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New York Times, Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Trickster's comment, after 17-, 33- or 42-Across

Author:
Sherry O. Blackard
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Sherry O. Blackard

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: none – this is a pangram. Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 40 for Ms. Blackard. NYT links: Across Lite
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W
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A
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R
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D
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A
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D
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D
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S
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V
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E
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R
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G
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E
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A
X
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N
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P
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O
D
O
U
L
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D
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P
P
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I
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G
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K
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E
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L
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P
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E
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R
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S
P
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Y
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E
H
S
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A
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B
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D
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N
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N
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E
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D
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G
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L
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Z
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H
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C
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O
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E
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D
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Q
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F
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L
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D
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A
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M
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S
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S
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P
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O
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A
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A
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T
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L
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C
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T
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J
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O
K
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N
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U
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A
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U
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P
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K
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B
O
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© 2005, The New York Times5/17/05 ( No. 20,279 )

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Across
1
Fend (off) : WARD
5
Puts on : ADDS
9
Threshold : VERGE
14
Nerve impulse transmitter : AXON
15
Smart-alecky : PERT
16
Lefty of 1920's-30's baseball : ODOUL
17
First trick : DISAPPEARINGINK
20
San Jose-to-Fresno dir. : ESE
21
ThinkPad, e.g. : LAPTOP
22
Otherwise : ELSE
23
Capek play : RUR
24
Neuter : SPAY
26
Uninspired reactions : EHS
27
Middle part : ABDOMEN
31
Hard up : NEEDY
33
Second trick : DRIBBLEGLASS
36
Pitts of "Life With Father" : ZASU
37
Domain of the Hapsburgs, once: Abbr. : HRE
38
Like many college dorms : COED
42
Third trick : SQUIRTFLOWER
47
Statistic : DATUM
49
Eagles on the wing : SOARERS
50
Fall guy : SAP
51
Seine feeder : OISE
54
They keep "Q" from "U" : RST
55
Samoan port : APIA
57
Agassi and Maginot : ANDRES
59
Motherly ministering, for short : TLC
62
Trickster's comment, after 17-, 33- or 42-Across : THEJOKEWASONYOU
65
Open, as a bottle : UNCAP
66
Suffix with million : AIRE
67
Twist the arm of : URGE
68
Jury composition : PEERS
69
Place for a bouncing baby : KNEE
70
Reactions to dirty tricks : BOOS
Down
1
Go in with rolled-up pants? : WADE
2
Main line : AXIS
3
Stood up : ROSE
4
Crime lab stuff : DNA
5
Hat and coat, e.g. : APPAREL
6
Bottomless : DEEP
7
Mild oaths : DRATS
8
Razor sharpener : STROP
9
Mezzo-soprano Frederica ___ Stade : VON
10
Head start : EDGE
11
Muddied the waters : ROILED
12
Cautious : GUNSHY
13
Actress Sommer et al. : ELKES
18
Perpendicular : PLUMB
19
"The smile of beauty" toothpaste : IPANA
23
Full-bodied : ROBUST
25
"I agree" : YES
27
Cutting tool : ADZ
28
Top of the lingerie line : BRA
29
Criticize, slangily : DIS
30
NuGrape competitor : NEHI
32
Police car with a flashing light, maybe : ESCORT
34
Unhappy response : GRR
35
"Sure, why don't we?!" : LETS
39
See red? : OWE
40
Always, poetically : EER
41
A.M.A. members : DRS
43
Status ___ : QUO
44
Eskimo boat : UMIAK
45
Anticipate : FORESEE
46
Cow catcher : LASSO
47
Love object of Apollo : DAPHNE
48
Each : APIECE
50
Paid attention, so to speak : SATUP
52
Move under cover : SNEAK
53
Reagan attorney general ___ Meese : EDWIN
56
Open a bit : AJAR
58
Pretty pink : RARE
59
New kid on the block : TYRO
60
Nike's swoosh, e.g. : LOGO
61
Pool sticks : CUES
63
Photo ___ : OPS
64
Gist : NUB

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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