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New York Times, Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Author:
Andrea Carla Michaels and Peter L. Stein
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter L. Stein

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 21 for Ms. Michaels. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Stein. NYT links: Across Lite
Constructor notes:

ACME: This puzzle was with longtime friend and college buddy Peter Stein, who is better than I am at everything we do...except maybe Scrabble! We decided to collaborate on a puzzle, his idea to riff off the one I had 10/27/08 a year and a half earlier with frequent collaborator Michael Blake.

The 08 puzzle had SPIN as the reveal, i.e. SP-IN (SPUTTERNONSENSE, SPRAYOFSUNSHINE, SPACEOFDIAMONDS) so we decided to try SP-OUT, where we took OUT the letters SP. As a result the phrases are shorter than the three 15 spanners of the original puzzle, but we made up for it by having four entries. It's harder to take out letters and still have a phrase that makes sense. There is more energy and fun in adding letters... I think that's what made this a Wednesday.

It's been over 5 years and we are itching to collaborate again!

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© 2010, The New York TimesNo. 0428 ( 22,086 )
Across
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Appetite arouser : AROMA
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Show appreciation, in a way : CLAP
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Busyness : ADO
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Reporting to : BELOW
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"Gladiator" setting : ROME
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Groucho's cigar, e.g. : PROP
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Attila, for one? : ACEINVADER
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First-rate stand-up comic : RIOT
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Bird sounds : COOS
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Neck and neck : EVEN
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Is tiresome : WEARS
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How some things are set : INSTONE
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When said three times, a dance : CHA
25
Cowardly boxer? : RINGCHICKEN
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Voice opposition : DEMUR
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Food with lots of fiber : ROUGHAGE
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North Carolina's ___ University : ELON
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Jefferson's religious belief : DEISM
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"L'___ c'est moi" : ETAT
40
Like a photon : MASSLESS
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Herders' tools : PRODS
43
Where to find a genie? : INTHEBOTTLE
46
Colony worker : ANT
47
Polite reply that may be accompanied by eye-rolling : YESDEAR
52
The Destroyer, in Hinduism : SHIVA
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Relative of Bowser : FIDO
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Concerning : INRE
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Trek : HIKE
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Holders of some pipe joints? : ELLBINDERS
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Start the bidding : OPEN
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Middling : SOSO
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Nimbi : AURAE
64
Carry-on checkers: Abbr. : TSA
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Bit of laughter : PEAL
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Teapot part ... or a two-word hint to 16-, 25-, 43- and 59-Across : SPOUT
Down
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Early counters : ABACI
2
Military drone's job, for short : RECON
3
Spreads in bars : OLEOS
4
Like towelettes, typically : MOIST
5
Barley bristle : AWN
6
Lily-livered : CRAVEN
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Prospector's strike : LODE
8
Word of agreement : AMEN
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A pop : PER
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"Habanera" from "Carmen" is one : ARIA
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"Let's Make a Deal" choice : DOOR
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Stops waffling : OPTS
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Flock leader : PREACHER
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Caesar's "I came" : VENI
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Taylor or Tyler : WHIG
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Norris Trophy winner for eight consecutive years : ORR
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One to hang with : CHUM
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Miller's need : GRIST
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N.Y.S.E. listings : COS
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Green Hornet's sidekick : KATO
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"Yikes!" : EGAD
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Pulls in : NETS
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Prefix with god : DEMI
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Zip : ELAN
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Kind of votes a candidate wants : MOST
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Stubbly : UNSHAVEN
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Cardholder's woe : DEBT
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That, in Toledo : ESO
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___ the Hyena of "Li'l Abner" : LENA
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Foot, to a zoologist : PES
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Popular bathroom cleaner : TYDBOL
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First pope with the title "the Great" : LEOI
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Fixed fashionably : DIDUP
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Summer month in South America : ENERO
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Pianist Claudio : ARRAU
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Change, as an alarm : RESET
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It may precede a chaser : SHOT
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They may swivel : HIPS
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Self-assembly retail chain : IKEA
55
Ice sheet : FLOE
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She said "Play it, Sam" : ILSA
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"I know what you're thinking" skill : ESP
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"If I Ruled the World" rapper : NAS

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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