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New York Times, Wednesday, May 16, 2007

"Piece of cake!" (and a hint to the starts of 17-Across and 11- and 27-Down)

Author:
Patrick Blindauer
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QVZ} Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzlemakers This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Blindauer.
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© 2007, The New York Times5/16/07 ( No. 21,008 )

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Across
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Birthplace of Galileo : PISA
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Up : ATBAT
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Not much : ATAD
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Bad time for Caesar : IDES
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Word with press or Marine : CORPS
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Broccoli ___ (leafy vegetable) : RABE
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Thrill : TICKLEPINK
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Critical hosp. areas : ICUS
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Close communication? : TETEATETE
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Emmy winner for "Chicago Hope" : LAHTI
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Couple : DYAD
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Part of a chemistry group : AMINO
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Conservatory graduate : ARTIST
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Heartless one? : TINMAN
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Companion of 28-Across : LION
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It merged with Mobil : EXXON
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Plane prefix : AERO
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Seaport of New Guinea : LAE
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Part of a coach's chalk-talk diagram : OXX
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Start of a countdown : TEN
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Baseball's Ed and Mel : OTTS
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"... like a ___ chocolates" : BOXOF
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Tennis great Lacoste : RENE
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Bernstein's "Trouble in ___" : TAHITI
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Eye passionately : LEERAT
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Jong who wrote "Fanny" : ERICA
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Boohoo : BAWL
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Roman septet : HILLS
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Flo Ziegfeld's specialty : STAGEACTS
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Athens's setting : OHIO
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"Piece of cake!" (and a hint to the starts of 17-Across and 11- and 27-Down) : CHILDSPLAY
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Musical Mitchell : JONI
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One of Homer's in-laws : SELMA
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Maglie and Mineo : SALS
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Diner sign : OPEN
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On pins and needles : ANTSY
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Give out : EMIT
Down
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Willis's "Twelve Monkeys" co-star : PITT
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Romeo's last words : IDIE
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Group of prayers : SECT
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Didn't leave waiting at the door : ASKEDIN
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Film overlay : ACETATE
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Imbibed : TOPED
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One who watches the telly : BRIT
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Breathing problem : APNEA
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"Ba-a-a-ad!" : TSK
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Huffington who wrote "Fanatics & Fools" : ARIANNA
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Part of a dash : TACHOMETER
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Go up against : ABUT
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Half a classic sitcom couple : DESI
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Places : LAYS
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Year before Trajan was born : LII
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Fuji, e.g.: Abbr. : MTN
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Apportion : ALLOT
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Rope with a slipknot : RIATA
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Do what is expected : TOETHELINE
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Sporting site : ARENA
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Three trios : NONET
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Kiss and hugs, in a love letter : XOO
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Adults-only : XXX
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Big name in kitchen gadgets : OXO
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Certain cut : SIRLOIN
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Certain razor : BIC
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June 14 : FLAGDAY
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Medical setback : RELAPSE
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"___ a pity" : TIS
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Mas with baas : EWES
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Blanched : ASHEN
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Soothers : BALMS
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Breakfast spot, briefly : HOJO
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Breakfast spot, briefly : IHOP
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Feature of the earth : TILT
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Quahog, e.g. : CLAM
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Anklebones : TALI
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Part of DOS: Abbr. : SYST
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Gen. Lee's cause : CSA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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