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New York Times, Thursday, August 1, 2002

What spouse does, step 4 [hint: look at the black squares of the grid]

Author:
William I. Johnston
Editor:
Will Shortz
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William I. Johnston

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 39 Missing: {JV} This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Johnston.
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© 2002, The New York Times8/1/02 ( No. 19,259 )

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Across
1
Like ears of grain : SPICATE
8
Teacher's diagnostic tool : PRETEST
15
Oder region : SILESIA
16
Birthplace of Elie Wiesel : ROMANIA
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Strongly built : WELLSET
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Nostrums : ELIXIRS
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What spouse does every night, step 1 : FLIPSOFFLIGHT
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Part of a U.S.A.F. schedule : ETA
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Actress Phillips of "I, Claudius" : SIAN
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Fannie ___ : MAE
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What spouse does, step 2 : GETSINTOBED
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So-so link? : AND
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Merriment : GLEE
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Place to spend shekels: Abbr. : ISR
33
Veterans : OLDPROS
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Soft and yielding : SQUISHY
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Army unit? : ANT
43
Antarctic flier : SKUA
44
Mdse. : GDS
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What spouse does, step 3 : FALLSASLEEP
52
Alley ___ : OOP
53
Intercom sound : BEEP
54
Mormons, in brief : LDS
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What spouse does, step 4 [hint: look at the black squares of the grid] : STARTSTOSNORE
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It's usually played first : SIDEONE
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Makes bubbly : AERATES
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"No kidding" : IMEANIT
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Passover fare : MATZOTH
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Parade requirements : PERMITS
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Perfume : ESSENCE
Down
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Opposite of NNE : SSW
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Kind of chart : PIE
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Accursed : ILLFATED
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Monk's abode : CELL
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Historic Italian town damaged many times by earthquakes : ASSISI
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Cuff link companion : TIEPIN
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Irks : EATSAT
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Non- or un-: Abbr. : PREF
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Do body work of a sort : ROLF
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Expressionist Nolde : EMIL
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Meter site : TAXI
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Poser : ENIGMA
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Name echoed in 1960's news : SIRHAN
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Took a bite : TASTED
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Conceptual art pioneer : ONO
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Breakfast brand : EGGO
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Get off one's chest : TELL
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Natl. Sewing Month : SEP
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Twice : BIS
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Lawyer's abbr. : ESQ
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Joanne of "Red River" : DRU
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W.W. II fliers : RAF
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Stop ___ dime : ONA
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Cardinal letters : STL
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Long ___: Abbr. : ISL
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Kind of crew : SKELETON
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Tinted : HUED
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Natters on : YAPS
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Dirt, so to speak : GOSSIP
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Sit behind bars : DOTIME
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Gardener, at times : SPADER
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Corp. takeover : LBO
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Opening word : SESAME
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Lover of Dido, in myth : AENEAS
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Wears jauntily : SPORTS
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Printing unit : REAM
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Singer Tennille : TONI
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Peevish display : SNIT
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Hanoi holidays : TETS
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Flatten : RAZE
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And so forth: Abbr. : ETC
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Dam, for example : SHE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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