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New York Times, Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Scoring a 10 in gymnastics, say

Author:
Sheldon Benardo
Editor:
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Sheldon Benardo

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQWXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Benardo.
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© 2002, The New York Times4/24/02 ( No. 19,160 )
Across
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Scoring a 10 in gymnastics, say : FEAT
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A Muppet : ELMO
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Cloak-and-dagger person : SPOOK
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Zoning minimum, maybe : ACRE
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Dear's partner : NEAR
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Remove, Soviet-style : PURGE
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Tees off : IRES
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Site of some Sargents : TATE
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___ Gay (W.W. II plane) : ENOLA
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Like a Muscovite at 5 p.m.? : RUSSIANHOME
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Basketball "trophy" : NET
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Sch. on the Charles River : MIT
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They're cast : ACTORS
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Roundup terminus : CORRAL
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Nouveau ___ : RICHE
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Qatar bigwig: Var. : AMEER
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Short-billed rail : SORA
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Barely beat : EDGE
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Helsinki mother's exhortation? : FINNISHYOURMEAL
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Suffix with towel : ETTE
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Penny-pinching : MEAN
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Makes better : HEALS
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Give the third degree : GRILL
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Torso : MIDDLE
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Shampoo bottle instruction : REPEAT
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Whole lot : TON
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Suffix with percent : ILE
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Game decider in Bangkok? : THAIBREAKER
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Attack : SETAT
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Pizazz : BRIO
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**** review : RAVE
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Mournful peal : KNELL
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Old-fashioned dance locale : BARN
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Not windward : ALEE
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Looie's subordinate : SARGE
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Loose ___ : ENDS
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Furnish for now : LEND
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Worth a C : FAIR
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Neutral tone : ECRU
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Bellicose god : ARES
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1979 Kinski title role : TESS
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Involve : ENTAIL
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Wasn't erect : LEANT
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S.A.T. section : MATH
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___ O's (Post cereal) : OREO
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Teleprompter's contents : SPEECH
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20-, 39- or 53-Across, say : PUN
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Home of the Black Bears : ORONO
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Leering sort : OGLER
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"Ode to Psyche" poet : KEATS
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___ ware (Japanese porcelain) : IMARI
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Hong Kong neighbor: Var. : MACAU
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Swarmed : TEEMED
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Eatery : CAFE
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Leave off : OMIT
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$50 Boardwalk outlay : RENT
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Weasel out : RENEGE
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Like some flushes : ROYAL
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It's sometimes cast : IRON
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Author Silverstein : SHEL
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Bo-o-o-o-ring : DEAD
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Chutzpah : GALL
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Ultimatum word : ELSE
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Title "Mr." of a 1939 film : SMITH
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Lorelei's river : RHINE
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Maraca, essentially : RATTLE
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Jerks : MORONS
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Puts on the line : RISKS
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"Maria ___" : ELENA
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Great name? : PETER
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"Fun, Fun, Fun" car : TBIRD
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Religious figure : ABBE
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1979-81 hostage site : IRAN
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Asia's ___ Sea : ARAL
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Do-re-mi : KALE
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Not bumpy : EVEN
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Bassoon, e.g. : REED
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H.S. class : ALG

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