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New York Times, Thursday, June 29, 2006

Mysterious phenomena … or a clue to solving 17-, 24-, 33- and 45-Across

Author:
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {KWY} This is puzzle # 113 for Mr. Quigley.
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© 2006, The New York Times6/29/06 ( No. 20,687 )
Across
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B-ball legend with a career 30,026 points : DRJ
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Angry with : CROSSAT
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Fortune : HAP
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Evian, e.g. : EAU
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Sierra Nevada, e.g. : PALEALE
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A diva might have a big one : EGO
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Smoking or drinking in a small town? : VILLAGEVICE
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Smartness : LIP
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Mind set? : IDEAS
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Freckle, e.g. : DOT
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U.S.M.A. grads : LTS
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Natl. Piano Mo. : SEPT
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What well-pitched baseballs do? : MISSTHEBAT
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Playboy types, briefly : EDS
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Start making all one's shots, say : GETHOT
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Sorority girl : ZETA
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"___ luck!" : LOTSA
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Traffic court judge, at times : FINER
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Items sold at Baskin-Robbins? : FREEZINGPINTS
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"Smart" guys : ALECS
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To love, in Italy : AMARE
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"___ sia" (Italian "amen") : COSI
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Related on the father's side : AGNATE
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Letters to a mathematician : QED
45
Chalice in a chapel? : CUPDEGRACE
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Yellowfin, e.g. : TUNA
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"___ tu" (aria) : ERI
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"Let's not forget …" : TOO
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Ones most wanted : ALIST
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Something to be picked : NIT
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Mysterious phenomena … or a clue to solving 17-, 24-, 33- and 45-Across : CROPCIRCLES
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Literary inits. : TSE
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Danish cheese : HAVARTI
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Kind of cross : TAU
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Test taker's admonitions : SHS
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Not really interested in anybody : ASEXUAL
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Penn, e.g., in N.Y.C. : STN
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Work out : DEVISE
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Like refrigerators, often : RAIDED
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Kentucky Derby refreshments : JULEPS
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1040 experts, for short : CPAS
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Item in a mechanic's hip pocket : RAG
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Word of encouragement : OLE
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Unspecified no. : SEV
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Gave one's approval : SAIDSO
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Transcendentalist Bronson ___ : ALCOTT
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Sprocket parts : TEETH
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Completely committed : HELLBENT
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Stirs : AGITATES
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Spin magazine profilee : POPSTAR
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G.P.S. fig. : LAT
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City on the Moselle : METZ
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Odd-sounding albeit grammatical answer to "Who's there?" : ITSI
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Next-to-last performers at the first Woodstock : SHANANA
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Slate.com, e.g. : EZINE
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Converts (to) : GOES
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Massenet opera : LECID
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Boot or can : FIRE
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"Ta-da!," e.g. : FLOURISH
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Breaks : RESPITES
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Auto financing co. : GMAC
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Spread out at a party? : PATE
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Foreigners' giveaways : ACCENTS
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Ancient markets : AGORAS
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Place for a needle : GROOVE
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Bees' output : QUILTS
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Put on a throne : ENSEAT
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Car introduced in the U.S. in 1960 : DATSUN
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___ Sketch (toy) : ETCHA
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What Dr. Mom administers : TLC
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Seed covering : ARIL
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Latin Mass subject : PAX
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High-quality French vineyard : CRU
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Give ___ go : ITA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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