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New York Times, Saturday, August 28, 2010

Literary character who's "always good-tempered" and "not very clever"

Author:
Xan Vongsathorn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 34 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Vongsathorn. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2010, The New York Times8/28/10 ( No. 22,208 )
Across
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___ soup : MISO
5
One ___ (kid's game) : OCAT
9
Floor support? : YEAS
13
Former Israeli P.M. Olmert : EHUD
14
Beast on Botswana's coat of arms : ZEBRA
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Running gear component : AXLE
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One might perform behind bars : GOGODANCER
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The wind unwinds it : KITE
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They let people off : SPARERS
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Gentleman's partner? : SCHOLAR
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Really smell like : REEKOF
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Hangs : HOVERS
26
Cutting edge of science? : OCCAMSRAZOR
29
Grabs and runs, say : LOOTS
30
Words before "You're on!" : WANNABET
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Out of town : GONE
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Avoids : DUCKS
38
Style of Duchamp's "Fountain" : DADA
39
Light limiter : APERTURE
41
It's often remotely controlled : TVSET
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Literary character who's "always good-tempered" and "not very clever" : MRTOAD
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They're good at breaking things : TAMERS
50
Twitter : CHIRRUP
52
Danger for small watercraft : LEETIDE
55
Drop without warning : JILT
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Kind of line symbolizing a cultural boundary : MASONDIXON
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Able to see through : ONTO
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Arab, maybe : STEED
60
Historic town on the Vire : STLO
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Rigging handler, briefly : BOSN
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Fresh lines? : SASS
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They can be piercing : EYES
Down
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Drive units, briefly : MEGS
2
Chain with many links : IHOP
3
Alternative to a cup : SUGARCONE
4
Product associated with the annual Rotten Sneakers Contest : ODOREATER
5
Range near Wal-Mart's headquarters : OZARKS
6
Pixelate, say : CENSOR
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Epitome of simplicity : ABC
8
Cube root of veintisiete : TRES
9
Comedian Smirnoff : YAKOV
10
What some traitors end up in : EXILE
11
Stopping point for a train? : ALTAR
12
Ball-bearing types? : SEERS
15
Ancient Athenian magistrates : ARCHONS
18
Thinks : DEEMS
22
Feature of Africa ... and some of its denizens : HORN
24
Angel player of the 1970s : FAWCETT
26
Bond girl Kurylenko : OLGA
27
Shut (up) : COOP
28
Drummer Starkey : ZAK
31
Throw out pitches? : ADVERTISE
32
Number system used by the Babylonians : BASESIXTY
33
An old couple fell in it : EDEN
34
Some lasting art, in slang : TATS
36
Yo-yos : DUMDUMS
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It's between Bern and Graub√ľnden : URI
40
Bolshevik foe : TSAR
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Unable to escape, in a way : TREED
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Features in many Fra Angelico paintings : HALOES
44
Fixes : EMENDS
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Not the most stimulating work : MCJOB
46
Record label named after an animal : RHINO
47
Has a list : TILTS
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"The Ruffian on the Stair" playwright : ORTON
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Three-time grid champs of the 2000s : PATS
53
Relief : DOLE
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1980 TV spinoff : ENOS
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Source of rays : SEA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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