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New York Times, Tuesday, July 31, 2001

Not the brightest bulb on the tree

Author:
Sarah Keller
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Sarah Keller

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JVXZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Keller.
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© 2001, The New York Times7/31/01 ( No. 18,893 )
Across
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Jazz lick : RIFF
5
Item on a to-do list : TASK
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Intriguing bunch : CABAL
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Letters on a cross : INRI
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Widemouthed jug : OLLA
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Use a soapbox : ORATE
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The big house : STIR
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Churn : MOIL
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Gets a lift : RIDES
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Nickname for Leona Helmsley : QUEENOFMEAN
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Keats praised one : URN
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Harper's Bazaar illustrator : ERTE
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Second shot : RETAKE
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Make beloved : ENDEAR
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Piled up : AMASSED
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In no particular key : ATONAL
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Take seriously : HEED
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Interstate divider : HIGHWAYMEDIAN
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Like some exhausts : DUAL
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Trump Castle employee : DEALER
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Neighbor of Georgia : ARMENIA
46
Lure into crime : ENTRAP
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Dynamo part : STATOR
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Empty spaces : GAPS
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"___ Gang" : OUR
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"People Are People" rock group : DEPECHEMODE
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___ dish (lab vessel) : PETRI
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This, in Tijuana : ESTA
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"Jake's Thing" author : AMIS
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Doughnut-shaped : TORIC
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Kind of collar : ETON
65
Riga resident : LETT
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Take potshots (at) : SNIPE
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Fresh-mouthed : PERT
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Guesstimate phrase : ORSO
Down
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Suggestive : RISQUE
2
Sequentially : INTURN
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Quaker : FRIEND
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Send packing : FIRE
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It's another day : TOMORROW
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In flight : ALOFT
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Gunk : SLIME
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Curly cabbage : KALE
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Eye bank donation : CORNEA
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Meyers of "Kate & Allie" : ARI
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Good, in the 'hood : BAD
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Broke a fast : ATE
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Brown of renown : LES
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Poet's "below" : NEATH
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It stays by your side : ARM
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Summer top : TSHIRT
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Out of port : ASEA
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Wail like a banshee : KEEN
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Announcer Hall : EDD
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Aerie hatchling : EAGLET
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Soprano Gluck : ALMA
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Nothin' : NADA
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Yeoman's yes : AYE
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On the disabled list : HURT
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"___ Camera" : IAMA
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Seuss's Horton, for one : ELEPHANT
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Not the brightest bulb on the tree : DENSE
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Courtroom V.I.P.'s : DAS
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"Ixnay!" : NODICE
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Spleen : IRE
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B & B patron : ROOMER
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Financial checks : AUDITS
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Magic word : PRESTO
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"Beau ___" : GESTE
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Oscar contender : ACTOR
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"Don't make a ___!" : PEEP
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Saint-___ (French seaport) : MALO
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Quart divs. : PTS
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Seemingly forever : EON
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Part of TNT : TRI
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Dead letters? : RIP

Answer summary: 3 debuted here and reused later.

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