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New York Times, Saturday, August 1, 2009

Creator of a comic strip duo named after a theologian and a philosopher

Author:
Martin Ashwood-Smith
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Martin Ashwood-Smith

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 30 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 55 for Mr. Ashwood-Smith. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2009, The New York Times8/1/09 ( No. 21,816 )
Across
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Final resting place built in the 17th century : TAJMAHAL
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Jackson and others : JESSES
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Hole that's not filled : OPENDATE
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Demonstrate banking skill : AVIATE
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Like exiles : UPROOTED
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Distance light travels in 3.3 femtoseconds : MICRON
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Sound sometimes followed by an attack : GRR
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"A friend to call my own," per a Michael Jackson hit : BEN
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Reaction to chicken feed : PECKING
22
"Far From Heaven" director Todd : HAYNES
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Queens or soldiers : CASTE
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Patron saint of hermits : GILES
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Sentences may end with them : PARDONS
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Car category : USED
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Creator of a comic strip duo named after a theologian and a philosopher : WATTERSON
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Fine-grained wood : YEW
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Desert rodents : JERBOAS
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Indication of a green light : NOD
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One may be out of control : SITUATION
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So, in Salerno : COSI
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British Columbia's ___ Mountains : SELKIRK
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"Class Reunion" novelist, 1979 : JAFFE
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Boosted : HIKED
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Tank type : PANZER
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Pitches : CAREENS
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Summer turn-on? : FAN
46
It might hold gold : ORE
47
Black marketeer in "Casablanca" : UGARTE
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Bygone Buicks : RIVIERAS
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Emissary : LEGATE
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Like some menus : ALACARTE
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Pitched : LEANED
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Not at all tight : GENEROUS
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Bruiser : TOUGHGUY
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Rates : APPRAISES
3
Big name in slapstick : JERRYLEWIS
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6 letters : MNO
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Building blocks : ADOBES
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Is repulsed by : HATES
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Rate ___ (be deemed flawless) : ATEN
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Skippered : LED
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"Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world" speaker : JAMESDEAN
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They remove letters : EVICTORS
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Repulses : SICKENS
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Attire around the 1-Across : SARI
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Royal educator : ETON
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Hong Kong's Hang ___ Index : SENG
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Had some : PARTOOK
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Satirist Ward : NED
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___ seat : CATBIRD
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Voting booth information : PARTIES
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1947 western serial film : SONOFZORRO
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Cowardly : WEAKKNEED
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Title vampire of film : NOSFERATU
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Girl Scouts founder Low : JULIETTE
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Diphthong dividers : DIERESES
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Mehrabad Airport setting : TEHERAN
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Film holder : CAN
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One of the Sopranos : JANICE
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Stately old court dance : PAVAN
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Get the best of : CULL
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Posthumous Pulitzer winner of 1958 : AGEE
44
Ravi Shankar played it at Woodstock : RAGA
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Do a taxing task? : FILE
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Low-grade paper : RAG
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It may pop on a plane : EAR

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 6 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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