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New York Times, Saturday, August 17, 1996

When alphabetic writing became widespread

Author:
J. T. Paine
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeremy Thomas Paine

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JKQ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Paine. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1996, The New York Times8/17/96 ( No. 17,084 )

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Across
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Yarn : CREWEL
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"Jupiter" composer : MOZART
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Insect : HEXAPOD
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Blotched, as the skin : MACULAR
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Fancy : IMAGINE
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Wail : ULULATE
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Ratlike rodent : VOLE
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California's ___ Range : SANTALUCIA
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Rock endings : ETTES
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"___ alike!" : NOTWO
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A.B.A. member : ATT
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It's said for openers : SESAME
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___ gratia : DEI
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Quarry : PREY
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Kitchen worker : RINSER
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Cookware : POTS
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Prone to excess : INTEMPERATE
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Chills : ICES
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Medical tracer, at times : IODINE
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"Uncle Remus" epithet : BRER
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Degree for one who's studied calculus : DDS
38
Botanist Gregor : MENDEL
42
Friendly question : LOB
43
Conjuring : MAGIC
45
Kind of pad : STENO
46
One receiving measured blows? : ANEMOMETER
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Prizes for MTV artists : AVAS
50
New Jersey river : RARITAN
51
1975 Doctorow novel : RAGTIME
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Holiday beverages : EGGNOGS
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Swindler : FLEECER
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Appetite : DESIRE
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Collectible cars : EDSELS
Down
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Salad bar offering : CHIVES
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Barely connected : REMOTE
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Elevates : EXALTS
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Employee : WAGEEARNER
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Prefix with -zoic : EPI
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Chaney Jr. and Sr. : LONS
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Nyasaland, now : MALAWI
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Eye: Prefix : OCULO
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Buthelezi, for one : ZULU
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One way to order : ALACARTE
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Flightless birds : RATITES
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Agreement : TREATY
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One of the 30's Gas House Gang : DEAN
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Grumbled : MUTTERED
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Message on a bottle? : NODEPOSIT
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"L.A. Law" actor : SMITS
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Compass dir. : ENE
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Sovereigns : POTENTATES
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Bits : SMIDGENS
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Philatelic purchases : PANES
32
Ocean hazards : ICEBERGS
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Goaltending concern : RIM
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When alphabetic writing became widespread : IRONAGE
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Was turned up : BLARED
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Wreck : DAMAGE
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Patent subject : DEVICE
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Cloisonne material : ENAMEL
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Ne'er-do-wells : LOSERS
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Word with car or court : MOTOR
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"At Random" autobiographer : CERF
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Sub-subcompact : MINI
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Bronchial sound : RALE
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Dropout's goal, for short : GED

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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