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CHOICE WORDS (Hard Clues)

New York Times, Sunday, June 6, 1999

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

This puzzle:

Rows: 25, Columns: 25 Words: 182, Blocks: 102 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 52 for Mr. Kahn. NYT links: Across Lite
Special note: In 1999, the NYT published six special 25 x 25 "Millennium" puzzles. Each came with two sets of clues, easy and hard. The clues here are the hard ones. Click here to see the set.
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© 1999, The New York TimesNo. 0606 ( 18,107 )
Across
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Doesn't stop cold turkey : TAPERSOFF
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Chooses : HAS
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First call? : SAFE
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Hesitant : TREPID
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No longer painful : ALLBETTER
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Like a chandelier : AGLITTER
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Kind : HUMANE
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It may pick up in the afternoon : SEABREEZE
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Like most bottles : REUSABLE
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Turn out : EMERGE
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Hear : TRY
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Fished in crevices : EELED
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Performer of complicated operations : DIGITALCOMPUTER
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Toulouse time : ETE
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___ Day : ALLSOULS
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Pertaining to church taxes, old-style : TITHAL
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See 83-Across : RADIO
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Ground for a claim : TITLE
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Unbalanced : NONLEVEL
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Testify : DEPOSE
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Tighten : TENSEUP
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Cavern : GROT
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Utter : EMIT
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Descendant of Muhammad the Prophet : EMIR
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Spread out : SPARSE
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Like some traditions : ORAL
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Mount Vernon, e.g. : ESTATE
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Treasured instrument : AMATI
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Dwight Eisenhower's mother's name : IDA
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With judgment : SANELY
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Flushed : ROSY
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Windy City rail system, briefly : CTA
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Noted Russian shrine : LENINSTOMB
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Isn't cautious (with) : TAKESLIBERTIES
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"Buy" or "sell," say : STOCKTIP
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Word in Kansas' motto : ASTRA
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Like : ASIF
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Hopper : HARE
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Mathematician Hein : PIET
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Legalistic adjective : SAID
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With 38-Across, popular entertainment : TALK
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5.5-point type sizes : AGATES
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View : BEHOLD
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"Description of the World" writer : MARCOPOLO
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Connected : ALLIED
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Mescaline source : PEYOTL
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Kind of vaccine : SALK
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Work on : DOTO
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With the bow, in music : ARCO
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Shade of green : LEEK
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Year the Roman writer Persius died : LXII
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Fictional lawyer : MASON
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Tell-tale weapon? : CROSSBOW
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Reason for coyness, maybe : ULTERIORMOTIVE
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Exercise : GETINSHAPE
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Liaison : TIE
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Subject of Project Blue Book : UFOS
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Put on the shelf : RETIRE
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Kid : RIB
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Blatherskite : YENTA
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Early game score : ONEONE
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Milking area : BARN
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Nut : MANIAC
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"Ah'm ___ it!" : AGIN
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New Jersey ___ : NETS
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Bridge comment : PASS
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Childish doings? : RECIPES
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Earthquake aftermaths : HAVOCS
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Isolate : SHUTAWAY
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Duplicate : DITTO
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More subtle : FINER
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Crayola shade : SIENNA
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Verse style : SINGSONG
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Debussy subject : MER
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Shows level-headedness : LISTENSTOREASON
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Feuding : ATWAR
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Can : AXE
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"An Old-Fashioned Girl" author, 1870 : ALCOTT
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Entertaining thoughts : IDEATIVE
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Cooks : FALSIFIES
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Top : BLOUSE
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Fertilizer ingredients : NITRATES
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Like most paparazzi : FREELANCE
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Volleyball player : SETTER
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Wraps up, so to speak : ICES
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TV drama settings : ERS
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Place for verbal expression : ESSAYTEST
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Soupçon : TASTE
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Whistle, maybe : ALERT
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Old-time entertainer : PLAYERPIANO
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"Chicago" lyricist Fred : EBB
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Goes back over : REREADS
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Shooter's supply : STEELIES
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1887 La Scala premiere : OTELLO
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Hats with tassels: Var. : FEZES
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"The Godfather, Part II" character : FREDO
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Tough luck, in Britain : HARDLINES
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Medicare cutback proponents? : AGEISTS
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Hit hard : SLUG
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"Immediately!" : STAT
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Up : ATBAT
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Bringing down : FELLING
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Crane : ERECTOR
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John Huston's film-directing debut : THEMALTESEFALCON
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Opposite of smooth : RUMPLE
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Big bird: Var. : EMEU
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Chapter : PART
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"A Loss of Roses" playwright : INGE
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Fantail, for one : DEER
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"It ___" ("Who's there?" response) : ISI
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Cry before disaster : OHNO
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Colorado natives : UTES
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Kind of valve : AORTIC
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Onetime military engineer for Cesare Borgia : LEONARDODAVINCI
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Seat of Humboldt County, Calif. : EUREKA
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Examine thoroughly : VET
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Starve : EMACIATE
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Gave birth to whelps : LITTERED
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Buyouts, e.g. : DEALS
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Actor M. ___ Walsh : EMMET
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Log carrier : TRAM
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Show fear : PALE
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Kids : TEASES
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Was moved by : PITIED
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Take over : ADOPT
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Lily, in Lille : LYS
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The Euphrates crosses it: Abbr. : SYR
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Site of a black hole : INKPOT
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Web site? : ATTIC
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Capitalist's concern : RISK
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It's tied at the back : OBI
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Manet, at times : STILLLIFEPAINTER
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Fundamental : BASAL
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"Symphonie espagnole" composer : LALO
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Tangy ethnic food : THAI
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One of the Channel Islands : SARK
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Group with Grammy's 1982 Record of the Year : TOTO
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Word with sing or string : ALONG
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Mailing to a casting director : GLOSSY
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They don't take turns : BEELINES
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Some canines : EYETEETH
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Nonsense : HOKE
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Wing, say : MAIM
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Model : POSER
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Upstairs, in Uruguay : ARRIBA
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Igneous rock far beneath the earth's surface : PLUTON
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Dear people? : SIRS
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Intermission ender, maybe : ACTII
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Part of a football play diagram : XOO
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Like some bedsheet corners, in Britain : MITRED
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Bind, as grass stalks : SHEAVE
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Setting of many Stephen King novels : BANGORMAINE
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Instrument lens : OPTIC
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Detaches, in a way : WEANS
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Printing amount : RUN
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Poet's eye : ORB
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Rupture : TEAR
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Fliers with wedge-shaped tails : ERNS
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Sad feeling : EMPTINESS
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Six-time Rose Bowl winner, for short : OSU
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Billion years : AEON
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Major fishing area in the Pacific Rim : CHINASEA
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Blows away, so to speak : AWES
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1979 Duvall title role : SANTINI
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___ month (moon phase recurrence) : SYNODIC
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Roy Orbison classic : ITSOVER
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How complainers complain : ANGRILY
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It can put you to sleep : TSETSE
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"The French Lieutenant's Woman" author : FOWLES
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Appalachian feature : ARETE
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Apology preceder : GAFFE
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Alpha, beta, gamma, etc. : STARS
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Top dogs : EXECS
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Order to a typographer : RESET
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Family dogs : LABS
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Latin pronoun : ILLE
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Macintosh, e.g. : SCOT
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Plug : TOUT
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Anvil locations : EARS
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___ stroke : ATA
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Spot : SITE
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Rounder than round : FAT

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 10 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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