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New York Times, Friday, August 22, 2008

Author:
Kevin G. Der
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Kevin G. Der

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 60, Blocks: 18 Missing: {JQWXZ} Spans: 6, (2 triple stacks) Average word length: 6.90 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Der. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

Until recently, this astounding puzzle held the NYT record for fewest blocks. Joe Krozel tied this record on August 7, 2010 and then beat it on July 27, 2012.

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© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 0822 ( 21,472 )
Across
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It has 33 letters : RUSSIANLANGUAGE
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All-Star Game, e.g. : INTERLEAGUEPLAY
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Optionally : ASANALTERNATIVE
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High seats : THRONES
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"Lucia di Lammermoor" lord and namesakes : ENRICOS
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Oscar nominee for "My Man Godfrey" : AUER
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Storms : RAGES
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Field with bases : MATH
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Wandered from the direct course : STRAGGLED
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Actress Berger : SENTA
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Skid's cause, maybe : SLEET
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Protected by law : VESTED
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Four-year sch. of higher learning in Providence : RIC
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Condomless vis-à-vis protected : UNSAFER
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Tacoma-to-Walla Walla dir. : ESE
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Shows one's feelings : EMOTES
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Rio ___, multinational coal-mining giant : TINTO
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___ Verdes Estates, Calif. : PALOS
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Chaotic place : MARESNEST
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Classic 1974 role for Marty Feldman : IGOR
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Middle: Prefix : CENTR
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Inner opening? : ENTO
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Gun, to Guillermo : PISTOLA
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Ham, e.g. : RADIOER
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Pro at protection : INSURANCEBROKER
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Health form field : NEARESTRELATIVE
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"An Inconvenient Truth" topic : GREENHOUSEGASES
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Neck ties? : RIATAS
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Open : UNSHUT
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Burlesque-goer, typically : STARER
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Mantilla wearers : SENORAS
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Setting of the 2007 animated film "Persepolis" : IRAN
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They might make you tear up : ALLERGENS
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Store figure : NETSALES
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New Guinea port : LAE
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"You're absolutely right" : AGREED
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Ex-senator Sam of Georgia and others : NUNNS
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Duds : GEAR
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When computers are working : UPTIMES
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Spanish city and province on the Mediterranean : ALICANTE
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Baroque dances : GAVOTTES
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Freebie on some airplane flights : EYESHADE
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Lie in the sun : GETATAN
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Sticks : GLUES
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Some Rockefeller Center murals : SERTS
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Time-honored : VENERABLE
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Plumber's job, maybe : REPIPING
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Idea person : IMAGINER
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Ancient city to which Paul wrote an Epistle : COLOSSAE
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Angels are sometimes seen over them : FIRTREES
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"Love is reciprocal ___": Marcel Proust : TORTURE
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At all : ONEIOTA
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Treating badly : MEANTO
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Japanese mushrooms : ENOKIS
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Pack in a ship's hold : STEEVE
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Baseball's Joe and others : TORRES
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Battle : CLASH
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___ Ishii, character in "Kill Bill" : OREN
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Men might dress in this : DRAG
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High-quality vineyard : CRU

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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