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New York Times, Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hint to the word ladder in the answers to the starred clues

Author:
Barry C. Silk
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Barry C. Silk

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 38 for Mr. Silk. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2009, The New York Times4/29/09 ( No. 21,722 )

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Across
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*Start of a 38-Across : NINE
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"The Good Earth" heroine : OLAN
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So last year : PASSE
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___ about : ONOR
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*Small part of a spork : TINE
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Recyclable item : EMPTY
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Prayer wheel user : LAMA
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*Musical quality : TONE
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Strike down : SMITE
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Cockpit announcements, briefly : ETAS
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Millstone : ONUS
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*Made tracks : TORE
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Strength : SINEW
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Cord unit : LOG
27
Good name for an investment adviser? : IRA
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Permanently attached, in zoology : SESSILE
32
Early MP3-sharing Web site : NAPSTER
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*Teed off : SORE
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Up-to-date : LATEST
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Hint to the word ladder in the answers to the starred clues : STANDARDWORKDAY
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"... and that's final!" : PERIOD
44
*Put into piles : SORT
45
Canal site, maybe : ISTHMUS
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Showing irritation : PEEVISH
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Last in a series : NTH
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Toxic pollutant, for short : PCB
55
Sweet, in Italy : DOLCE
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*Locale in a western : FORT
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Many Christmas ornaments : ORBS
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Holly : ILEX
63
Crossword maker or editor, at times : CLUER
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*It may precede a stroke : FORE
65
Rat Pack nickname : DINO
66
Dirección sailed by Columbus : OESTE
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*Ax : FIRE
68
Change components, often : ONES
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Dag Hammarskjöld, for one : SWEDE
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Some cameras, for short : SLRS
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*End of a 38-Across : FIVE
Down
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At minimum : NOLESS
2
How baseball games rarely end : INATIE
3
Kind of land : NOMANS
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Undoes : ERASES
5
Camp Swampy dog : OTTO
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Symbol of courage : LION
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Undo : ANNUL
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"Kinsey" star, 2004 : NEESON
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Orkin victim : PEST
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Survivalist's stockpile : AMMO
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Full of energy : SPIRITED
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"The Way of Perfection" writer : STTERESA
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Word after red or dead : EYE
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Solomon's asset : WISDOM
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In profusion : GALORE
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Pseudo-cultured : ARTY
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Stockpile : LOADUP
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Muff one : ERR
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Like some men's hair : PARTED
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Nasdaq buy: Abbr. : STK
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Wynn and Harris : EDS
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Quick drive : SPIN
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Tried out at an Air Force base : TESTFLEW
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Theater for niche audiences : ARTHOUSE
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Medical research org. : NIH
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Doo-___ : WOP
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Shows scorn : SCOFFS
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Lacking : VOIDOF
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"Fighting" athletes : ILLINI
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Part of an act, perhaps : SCENEV
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Simple sugar : HEXOSE
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Range setting : BROIL
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On Soc. Sec., say : RETD
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Trap, in a way : TREE
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Winter exclamation : BRRR
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Goes with : SEES
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Orgs. with "Inc." in their names : COS

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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