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New York Times, Thursday, August 14, 2003

Author:
Greg Staples
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Greg Staples

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Staples. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

The black square immediately preceding or following 24A, 25A, 48A, 50A, 4D, 28D, 29D and 57D should be interpreted as a "block" and considered part of the adjoining answer. For example, 24A = SUNBLOCK, 25A = BLOCK PARTY, etc.

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© 2003, The New York TimesNo. 0814 ( 19,637 )
Across
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Duck with a large white crest : SMEW
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Atkins diet count, briefly : CARBS
10
Gillette product : ATRA
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___ Alto : PALO
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"I Could Write ___" (Rodgers and Hart song) : ABOOK
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Jacob who wrote "How the Other Half Lives" : RIIS
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Not be childish : ACTONESAGE
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Private dining room? : MESS
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Greek island or its capital : RHODES
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Wraps (up) : SEWS
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Prussian pronoun : SIE
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Burn preventer : SUN
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Neighborhood shindig : PARTY
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Folders, wastebaskets and such : ICONS
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Adriatic seaport : BARI
30
No longer young : AGING
31
"Forever Your Girl" hitmaker, 1989 : ABDUL
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It may get you slapped : FRESHNESS
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Very, affectedly : TRES
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Literal element of eight answers in this puzzle : BLOCK
40
Arrange, as hair : DOUP
41
Cheerleader's maneuver : CARTWHEEL
43
1974 title role for Dustin Hoffman : LENNY
44
October 31 option : TREAT
45
Super server : ACER
47
Revolution : TWIRL
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For sale : ONTHE
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Line of defense : ADE
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Old-time marauder : HUN
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Timber wolf : LOBO
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Orangish hues : OCHRES
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Wild goings-on : ORGY
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Becomes discouraged : LOSESHEART
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Stamp of approval? : USDA
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Mower maker : DEERE
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Top spot : ACME
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Train station : STOP
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City near Oberhausen : ESSEN
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Sweetie : DEAR
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Knocks heads (with) : SPARS
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___ Picchu (Incan site) : MACHU
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John with a wild wardrobe : ELTON
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Percussion instrument struck with a mallet : WOOD
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Olive oil dressing : CAESAR
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___ of Steel (video classic) : ABS
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Swelter : ROAST
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One over : BOGEY
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Twist : SKEW
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It may be twisted : ARM
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Paints the town red : TIESONEON
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Symbol of Japan : RISINGSUN
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Burden carriers : ASSES
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Sherpa's land : NEPAL
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Charlie Brown utterance : SIGH
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Winchester, e.g. : RIFLE
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Basic building unit : CINDER
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Huge success : BUSTER
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"Shoot!" : ASK
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Flight coordinators: Abbr. : ATC
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It may be on a roll : BRATWURST
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Heroic action : DERRINGDO
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Unnamed litigant : ROE
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Showy display : ECLAT
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Bug someone, e.g. : SPY
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All-natural food no-no : BHT
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Rampart : WALL
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Hanger-on : LEECH
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Elect : CHOSEN
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G's : THOUS
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They're found among the reeds : OBOES
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What counters may count : NOSES
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"It's ___ against time" : ARACE
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Skin layer : DERMA
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Aromatic compound : ESTER
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Part of many an antique shop name : OLDE
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Nincompoop : HEAD
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Chatter : YAP
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It comes before long : ERE

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

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