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New York Times, Saturday, August 15, 2009

Scathing review attributed to Ambrose Bierce, part 1

Author:
Matt Ginsberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQWXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Ginsberg.
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© 2009, The New York Times8/15/09 ( No. 21,830 )
Across
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Brig pair : MASTS
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___ Vaishnavism (Hindu sect) : SRI
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Org. that trademarked "Pony Express" in 2006 : USPS
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Like some leaves : UNPAID
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Mad : MANIACAL
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They appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" 36 times : STILLERANDMEARA
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Scathing review attributed to Ambrose Bierce, part 1 : THECOVERSOF
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De, across the Rhine : VON
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Sources of some leather : EELS
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Grade school comeback : ISTOO
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Holdup accessory? : BELT
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Hosp. units : RMS
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Reaction dreaded by a performer : BOO
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Minstrel percussionist : MRBONES
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Pursue, in a way : COURT
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Wear that's worn : RAGS
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Review, part 2 : THISBOOKARE
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Some batteries : AAAS
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Big productions : EPICS
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They're often stuffed : TURKEYS
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16th letter of the Spanish alphabet : ENE
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Old TV ministry inits. : PTL
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Agcy. concerned with ergonomics : OSHA
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Prayer start : OLORD
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Last thing : SHOE
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Onetime foe of the Navajo : UTE
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Review, part 3 : TOOFARAPART
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"Hot" political topic : GREENHOUSEGASES
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Where sledders start : HILLTOPS
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Strikingly original : DARING
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Cause for a kid getting grounded : SASS
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Sweet ending? : OSE
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Half a leaf : RECTO
Down
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Summon : MUSTER
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It's often played before the first play : ANTHEM
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Hucksters' deliveries : SPIELS
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Baby showers? : TALCS
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Titan's home : SILO
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Whiplike? : SMART
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Free, but not for free : RANSOM
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Like much plumbing : INDOOR
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OPEC member: Abbr. : UAE
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Be a garbage collector : SCAVENGE
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Releases from a spring board? : PAROLES
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They're not on the level : SLANTS
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Not on the level : DEVIOUS
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Global lending org. : IMF
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Break down and assimilate : RESORB
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Sources of some leather : BOARS
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Snake feeder : BOISE
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Pair : BRACE
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Grammy winner Khan : CHAKA
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46-Across part : TOE
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Cape Fear natives : TARHEELS
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They're seen at Venice's La Fenice : OPERAS
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Like-minded : KINDRED
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Wienerwald's whereabouts : AUSTRIA
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Ruffians : TOUGHS
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"Hello-o-o!" : YOOHOO
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Cousins of cutters : SLOOPS
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Occurring in stages : PHASIC
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Letter's sign : TORENT
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Chooses to 46-Down : LETSGO
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Valuable : OFUSE
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Show clemency : SPARE
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Cause of a major downfall? : TNT
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Bacteriologist's base : AGAR
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Lines up? : ELS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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