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New York Times, Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Author:
Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 73, Blocks: 45 Missing: {JK} Grid has mirror symmetry. There are unchecked squares This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jim Horne notes:

This U-TURN puzzle probably has the record for appearing on the most special XWord Info pages. Five clumps of blocks are in the shape of a U qualifying it for the Grid Art page. The there-and-back palindromes make it a nonlinear puzzle.

The 45 blocks are among the most ever. It has rare mirror symmetry. And, of course, it has unchecked letters. Compare to this NO U-TURN puzzle published a couple of months later.

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© 2011, The New York TimesNo. 0504 ( 22,457 )
Across
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Annexes : ADDS
5
In pieces : APART
10
Old stories : LORE
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Overseer of student discipline : DEAN
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Pole tossed in a Scottish competition : CABER
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Something you might turn up your nose at : ODOR
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Pasta choice : ZITI
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___ Swinton, Oscar-winning actress for "Michael Clayton" : TILDA
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Checks out : VETS
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It's often discovered dead in a horror film : PHONELINE
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Sweet beverages often served with dessert : PORTWINES
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Gallic girlfriends : AMIES
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Proscription : BAN
28
Lively dances : HORAS
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Exchanges : MARTS
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"___ always say ..." : ASI
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How tuna may be packed : INOIL
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Argonaut who slew Castor : IDAS
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Like many taste tests : BLIND
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Home to Mongolian nomads : GOBI
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Gabriel, for one : SAN
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Musically brisk : ALLEGRO
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Roll of green? : SOD
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Bit : SMIDGE
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Squirm : WRITHE
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Court matter : RES
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Amazon ___ : ANT
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Genie's affirmative : YESMASTER
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Explode : BLOW
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Eastwood's "Rawhide" role : YATES
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Home of Fort Dodge : IOWA
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Nickname for Netanyahu : BIBI
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Bone: Prefix : OSTEO
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Departure : EXIT
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Discontinue : QUIT
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Maneuver required five times to finish this puzzle : UTURN
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Catch some Z's : DOZE
Down
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Cutting tool : ADZ
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Lionized : DEIFIED
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"Who ___?" : DAT
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Brief excerpts, e.g. : SNIPPETS
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Astin or Martin : ACTOR
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Colorful sport : PAINTBALL
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Phrase inspired by Napoleon : ABLEWASIEREISAWELBA
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Discriminatory insurance practice : REDLINING
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Coach : TRAIN
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Serenade, e.g. : LOVESONG
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Wordsworth work : ODE
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Kind of cuff : ROTATOR
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Medics' destinations, for short : ERS
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Pardner's mount : HOSS
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Beverage brand once sold "in all popular flavors" : NEHI
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Out of place : AMISS
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Classic introduction : MADAMIMADAM
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Khomeini, for one : IRANI
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Bar at night? : ROOST
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Jocular term for fear of palindromes : AIBOHPHOBIA
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Swing accompanier : SLIDE
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"Gesundheit!" : BLESSYOU
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Noted literary narrator : DRWATSON
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"Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" writer : AGEE
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French river or department : ORNE
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Oscar Wilde was noted for it : DRYWIT
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"That was my best effort" : ITRIED
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Spar : MAST
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Aleutian island : ATTU
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Clairvoyant : SEER
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___ ribs : BBQ
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Lucy of "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" : LIU
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Sash of a sort : OBI
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Kitchenware brand : OXO
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Diana Ross musical, with "The" : WIZ
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Snacked : ATE

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

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