMI
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Theory introduced by Jan Smuts : HOLISM
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"___ unrelated note ." : ONAN
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Beta follower : RAY
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Firm up : GEL
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Trapper's haul : FUR
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Shakers founder Lee : ANN
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Declare flat out : SWEAR
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Taylor's third : TODD
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Part of a joule : ERG
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Goddesses of the seasons : HORAE
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Check to the I.R.S.? : AUDIT
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Country singer Mattea : KATHY
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Sumatran simian : ORANG
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Boxlike sled : PUNG
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Dallas squad, to fans : MAVS
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Psychologist Bettelheim : BRUNO
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Tool used on pineapples : CORER
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Sport with pigeons : SKEET
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Korean War sights : MIGS
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Gulf of ___ : OMAN
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Board : GETON
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Take one's sweet time : TARRY
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Disbelieving cry : OHYEAH
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Change tags : RENAME
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More nuts : INANER
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Shaftesbury Avenue locale : SOHO
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Brings in : REAPS
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It balances out a double bogey : EAGLE
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Family : GROUP
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Ultimate : NTH
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Leak preventer : WASHER
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Like "Spanish" in Spanish: Abbr. : MASC
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Go after, in a way : SUE
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Need correcting : ERR
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It has a husk : OAT
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Part of a speed : PER
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Gorge : SATIATE
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"Symphony of a Thousand" composer : MAHLER
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Works with straw : PLAITS
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Rabbit season? : EASTER
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___ Miguel (Azores island) : SAO
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Bit : SHRED
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Complaining, irksome patient, in medical slang : GOMER
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Lilted syllables : TRALA
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2001 DreamWorks hit : SHREK
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Comic strip "Big ___" : NATE
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Chihuahua neighbor: Abbr. : NMEX
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Fictional governess : EYRE
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TV exec's work : SKED
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Actress Hatcher : TERI
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Where Enceladus is buried, in myth : ETNA
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Kind of number : REAL
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"Do the Right Thing" pizzeria : SALS
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Fem. auxiliary member : WAF
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It can be rolled over : IRA
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Last chapter of Jeremiah : LII

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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