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New York Times, Tuesday, May 27, 2003

All the clues in this puzzle do this with 36-Across

Author:
PAtrick MErrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Merrell

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 80, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Merrell.
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© 2003, The New York Times5/27/03 ( No. 19,558 )

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Across
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Cartographers' works : MAPS
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"I did it!" : TADA
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Count of stars on a U.S. flag : FIFTY
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Canted : ALOP
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Minute bit : ATOM
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Lavatory sign : INUSE
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Gawk : GAPE
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Catskills resort, e.g. : NEWYORKSPA
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Hint at : IMPLY
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Magazine number : ISSUE
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Azer. or Ukr., once : SSR
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Rich source of fossil fuel : COALMINE
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Utmost degree : NTH
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Dejected : SAD
29
Land : ACREAGE
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Part of a circle : ARC
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Makeup of 18-, 24-, 53- and 64-Across : STATEABBRS
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Ned who composed "Air Music" : ROREM
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Commotion : ADO
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Candidate of 1992 and '96 : PEROT
44
Component length of 36-Across : TWOLETTERS
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Inspire respect : AWE
48
Withdraws : SECEDES
49
Coach Parseghian : ARA
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Mortarboard, e.g. : CAP
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Large real estate purchase : LANDDEAL
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Computer key : ESC
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Flowering shrub : LILAC
63
Pago Pago's locale : SAMOA
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Members of Elián González's family, e.g. : FLORIDAKIN
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Highly graphic : GORY
68
Camera concern : FOCUS
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Inhabitant of ancient Persia : MEDE
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Launder ending : ETTE
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All the clues in this puzzle do this with 36-Across : START
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Gaelic : ERSE
73
Scorch : SEAR
Down
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Copperfield's field : MAGIC
2
Mission in Texas : ALAMO
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Carl Reiner film "Where's ___?" : POPPA
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Witches' recitations : SPELLS
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Color on the beach : TAN
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Arranged a dinner at home : ATEIN
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Walk about with a divining rod : DOWSE
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Vanderbilt and Grant : AMYS
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Risky building to be in : FIRETRAP
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India ___ : INK
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Complain : FUSS
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Medicinal amts. : TSPS
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Calendar's span : YEAR
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Scale unit at the post office : OUNCE
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Warbler Sumac : YMA
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Passports and driver's licenses, for short : IDS
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Nectar-pouring goddess : HEBE
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Origin suffix : ATOR
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Incantation beginning : ABRA
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Develop : GROW
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Medieval Italian fortress city : ESTE
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Sciences' partner : ARTS
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Investment firm T. ___ Price : ROWE
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Gator's relative : CROC
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Makes lace : TATS
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Orange or lemon drink : ADE
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Major util. : ELEC
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Decorated Olympian : MEDALIST
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Warmish : TEPID
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Okinawa honorific : SAN
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Interstate syst. : RDS
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Maxims : ADAGES
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Cager at the Staples Center : LAKER
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Corrosive liquids : ACIDS
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Milk a scene for all it's worth : EMOTE
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Arterial trunk : AORTA
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Coating : LAYER
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Flunking marks : EFFS
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Schedule position : SLOT
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Cola's beginning : COCA
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Flimsy, as an excuse : LAME
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Capek play : RUR
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Married name modifier : NEE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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