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New York Times, Friday, July 29, 2011

Elaine ___, first female Asian-American cabinet member

Author:
Paula Gamache
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JQVXZ} Spans: 8 Grid has super-symmetry. Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzlemakers This is puzzle # 82 for Ms. Gamache. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2011, The New York Times7/29/11 ( No. 22,543 )

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Across
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Lethally poisoned ruler, familiarly : CLEO
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22- and 38-Across : LIMBS
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Pipeline accident investigator: Abbr. : NTSB
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Saab competitor : AUDI
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How deli meat may be served : ONRYE
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Item in a "lick race" : OREO
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Pregame rituals, for some : TAILGATEPARTIES
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Opposite of swell : SUBSIDE
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What some lawns cover : ONEACRE
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Ham's place : LEG
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Kind of sheet : RAP
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Jan. honoree : MLK
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Like many salts : ASEA
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Introduction : DEBUT
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Princess ___ (Disney duck) : OONA
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Capturer of fin-de-siècle Paris : TOULOUSELAUTREC
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Barker who pitched a perfect game in 1981 : LEN
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Field of 33-Across : ART
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___-twist : ARM
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___ poco (soon, in Sorrento) : TRA
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Opinions about books : AUDITORSREPORTS
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Singer with a wide range : WREN
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Wags : CARDS
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Tick, e.g. : PEST
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Maker of calls : REF
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Twist-___ : TIE
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"___ man!" : BEA
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Compose together : COWRITE
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Tire shop employee, at times : MOUNTER
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It can make for fruity kisses : CHERRYCHAPSTICK
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Elaine ___, first female Asian-American cabinet member : CHAO
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Brush up on? : PAINT
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Lock or luck follower : ONTO
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Line from Penn Sta. : LIRR
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Some columns : OPEDS
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They're subject to inflation and deflation : EGOS
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Tigers, e.g. : CATS
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Occasion to use a cooking pit : LUAU
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Tasteful bedclothes? : EDIBLEUNDERWEAR
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Engine leakage preventer : OILSEAL
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Washer/dryer unit : LOAD
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Borrower's protection : INTERESTRATECAP
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Field fare, briefly : MRE
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How some things are brought back : BYPOPULARDEMAND
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Parker who was one of the original faces at Facebook : SEAN
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Chicken feed : NOTALOT
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Activity of some ghosts : TRICKORTREATING
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One reading signs : SEER
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Giant in audio equipment : BOSE
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Player's job : GIG
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Dreamer's activity : REM
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Old ___ (Civil War eagle mascot) : ABE
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Counselor-___ : ATLAW
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French sister : SOEUR
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Hardy red hog : DUROC
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Weight factors : TARES
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Quaint complaint : NERTS
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With ___ of thousands : ACAST
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Straw source : OAT
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Maker of calls : UMP
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Off : INERROR
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What a guru might be called : SRI
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Showing some polish? : OPENTOE
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Provider of material for some wreaths : FIR
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One going to school? : BUS
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Mid-century year : CCCL
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"I wasn't expecting you!" lead-in : OHHI
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Unlucky strike? : TYPO
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Doesn't decline, with "in" : OPTS
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Prefix with -morph : ECTO
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Bygone theaters : RKOS
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Move it : HIE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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