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New York Times, Sunday, May 20, 2007

Author:
Seth A. Abel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Seth A. Abel

This puzzle:

Rows: 23, Columns: 23 Words: 162, Blocks: 92 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Abel. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2007, The New York TimesNo. 0520 ( 21,012 )
Across
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Trick-taking card game : SKAT
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Yemeni port famous as a source of coffee : MOCHA
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Former Connecticut governor Ella : GRASSO
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Take in : SNARE
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Swenson of "Benson" : INGA
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Saw : AXIOM
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Comparatively flush : RICHER
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"No men allowed" area : HAREM
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Ambiguous headline about a man charged with killing his attacker? : COURTTOTRYBEATINGVICTIM
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Mystic : SWAMI
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Level of care : INTENSIVE
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Connected, in a way : ONLINE
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Bright-eyed : AGOG
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Santa ___ : ANA
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Earth Day subj. : ECOL
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Retired boomer : SST
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Ambiguous headline about a protest? : MARCHPLANNEDFORAUGUST
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Gone by : AGO
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Parcel : TRACT
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Company with the slogan "born from jets" : SAAB
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Field protector : TARP
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Sandwich rank : EARL
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Take ___ breath : ADEEP
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Hang over : LOOM
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"What ___?" : GIVES
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Ambiguous headline about school closings? : TEACHERSTRIKESIDLEKIDS
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Oil-rich ruler : EMIR
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Dutch painter Jan : STEEN
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Hair-raiser : SCARE
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Fall setting : EDEN
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Was contrite : RUED
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Break : REST
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Field stars : ATEAM
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Early hrs. : AMS
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Ambiguous headline about a California drug bust? : FEDSDISCOVERCRACKINLA
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Rocky peak : TOR
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One with a thick skin : HIPPO
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" ... ___ saw Elba" : EREI
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Actress Sedgwick : KYRA
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JFK-to-TLV option : ELAL
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Peter and Paul, but not Mary : TSARS
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Sugar cube holder : TONGS
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Rating of a program blocked by a V-chip : TVMA
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Ambiguous headline about a vagrancy statistic? : CITYSHOMELESSCUTINHALF
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Moonshine : HOOCH
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Progress smoothly : SAIL
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Broom ___ (comics witch) : HILDA
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"___ & Stitch," 2002 animated film : LILO
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Encouraging sounds : RAHS
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Cozy corner : NOOK
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Country singer Carter : DEANA
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McKellen of "The Lord of the Rings" : IAN
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Ambiguous headline about attorneys' pro bono work? : LAWYERSGIVEPOORADVICE
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Do-do connector : ASI
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Jump in the rink : AXEL
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"___ of Destruction," 1965 protest song : EVE
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Actor Morales : ESAI
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Words said with raised arm and glass : ATOAST
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Word for word : LITERALLY
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Huge : MAJOR
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Ambiguous headline about a stolen Stradivarius? : MANGETSYEARINVIOLINCASE
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Kind of chin : CLEFT
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Vast : COSMIC
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Heavy metal bar : INGOT
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Like the rim of an eyecup : OVAL
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Earthenware pots : OLLAS
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Kind of valve : INTAKE
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Wild guesses : STABS
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It's not held when it's used : MAYO
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Sets (on) : SICS
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In the ___ : KNOW
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It'll douse a fuego : AGUA
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Frequent congestion site : TARMAC
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"Welcome" offerer : MAT
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Kitchen gadget company : OXO
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Big name in credit cards : CITI
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Blast maker : HORN
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"The Bonesetter's Daughter" author : AMYTAN
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1983 U.S. invasion site : GRENADA
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Narrow inlets : RIAS
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Dramatic opening : ACTI
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Quake : SHIVER
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One of New York's Finger Lakes : SENECA
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E-mail address ender : ORG
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Place for a guard, in soccer : SHIN
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Shaker formula : NACL
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Word with scam or sketch : ARTIST
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Means of control : REINS
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Irish patriot hanged in 1803 : EMMET
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Close : TIGHT
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Elaine ___ ("Seinfeld" role) : BENES
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One end of the Moscow Canal : VOLGA
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Longtime staple of daytime TV : OPRAH
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Popular air freshener : GLADE
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Dated : OUT
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West of Hollywood : MAE
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Playing marble : AGATE
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Composer Ned : ROREM
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Their service is impeccable : ACERS
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Mushroom cloud creator, briefly : NTEST
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Columbo portrayer : FALK
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Duo in a typical symphony : OBOES
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Exhort : URGE
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Sudden increase on a graph : SPIKE
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Scottish estate owner : LAIRD
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Prefix with dactyl : PTERO
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Muppet who lives in a trash can : OSCAR
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Mazda model : MIATA
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"Myra Breckinridge" novelist : VIDAL
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Abnormal plant swelling : EDEMA
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Info that may be phished: Abbr. : SSNS
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Trounce : CRUSH
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"Still Me" autobiographer Christopher : REEVE
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Some magazine ads : INSERTS
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Schlock : DRECK
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In need of a washer, perhaps : LEAKY
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Head of costume design : EDITH
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Lush : DIPSO
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Palm readers? : TREOS
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Gaiety : MIRTH
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Manuscript sheet : FOLIO
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Muse with a wreath of myrtle and roses : ERATO
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Makes unwanted overtures? : SPAMS
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Jazz pianist Chick : COREA
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Breeze : CINCH
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Maritime : NAVAL
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High-___ : TECH
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Sock fiber : LYCRA
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Definitely no arm-twister : SLING
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Father Sarducci of old "S.N.L." : GUIDO
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Fifth-century pope : STLEO
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11th-century year : MLIII
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Company with a "spokesduck" : AFLAC
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Newsman Bernard : SHAW
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"The Time Machine" race : ELOI
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"Do ___?" : IDARE
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Grannies : NANAS
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It's next to nothing : ONE
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"Grand" hotel : HYATT
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Reason for a 98-Across : SEX
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Not neat : OVERICE
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N.F.L. running back Barlow : KEVAN
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Rhett Butler's last words : ADAMN
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Choo-choo name : LIONEL
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Trust : RELYON
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Most cunning : SLIEST
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Hip locale : PELVIS
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MTV's owner : VIACOM
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Transmission repair franchise : AAMCO
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Silver quarters? : STALL
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Film brand : AGFA
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Numismatists' goals : SETS
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Author Janowitz : TAMA
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Composer Satie : ERIK
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It might get the brush-off : LINT
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Home stretches? : YOGA
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Joe : JAVA
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Anthem starter : OSAY
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Move, in Realtor lingo : RELO
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Poli ___ : SCI
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High ball? : LOB
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"___ true" : ITS

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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