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New York Times, Monday, June 16, 2003

40-Down : Bubblebrains

Author:
Norma Johnson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FQVXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Johnson.
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© 2003, The New York Times6/16/03 ( No. 19,578 )
Across
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Hollywood snooper Hopper : HEDDA
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Brought to bay : TREED
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Winter hrs. in St. Louis : CST
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French cinema star Delon : ALAIN
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Therefore : HENCE
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Confederate soldier, for short : REB
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Get on board : JOINTHECLUB
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Mentalist Geller : URI
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Pub perch : STOOL
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Early ___ (one up at 6 a.m., say) : RISER
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Nevada town : ELY
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"Sweet Caroline" singer : NEILDIAMOND
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"___ Like It Hot" : SOME
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Soup eater's need : SPOON
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Vegetables that roll : PEAS
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Teacher's charges : CLASS
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Designer ___ de la Renta : OSCAR
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Game show originally hosted by Monty Hall : LETSMAKEADEAL
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Opposite of fronts : REARS
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From east of the Urals : ASIAN
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Pet protectors' org. : SPCA
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Bloodhound's clue : SCENT
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Spanish girl: Abbr. : SRTA
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1990 road film starring Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern : WILDATHEART
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With it, 50's-style : HEP
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N.B.A.'s Shaq : ONEAL
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Bullwinkle, for one : MOOSE
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Genetic info dispenser : RNA
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Planter's tool : GARDENSPADE
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Room with an easy chair : DEN
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Online letter : EMAIL
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West Pointer : CADET
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Radical 60's campus grp. : SDS
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Slender and long-limbed : RANGY
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Befuddled : ATSEA
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Muslim pilgrimage : HAJ
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"Xanadu" rock grp. : ELO
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Li'l Abner's love : DAISYMAE
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Force : DINT
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Writer Chekhov : ANTON
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Nickname for Leo Durocher : THELIP
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___ room (site for a Ping-Pong table) : REC
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Photo blow-up: Abbr. : ENL
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Antique French coin : ECU
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Actress Winger : DEBRA
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Literary castaway : CRUSOE
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Venus's sister on the courts : SERENA
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Sporty Fords, informally : TBIRDS
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Weed whackers : HOES
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Awe : IMPRESS
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Computer key: Abbr. : ESC
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Laze : LOLL
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Peek : LOOKSEE
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Amount of medicine : DOSE
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Peruvian Indian : INCA
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Erik who played Ponch on TV : ESTRADA
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NNW's opposite : SSE
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Nabokov novel : ADA
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A crow's-nest is atop it : MAST
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Keystone site : ARCH
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Bubblebrains : AIRHEADS
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Missing a deadline : LATE
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Quick shuteye : NAP
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Musketeers' weapons : SWORDS
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Fastened (down) : PINNED
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Gets rid of dust bunnies : CLEANS
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To wit : NAMELY
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1982 Jeff Bridges film : TRON
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Author Horatio : ALGER
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Raven-haired Puccini heroine : TOSCA
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Lover's quarrel : SPAT
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Doctors' org. : AMA
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Did a marathon : RAN
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Unkind remark : DIG
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Fiddle-de-___ : DEE
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Airport posting: Abbr. : ETA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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