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New York Times, Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Author:
Merl Reagle
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Merl Reagle

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 31 Missing: {FHJQXZ} Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzles This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Reagle. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

You can watch Merl Reagle construct this puzzle in the movie Wordplay.

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© 2005, The New York TimesNo. 0531 ( 20,293 )
Across
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Warhead weapon, briefly : ICBM
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Like the kiddie rides at a park, relatively speaking : TAMEST
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___ Paulo, Brazil : SAO
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"Encore!" : MORE
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Not dismissive of, as suggestions : OPENTO
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Smidge : TAD
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Beach community near LAX : PLAYADELREY
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Khan who wed Rita Hayworth : ALY
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"It'd be my pleasure" : LOVETO
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"Norma ___" : RAE
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Bikini parts : BRAS
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Like a bump on a log : INERT
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Outermost strata : TOPLAYERS
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Lengthy lurkers of the deep : EELS
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Like Bo Peep's sheep : LOST
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Beetle Bailey superior : SARGE
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Foxy : SLY
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Air force? : GALE
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2004 Liam Neeson film : KINSEY
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With 33-Across, anagrams and puns (or parts hidden in 17-, 24-, 44- and 51-Across) : WORD
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See 32-Across : PLAY
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"Never on Sunday" star ___ Mercouri : MELINA
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Hammer part : PEEN
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Dipstick wipe, often : RAG
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Sans friends : ALONE
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Philosopher Descartes : RENE
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Psychologist Jung : CARL
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Soldier's reassignment papers : NEWORDERS
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Backyard party spot : PATIO
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Who-knows-how-long : AGES
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Tempe sch. : ASU
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Main arteries : AORTAS
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Surfacing stuff : TAR
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Duel (with) : CROSSSWORDS
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Pittsburgh-to-Boston dir. : ENE
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Multicar accident : PILEUP
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Highway division : LANE
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Takeoff stat: Abbr. : ETD
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Guitarist Segovia : ANDRES
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Went like the wind : SPED
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Hints at : IMPLIES
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Cavalry V.I.P. : COLONEL
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With courage : BRAVELY
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Ari of "Kate & Allie" : MEYERS
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Heading on a list of errands : TODO
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King Kong, e.g. : APE
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"Place" name on TV : MELROSE
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Wholly absorbed : ENRAPT
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Girder material : STEEL
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Cracker Jack bonus : TOY
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People around a 54-Across, typically : STARERS
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Egg carton spec : AALARGE
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Amazing adventure : ODYSSEY
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QB's pass, whether completed or not: Abbr. : ATT
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___ means possible : BYANY
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Ratted : TOLD
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Iraqi or Thai : ASIAN
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"Tomb raider" Croft : LARA
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One who's done for : GONER
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Swiss artist Paul : KLEE
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Skid row sights : WINOS
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Confident solvers' supply : PENS
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Animal on a Florida license plate : MANATEE
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Tastefully beautiful : ELEGANT
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Revised downward : LOWERED
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Reader : PERUSER
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Seedy stopover : RATTRAP
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She helped Theseus escape the labyrinth : ARIADNE
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Smoothed (over) : GLOSSED
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Auctioned again : RESOLD
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Holiday music : CAROLS
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"Splish Splash" singer, 1958 : DARIN
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Impact sound : POW
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Nile snakes : ASPS
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Tax prep. expert : CPA
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"So ___ me!" : SUE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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