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Choices, Choices

New York Times, Sunday, May 5, 1996

Author:
D. J. Kahn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David J. Kahn

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 78 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Kahn. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

This newly uncovered Schrödinger puzzle is the earliest known Shortz Era example. When letters alternate in the grid, the clues match either way.

The published puzzle (PDF) had diagonal lines through each ambiguous square to clue you in.

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© 1996, The New York TimesNo. 0505 ( 16,980 )
Across
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Medical chart info : WEIGHT
7
Jeans, restyled : CUTOFFS
14
Baseball's George and Ken : BRETTS
20
In error : ASTRAY
21
Adventurously : ONADARE
22
Kind of photo : AERIAL
23
Pyle portrayer : NABORS
24
Birthday party items : CANDLES
25
Without question : SURELY
26
Screw-cutting apparatus : DIESTOCK
28
Neuters : GELDS
29
Auto repair shop inventory : SPARKS
30
Ottawa hockey team : SENATORS
32
Clarifying words : IDEST
34
Highest stage : ACME
37
Place to wear a fez : RABAT
38
Fortune : LOT
39
"God's Little___" : ACRE
43
Policy of achieving a goal in steps : GRADUALISM
46
Take down___ : APEG
48
Be busily active : HUM
49
Elusive one : EEL
50
Common worker : PROLE
51
___bono (for whose benefit?): Lat. : CUI
52
Director Wenders : WIM
55
Onetime butterfly-bee analogist : ALI
56
Machine gun noise : RATATAT
58
Nasal sound : SNORE
60
Seraglio room : ODA
61
Tree member: Abbr. : REL
62
Tennis overhand : SMASH
63
Pay___goes : ASONE
64
Child's delight : TOYSTORY
66
Symbol of mourning : CRAPE
69
New Deal proj. : TVA
70
Inactive one : IDLER
71
Will Rogers trait : DRYHUMOR
74
Of the back, anatomically : NOTAL
76
Gamut : RANGE
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Last poker bet, sometimes : IOU
81
Brillo rival : SOS
82
Exercises outdoors : BIKES
83
Well-formed : SHAPELY
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O.T. book : NUM
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Cable network : TNT
87
Sampras objective : ACE
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___Girl (Clara Bow) : THEIT
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Sorrow : RUE
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Seventh in a series : ETA
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On___ (anxious) : EDGE
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Political cause of the late 1800's : FREESILVER
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1978 Yankee hero : DENT
98
___Star Pictures : TRI
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Thick jar : CROCK
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English refs. : OEDS
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Bankrupts : RUINS
103
Innkeeper : HOSTELER
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Part of a Rube Goldberg contraption : STRING
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Northern highway, formerly : ALCAN
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Not imitative : ORIGINAL
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Mess up : TOUSLE
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Domestic fowl : ROASTER
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Longtime Peter Lorre role : MRMOTO
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Woolen overcoat : ULSTER
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Inhabiting elevated regions : MONTANE
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Reach before : BEATTO
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Extorts from : BLEEDS
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Made hard : STEELED
125
Ray of light : STREAM
Down
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What a magician may wave : WAND
2
Actor Morales : ESAI
3
Beatles' "Let___" : ITBE
4
Brought in : GROSSED
5
"The Luck of Roaring Camp" writer : HARTE
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Ring leader? : TYSON
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1988 Tom Cruise movie : COCKTAIL
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___de gato (Western shrub) : UNA
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Chinese geometric puzzle : TANGRAM
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Most peculiar : ODDEST
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Suffer defeat : FALL
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Baretta's cockatoo : FRED
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Attached by the base, botanically : SESSILE
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Long-eared breed : BASSET
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Enlists again : REUPS
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Editor's compilation : ERRATA
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Category : TIER
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Report : TALK
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Stallone and Stone : SLYS
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Mustang corral? : CARLOT
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Haunt : OBSESS
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Missouri's state tree : DOGWOOD
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Certain paint processors : AGERS
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Word with puff or soda : CREAM
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It became independent on 9/21/64 : MALTA
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One-named actress : CHARO
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School tool : RULER
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Noted first name in literature : EMILY
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Rocket motion : UPTHRUST
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Blue-and-yellow macaw : ARA
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Golden : AUREATE
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Cherry___ : PIE
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Call together : CONVOKE
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Pastoral poem : IDYL
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Stylish Italian auto : MASERATI
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Yiddish writer Sholem : ASCH
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Unpleasant : NOTNICE
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___Lingus : AER
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Pop group___Tuesday : TIL
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Golf impediment : TRAP
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___Goeth of "Schindler's List" : AMON
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Private entrance : POSTERN
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Treated to a night out : DINED
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Divert, in a way : ROUTE
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Arizona native : YUMAN
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Houston pros : ASTROS
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Chutzpah : NERVE
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Fixed on, with "to" : GLUED
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Intent watchers : EYERS
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Slovenly woman : BAG
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Jason, e.g. : SEEKER
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Greetings : HIS
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Bullied : HECTORED
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Wins over : DISARMS
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Direct : FRONTAL
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Big name in TV production : LORIMAR
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Melancholy : TRISTE
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1984 World Series champs : TIGERS
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Pure : CHASTE
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Lacking guidance : UNLED
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Extensions : LIMBS
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White-plumed heron : EGRET
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Part to keep : STUB
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It's collected at a booth : TOLL
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Subterfuge : RUSE
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1966 Joe Orton play : LOOT
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Word with sugar : CANE
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Observe : NOTE
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Start of a cry of encouragement : ATTA
115
Appear : LOOM
118
Chemical suffix : ENE

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

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