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New York Times, Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Author:
Tony Orbach
Editor:
Will Shortz
Somewhere between excellent and poor, as a restaurant
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Tony Orbach

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FQZ} This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Orbach. Wednesday freshness: 69%
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© 2011, The New York Times6/29/11 ( No. 22,513 )
Across
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Inclined : LEANT
6
Didn't sink : SWAM
10
Place to order a stack, say : IHOP
14
Fund : ENDOW
15
Georgetown athlete : HOYA
16
Chambers of commerce? : MALL
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Balding person's directive to a barber? : COMBONOVER
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French tire : PNEU
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Yemeni leader ___ Abdullah Saleh : ALI
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Peeved : SORE
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"Lido Shuffle" singer Boz : SCAGGS
24
Knocking sound : RATATAT
26
Like geysers : ABOIL
27
Meandering trip from Kingston to Montego Bay? : JAMAICANROAM
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Green option : SOLAR
34
Boomers' followers : XERS
35
Commercial suffix with Cray- : OLA
36
Henry ___, first secretary of war : KNOX
37
Bygone Las Vegas casino : SANDS
39
___-Pacific : ASIA
40
"Lord, is ___?" : ITI
41
State bordering the Pacific, informally : BAJA
42
Construction piece : IBEAM
43
Covered stadium that's off-limits to bands? : DONTPLAYDOME
47
Kapellmeister's charge : CHOIR
48
Famous last words? : EPITAPH
52
Whalebone : BALEEN
54
Strings of islands? : LEIS
55
Drone, e.g. : BEE
56
Acknowledge : AVOW
57
Protection for a fairy-tale dwarf's brain? : GNOMESKULL
60
"Little Women" woman : BETH
61
"Jane ___" : EYRE
62
Canvas holder : EASEL
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Bounce back : ECHO
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Paul who co-starred in "I Love You, Man" : RUDD
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Argentine soccer hero Maradona : DIEGO
Down
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Old Renault : LECAR
2
"Waterworld" girl : ENOLA
3
Open a door to : ADMIT
4
Head, slangily : NOB
5
Somewhere between excellent and poor, as a restaurant : TWOSTAR
6
January 2nd? : SHORTA
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Didn't go straight : WOVE
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When repeated, a cry at sea : AYE
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Alternatives to Butterfingers : MARSBARS
10
Damage : IMPAIR
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Chill : HANGLOOSE
12
Cassini of fashion : OLEG
13
"Not only that ..." : PLUS
18
First name in linguistics : NOAM
23
Bamboozles : CONS
25
"Iliad" figure : AJAX
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Breezed through : ACED
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"No siree!" : IXNAY
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Inter ___ : ALIA
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Sir's counterpart : MAAM
31
Kind of mark : SKID
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Not tricked by : ONTO
33
Ascetic's wear : LOINCLOTH
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"A Perfect Day for Bananafish" writer : SALINGER
38
A little open : AJAR
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Help with a job : ABET
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Fraternal grp. : BPOE
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"Oops!," to a shooter : IMISSED
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"Tommy" rockers : THEWHO
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Considered : DEEMED
46
1960s TV boy : OPIE
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Bullying, e.g. : ABUSE
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Pequod co-owner : PELEG
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"You there?" : HELLO
52
Honey : BABE
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Tours "with" : AVEC
54
One "a-leaping" in a Christmas song : LORD
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Big Apple sch. : NYU
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Chiang ___-shek : KAI

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