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New York Times, Sunday, August 4, 1996

Author:
D. Tuller
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Dave Tuller

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 136, Blocks: 66 Missing: {JQZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Tuller. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1996, The New York TimesNo. 0804 ( 17,071 )
Across
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Pirate's punishment : LASHES
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Container for liquid nitrogen : DEWAR
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Thrown away : OFFCAST
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On the beach : ASHORE
20
Computer function : DELETE
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God : CREATOR
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Wine connoisseurs at dinner? : SHERRYPICKERS
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Pond denizen : TADPOLE
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"Je ne ___ quoi" : SAIS
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Small vol. measurement : MLS
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Taken (with) : SMITTEN
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Exuberance : ELAN
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Bug : IRK
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Get on : BOARD
33
Bit of color : SPLOTCH
35
Digital watch part: Abbr. : LCD
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N.T. book : EPH
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Expire : RUNOUT
39
Cornerstone abbr. : EST
40
Recesses : APSES
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Calendar abbr. : THUR
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Big scissors from the Big Apple? : BRONXSHEARS
48
Butcher's order : LOIN
49
Nerdy attire : BEANIES
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Vladimir Nabokov or Jerzy Kosinski : EMIGRE
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Fix up : RESTORE
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Packs, as sardines : TINS
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Game sometimes called "bucking the tiger" : FARO
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Like an old gen. : RET
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Snappy comeback? : ECHO
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Bait : ENTICE
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Home of the Visconti and Sforza families : MILAN
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It can heat up Brie : ETE
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L'Abbaye-aux-Hommes locale : CAEN
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Goes on a diet? : SHOOSTHEFAT
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Ice cream thickener : AGAR
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Prefix with athlete : TRI
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Turn down : SPURN
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Goiter sufferer's need : IODINE
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Louis d'or, e.g. : COIN
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Where TV's Mindy honeymooned : ORK
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Finnish skiing gold medalist Maentyranta : EERO
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Moore of "Striptease" : DEMI
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"Look Back in Anger" playwright : OSBORNE
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Do a cobbler's job : REHEEL
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Religious center : VATICAN
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Goddess who sparked the Trojan War : ERIS
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Sheriff's grain harvest? : POLICESHEAF
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First name in tennis : HANA
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Wallpaper design : MOTIF
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___ disant (self-styled) : SOI
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Went through and robbed : RIFLED
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White House grp. : NSC
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Sounds at a doctor's office : AHS
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Walk ostentatiously : FLOUNCE
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Journalist's workplace : DAILY
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___ Canals : SOO
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Word in a hymn : DEUS
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Burst in : IMPLODE
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Unkindly : ILL
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Impulse : WHIM
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Traveling : ENROUTE
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Bit of power company stock? : ELECTRICSHARE
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Rootless one : DRIFTER
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Smits's "N.Y.P.D. Blue" role : SIMONE
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Makeup artist? : ATONER
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Supposed aphrodisiacs : OYSTERS
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Limited : SCANT
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Takes a little bit : TASTES
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Female lead played only by males : LASSIE
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Common key : ASHARP
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Like some Arabs' conversations? : SHEIKHTOSHEIKH
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___ de combat : HORS
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Mismatch, e.g. : ERR
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Grant's 1868 opponent : SEYMOUR
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Rosa Parks Day mo. : DEC
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Club with a clock on its emblem : ELKS
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Originator of the Washington/cherry tree myth : WEEMS
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In position, as a sail : ATRIP
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Fidgety : RESTLESS
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Mendelssohn work in E-flat major : OCTETTE
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Garcon's tip, maybe : FRANC
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Angry, with "up" : FED
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Seaside setting : CAPE
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A lot of Micronesia : ATOLLS
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Take away the pain : SOLACE
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Style news : TRENDS
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Strip : DISROBE
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Syllabus : PLAN
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Nonsense, in England : TOSH
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Carroll's "Sylvie and ___" : BRUNO
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Eclipse statistic : DURATION
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Football great nicknamed "Old 98" : HARMON
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Refreshers : TONICS
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Kind of particle : PSI
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Try to pick up : HITON
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Notable anniversary : NINETIETH
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Makes one's mark? : XES
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Clears out, in a way : AERATES
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"A Murder of Quality" author : LECARRE
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Film with 8,000 extras : BENHUR
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Monastery no-no? : GREGORIANSHANT
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Engages : RETAINS
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"Open thine eyes ___": Keats : ETERNE
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College official : RECTOR
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Correct a typo : RESPELL
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Poodle's name : FIFI
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It has 12 steps : ALANON
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Picador's target : TORO
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Great Society measure : MEDICAID
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More comfortable : HOMIER
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Cupped fruit : ACORN
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Wish "bon voyage!" : SEEOFF
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"Law & Order" characters : DAS
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Like suspicious eyes : BEADY
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Commercial prefix with lady : EPI
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Lacking ore, as a mountain : VEINLESS
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Liaison d'amour : AFFAIRE
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Glucose and galactose, e.g. : ISOMERS
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Revolution result, possibly : COUP
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Shrew : HELLCAT
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Coped : MADEDO
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Annual literary award : OHENRY
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Trouble, in Yiddish slang : TSURIS
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"Darling ___" (Hudson flick) : LILI
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Evening gala : SOIREE
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Stars-to-be : COMERS
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Bottle size : LITER
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Case for a vet : COLIC
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Plant problem : EDEMA
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Like some ice cream : SOFT
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Nobel Prize category: Abbr. : ECON
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"___ there?" : WHOS
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Chief Ouray, e.g. : UTE
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USA competitor : TNT
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Timetable listing: Abbr. : STA

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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