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New York Times, Thursday, July 15, 2004

Author:
Roy Leban
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Leban. NYT links: Across Lite
Roy Leban notes:

This puzzle is probably my favorite NYT crossword, with the double rebus. The puzzle came out during the annual convention of the National Puzzlers' League, in Boston that year.

On Wednesday, some krewe members happened to have a discussion about rebus puzzles during a long T ride, and one guy was very adamant that rebus cells should be symmetrically placed, that not doing made for a flawed puzzle. It so happened that I knew this puzzle was running the next day. Back then, constructors rarely knew when their puzzles were going to run in advance, but Will had mentioned it to me for some reason. But I kept my mouth shut anyway and just commented that there are good reasons sometimes.

Thursday afternoon, the adamant guy came up to me and told me I was right and that he had really enjoyed the puzzle. Great feeling.

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© 2004, The New York TimesNo. 0715 ( 19,973 )
Across
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___ Morris, signature on the Declaration of Independence : ROBT
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Untanned : PALE
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Enthusiastic about : UPFOR
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Home of the Rainbow Bridge National Monument : UTAH
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City near Stillwater : ENID
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Second-largest lake in North America : HURON
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Carry : TOTE
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1984 Peace Nobelist : TUTU
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What to say to a kahuna : ALOHA
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Ballpark fare : HOTDOGWITHCATSUP
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Ready : ALLSET
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Engine need : OIL
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Casa ___ (Italian restaurant name) : MIA
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Born : NEE
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Sources of soft feathers : EIDERS
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Admission seeker, maybe: Abbr. : TERR
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Secret grp. since 1947 : NSC
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Hook, line or sinker : NOUN
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"Stop!" : AVAST
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Come down hard : RAINCATSANDDOGS
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Parts of a V formation : GEESE
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Norway's patron saint : OLAV
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Currency shop abbr. : USD
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Hike : TREK
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Infer : DERIVE
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Pal of Piglet : ROO
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Cask material : OAK
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"Cursed" team, informally : SOX
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Summer worker : INTERN
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It might pick up a few pointers : DOGCATCHERSTRUCK
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Aviary sound : TWEET
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Came down : ALIT
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Duel tool : EPEE
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Bursting stars : NOVAE
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Superboy's girlfriend : LANA
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Give it ___ : ATRY
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"___ is human ..." : TOERR
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RR employee : ENGR
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Kids' closetful : TOYS
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Soprano Swenson : RUTHANN
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Actors Peter and Annette : OTOOLES
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Kellogg's home : BATTLECREEK
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Things can go to them : THEDOGS
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Start of an initiative : PETITION
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"Sometimes you feel like ___ ..." : ANUT
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Printing technique: Abbr. : LITH
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Professor : EDUCATOR
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"Adventures in moving" sloganeer, once : UHAUL
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___-free : PULP
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One way to swing : FRO
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Cry at fireworks : OOH
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Part of a cell nucleus : RNA
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Wimp : WEENIE
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Bro's sibling : SIS
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Meet : MEASUREUPTO
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Return destination?: Abbr. : IRS
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Decoration : ART
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Old gold coin : DUCAT
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Belgian painter James : ENSOR
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Lassie, for one : TVDOG
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Coming : ADVENT
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Put to : ASK
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2001 biopic : ALI
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International Harvester vehicle maker : NAVISTAR
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"Little" car of song : GTO
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Constitutional proposal first introduced in Cong. in 1923 : ERA
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Harry Potter's forte : SORCERY
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Democratic symbols : DONKEYS
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Sawbones : DOC
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Yoga instruction : EXHALE
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Disperse : SCATTER
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Milk-Bone biscuit, e.g. : TREAT
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Certain bookmark : DOGEAR
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Dash : ELAN
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Encircle : RING
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Bang maker : TNT
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Ply with wine and flowers, say : WOO
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Christmas ___ : EVE

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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