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New York Times, Saturday, July 15, 2006

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 56, Blocks: 37 Missing: {FHKXZ} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. Minimum word length: 5 Average word length: 6.71 This is puzzle # 88 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2006, The New York TimesNo. 0715 ( 20,703 )
Across
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Became semirigid : GELLED
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Most likely to be hired : ABLEST
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Liquor flavored with caraway seeds : AQUAVIT
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Combat site of 1853-56 : CRIMEA
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His tale follows the Friar's in "The Canterbury Tales" : SUMMONER
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Bow applications : ROSINS
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Whence the word "futon" : JAPANESE
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Bothers : EATSAT
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"A moment is a concentrated ___": Emerson : ETERNITY
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Carol starter : ADESTE
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Playwright McNally : TERRENCE
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Canadian film awards : GENIES
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Litigation-prompting mineral : ASBESTOS
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What businesses try to minimize : COSTS
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___ Villa (English football club) : ASTON
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Two-seaters or four-seaters, e.g.? : MAITREDS
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Leader of the Connecticut Yankees in 1920's-40's music : VALLEE
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Bird named for its colorful breast and tail : REDSTART
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Contacts go over them : IRISES
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Written work that explains one's actions : APOLOGIA
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Prince ___ (frock coat) : ALBERT
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Undoing : WATERLOO
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Life at a grocery store : CEREAL
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Reading group : LITERATI
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Keyed up : ONEDGE
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Holds high : REVERES
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Big jobs for a maid : MESSES
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Dry land : DESERT
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Nozzle connected to a Bunsen burner : GASJET
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Consider comparable : EQUATE
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One arranging things in large categories : LUMPER
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"Blazing Saddles" villain Hedley ___ : LAMARR
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First name in 1970's women's tennis : EVONNE
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Eat home cooking : DINEIN
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Farmers' holdings : ACREAGES
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Least subtle : BROADEST
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Heed : LISTENTO
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Release : EMISSION
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Country houses? : SENATES
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Has a bit of : TASTES
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Precedent setter : TESTCASE
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California's Point ___ : REYES
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DNA sequence unit : BASEPAIR
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Round numbers in England? : CALIBRES
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Peanuts and castor beans, e.g. : OILSEEDS
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Cheapest traveling option : STEERAGE
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Roller coaster structures : TRESTLES
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1984 Maximilian Schell biopic : MARLENE
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John Wayne had a little one : DRAWL
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MTV owner : VIACOM
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Like some notes on a music sheet : DOTTED
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Record keeper : SLEEVE
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___ Strait (water separating Australia and New Guinea) : TORRES
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Shining brightly : AGLARE
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Water cannon target : RIOTER
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Chuang-tzu, for one : TAOIST

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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