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New York Times, Monday, July 10, 2000

Author:
Gene Newman
Editor:
Will Shortz
Mortimer who was asked "How can you be so stupid?"
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Newman.
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© 2000, The New York Times7/10/00 ( No. 18,507 )
Across
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Gather : AMASS
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Talk glowingly about one's children, e.g. : BRAG
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Doctrines, informally : ISMS
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Devastation : HAVOC
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Prom night transportation : LIMO
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Twirl : SPIN
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Say four-letter words : SWEAR
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Makes choices : OPTS
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Mrs. Chaplin : OONA
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The rain goes ___ : PITTERPATTER
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Feather : PLUME
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Spray can : AEROSOL
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The horse goes ___ : CLIPPETYCLOP
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Blockhead : OAF
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Kind of wrestling : SUMO
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Socially challenged : NERDY
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Desserts with crusts : PIES
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Cheapskate : PIKER
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Red Cross supplies : SERA
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Throat ailment : STREP
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Film director Kazan : ELIA
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Ely of Tarzan fame : RON
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The church bells go ___ : DINGDONGDING
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It's between Mars and Saturn : JUPITER
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Military barker : SARGE
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20-, 26- or 46-Across, e.g. : ONOMATOPOEIA
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"Blue" or "White" river : NILE
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Frost : HOAR
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Mr. Spock portrayer : NIMOY
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English school since 1440 : ETON
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Satan's work : EVIL
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Mortimer who was asked "How can you be so stupid?" : SNERD
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Method: Abbr. : SYST
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Depend (on) : RELY
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Russian despots : TSARS
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Cries at fireworks : AHS
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Gaping mouth : MAW
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Caesar's hello : AVE
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Get all sudsy : SOAPUP
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Is frugal : SCRIMPS
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Rorschach presentation : BLOT
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Like a yellow banana : RIPE
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Military vehicle for landing assault troops : AMTRAC
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Absolute truth : GOSPEL
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Some are radioactive : ISOTOPES
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Leopard features : SPOTS
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Sal of "Exodus" : MINEO
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Guard dog's greeting : SNARL
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Prepare to hit a golf ball : TEEUP
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Elvis's middle name : ARON
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Braid : PLAIT
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Inmate who's never getting out : LIFER
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The finest : COPS
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1979 nuclear accident site: Abbr. : TMI
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Like oxen pulling a plow : YOKED
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Hook up again : RERIG
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Pilotless plane : DRONE
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Yin's partner : YANG
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Lees : SEDIMENT
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"Xanadu" rock group, for short : ELO
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Get the suds off : RINSE
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Sandwich bread : PITA
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Anti : AGAINST
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Lower : NETHER
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Phonograph needle's place : GROOVE
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Sink outlets : DRAINS
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Tommy Lee or James Earl : JONES
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Agreement : UNITY
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Pullover shirts : POLOS
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Mop's companion : PAIL
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Alternative to Charles de Gaulle : ORLY
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"Culpa" starter : MEA
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Hockey's Bobby : ORR
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QB's gains: Abbr. : YDS

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

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