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New York Times, Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Modern educational phenomenon ... or a hint to 20-, 29-, 38- and 45-Across

Author:
Anna Shechtman
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JKQXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Shechtman.
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© 2010, The New York Times5/26/10 ( No. 22,114 )
Across
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Ninny : TWIT
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Actor Danny of "The Color Purple" : GLOVER
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Jungle menace : BOA
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"___ 911!" (former Comedy Central show) : RENO
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Dub over : RENAME
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English novelist Radcliffe : ANN
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Abbr. before a name in a memo : ATTN
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Promptly : ONTIME
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Like zinfandel wines : DRY
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Chokes after bean eating? : GOESOUTONALIMA
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No room at the ___ : INN
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The Engineers of the N.C.A.A.: Abbr. : RPI
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Not all : SOME
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Gave up : CEDED
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Monk's karate blows? : LAMACHOPS
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Business card abbr. : TEL
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Shade of blue : NAVY
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When clocks are set ahead: Abbr. : DST
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Movie finales featuring actress Miles? : VERAENDINGS
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___ Lanka : SRI
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In ___ of : LIEU
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Fr. holy woman : STE
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Result of a sweetener overload? : HONEYCOMA
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Wife of Hägar the Horrible : HELGA
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Tints : HUES
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China's Chou En-___ : LAI
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Metalliferous rock : ORE
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Modern educational phenomenon ... or a hint to 20-, 29-, 38- and 45-Across : GRADEINFLATION
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The Windy City, briefly : CHI
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Fearsome wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure : ELTORO
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Plains Indian : OTOE
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Cool, man : HIP
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Nearing midnight : ELEVEN
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Johnston in 2008-09 news : LEVI
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Broke a fast : ATE
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Newly fashioned : REMADE
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Harriet Beecher Stowe novel : DRED
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Like some irony : TRAGIC
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Sloppy kiss : WETONE
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Mean : INTEND
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Lots and lots : TONS
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Congregation : GROUP
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Soup bean : LENTIL
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Not duped by : ONTO
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Futile : VAIN
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Novel on which "Clueless" is based : EMMA
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Recite rapidly, with "off" : REEL
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Peevish states : BADMOODS
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Interstate entrances : ONRAMPS
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"Pick a number, ___ number" : ANY
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Hospital attendant : ORDERLY
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Noncommittal suffix : ISH
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Approx. number : EST
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Time off from l'école : ETE
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Per ___ : ANNUM
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Magazine featuring 47-Down : MAD
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Alamo competitor : AVIS
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"Sex and the City" actress Nixon : CYNTHIA
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Not of the cloth : LAIC
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Like some tomatoes : VINERIPE
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Abbr. in help-wanted ads : EEO
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Exclamation before "I didn't know that!" : GEE
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Library admonishment : SHH
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Camp in the wild : ROUGHIT
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That, to Juanita : ESA
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___ E. Neuman : ALFRED
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Hang around : LOITER
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Pronounced rhythm, in music : GROOVE
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Origin of the phrase "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts" : AENEID
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Unassisted : ALONE
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___ Xing : DEER
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She, in Cherbourg : ELLE
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Twosome : ITEM
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___ Scotia : NOVA
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Tattled : TOLD
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When doubled, a dance : CHA

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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