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New York Times, Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Author:
Tim Wescott
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJKQXZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Wescott. NYT links: Across Lite
Notepad: When completed, this puzzle grid will contain an unusual feature that appears nine times. Can you find it?
Jim Horne notes:

This amazing puzzle has nine Word Squares: four 3 x 3, four 4 x 4, and one 5 x 5 right in the middle. This image shows all the word squares highlighted. See Wordplay for more.

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Across
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Steal from : ROB
4
Go on a jag : BINGE
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"Beat it!" : SCRAM
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"O Henry, ___ thine eyes!": Shak. : OPE
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"In an ___ world ..." : IDEAL
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Boorish : CRUDE
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Spell-off : BEE
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Just learning about : NEWTO
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"I've ___ up to here!" : HADIT
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Make arable, perhaps : IRRIGATE
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Ants, archaically : EMMETS
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Acts the shrew : NAGS
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___ Penh, Cambodia: Var. : PNOM
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Is compassionate : HASAHEART
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Half a flock, maybe : EWES
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Sisters' org. : SOR
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Dues payer : MEMBER
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Hindu god : DEVA
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What a cow chews : CUD
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Style of truck with a vertical front : CABOVER
40
Mule of song : SAL
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"101 ___ for a Dead Cat" (1981 best seller) : USES
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Multi-act shows : REVUES
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"The Closer" cable channel : TNT
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1978 Yankees hero Bucky : DENT
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Remains of a felling : TREESTUMP
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"So satisfying!" sounds : AAHS
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Louis XIV, Louis XVI et al. : ROIS
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Deep divides : CHASMS
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Bacardi concoction, perhaps : RUMPUNCH
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"___ lost his mind?" : HASHE
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Yam or taro : TUBER
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Fish-to-be : ROE
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Pale with fright : ASHEN
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Ohm's symbol : OMEGA
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"A Chorus Line" song : ONE
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Casts off : SHEDS
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Alternative to roll-on : SPRAY
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Bard's nightfall : EEN
Down
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Batcave figure : ROBIN
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Diva's workplace : OPERAHOUSE
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Place for a pilsner : BEERGARDEN
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Cherry variety : BING
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"Aha!" elicitor : IDEA
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"Winning the Future" author Gingrich : NEWT
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Event receipts : GATE
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"Xanadu" band, for short : ELO
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Dorky sort : SCHMO
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Pulled an all-nighter : CRAMMED
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Like cutting in line, e.g. : RUDE
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Mine opening : ADIT
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"Amazin'" team : METS
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Mag. copy : ISS
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Followers of appetizers : ENTREES
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Sneak peek, informally : PREVUE
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___ Theaters (national cinema chain) : AMC
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Fireplace floors : HEARTHS
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Fireplace remains : EMBERS
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Higher-ranking than : ABOVE
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Louisiana city named for the fifth U.S. president : WESTMONROE
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Big name in women's apparel since 1949 : EVANPICONE
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Margarita glass rim coating : SALT
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Gulf war missile : SCUD
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Run after Q : RST
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Squirreled away : STASHED
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Montevideo's land: Abbr. : URU
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Church chorus : AMENS
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Unwashed hair may have it : SHEEN
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Cartoonist Addams : CHAS
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"Slung" dish : HASH
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Arthur who wrote "A Hard Road to Glory" : ASHE
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Beef cut : RUMP
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Super, slangily : UBER
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Prefix with vitamins : MEGA
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Do penance, say : PRAY
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How-___ (do-it-yourself books) : TOS

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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