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New York Times, Friday, April 28, 2006

55-Across : Weak one

Author:
Eric Berlin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Eric Berlin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 29 Missing: {GQZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 25 for Mr. Berlin.
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© 2006, The New York Times4/28/06 ( No. 20,625 )
Across
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Goons : APES
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"Star Wars" villain, for short : JABBA
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Not solid : IFFY
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"Shoot!" : DRAT
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Others, abroad : OTROS
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Senate majority leader, 1985-87 : DOLE
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Animated friend of the monkey Boots : DORATHEEXPLORER
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It's not standard : OPTION
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Some are natural : SCIENCES
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1940's-60's world leader : NEHRU
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Mollify : PLACATE
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Underhanded : SLY
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Send over : REAIR
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A toast : SKOAL
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Find one's place : FITIN
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Supergroup of the 1980's : MENUDO
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Corrupted : DEBASED
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Egyptian architect credited with building the Step Pyramid at Saqqara : IMHOTEP
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Puts on a pedestal : EXALTS
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Give money to : ENDOW
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"Hits the spot" sloganeer, once : PEPSI
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Up to : UNTIL
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One of the Beverly Hillbillies : JED
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Some farmers : TENANTS
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Caterpillar competitor : DEERE
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Battle of Britain fighter : SPITFIRE
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Builder's need, often : PERMIT
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Division of many a company : CUSTOMERSERVICE
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Vision: Prefix : OPTO
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Get ready to drive : TEEUP
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Apple variety : IMAC
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Weak one : WUSS
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Blast from the past : OLDIE
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Boss Tweed skewerer : NAST
Down
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They're not standard : ADDONS
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Move forward : PROPEL
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Unrefined : EARTHY
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Part of a flight : STAIR
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New Testament figure : JOHN
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Took in : ATE
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Best-selling author of "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight" : BRESLIN
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It's in for the long haul : BOXCAR
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Food garnish : ASPIC
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"Beats me" : IDONTKNOW
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Evict : FORCEOUT
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Skip : FLEE
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Informal possessive : YERS
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Sign inside a state line : TOURISTINFO
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Renter : LEASEHOLDER
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Stamp with a date : PAID
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Are, in Arles : ETES
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Drink with a straw, maybe : ADE
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Cut : LOP
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High parts : FALSETTOS
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Mid-millennium year : MMDI
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Passbook abbr. : DEP
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Windows file extension : EXE
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5-Down and others : BAPTISTS
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Dramatic football plays: Abbr. : INTS
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Popped in : ENTERED
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Take off a spindle : UNREEL
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Aunt ___ : JEMIMA
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Heathers : ERICAS
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Sense : DETECT
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"We ___ please" : AIMTO
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Senator of Watergate fame : ERVIN
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It's got a flat bottom : SCOW
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Kind of platter : PUPU
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Nickname for José : PEPE
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___ juris (in one's own right): Lat. : SUI

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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