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TWO STEPS LATE

New York Times, Sunday, September 10, 2006

Author:
Joe DiPietro
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe DiPietro

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 91 for Mr. DiPietro. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2006, The New York TimesNo. 0910 ( 20,760 )
Across
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Major-league team with the most season losses, 120, in the 20th century : METS
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Fills positions for : STAFFS
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A mouse moves over it : PAD
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"Get ___!" : HIM
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Former enemy capital : HANOI
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Kind of wrestling : INDIAN
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House painting attire, maybe : OLDJEANS
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Electrolysis particle : ANION
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Whining from execs? : SUITCOMPLAINING
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Be slightly turned on? : LUSTALITTLEBIT
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"Son of Frankenstein" role : YGOR
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Mint family plant : SALVIA
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Rock guitarist Barrett : SYD
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Flight : LAM
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Pens and needles : STYLI
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"Summer of Sam" director : LEE
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Day ___ : SPA
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Laid up : INBED
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"Yikes!" : EGAD
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Fashionable gun? : GATINSTYLE
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Lose resilience : SAG
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Ringside shout : OLE
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Regard : DEEM
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Cheesy snack : NACHOS
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Engineering project begun in 1898 : ASWANDAM
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Usher to, as a table : SEATAT
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Princess of Power : SHERA
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Money in the bag, maybe : RANSOM
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"Well, this pays the rent" : ITSAJOB
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Bug : IRK
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Whit : FIG
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Deletes : XSOUT
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"Then join you with them, like ___ of steel": Shak. : ARIB
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Assistants at a Kate Spade factory? : PURSESAIDES
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Valle del Bove locale : ETNA
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___ Park, N.J. : MENLO
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NASA vehicle : LEM
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Part of a winning combination : TAC
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Irish-born actress McKenna : SIOBHAN
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Washer setting : GENTLE
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Like James Brown's music : FUNKY
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Snoops : PRYERS
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Someone sexy : HOTSTUFF
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60 shares, e.g. : ODDLOT
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Cordial : WARM
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The Wildcats of the N.C.A.A. : UNH
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New England hockey hero : ORR
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Unit amount of sunlight seen? : RAYPERVIEW
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Knotted up : TIED
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Central : FOCAL
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Suffix with Ecuador : EAN
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Accident : HAP
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Missouri city, briefly : STJOE
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Flit (about) : GAD
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Equi- equivalent : ISO
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Motivated : DRIVEN
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As recently as : ONLY
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Reunion no-shows? : MISSINGCOUSINS
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Hemlock? : DRINKOFDISASTER
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Go blading : SKATE
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Literary orphan : JANEEYRE
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Swimming : NATANT
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Glacial ice formation : SERAC
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Three of a kind, in poker parlance : SET
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Suffix with bass : OON
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Scenic vistas, briefly : SCAPES
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African antelope : ORYX
Down
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Stick : MANUAL
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Isolate : ENISLE
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Play garden produce like a horn? : TOOTVEGETABLES
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New York's Mount ___ Hospital : SINAI
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No-no's opposite? : SISI
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Letter-shaped fastener : TNUT
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Mine entrances : ADITS
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In a proper manner : FITLY
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Braved : FACED
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High-hatter : SNOB
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Beer can feature : POPTAB
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___ right : ALL
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W.W. II event : DDAY
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Shaggy sponsor of a sort? : HAIRYGODMOTHER
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Lodge : INN
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N.Y.C. arena : MSG
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"The Laughing Cavalier" artist : HALS
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Sprightly dances : JIGS
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Brief online message : ENOTE
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A. A. for children : MILNE
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Place trailers are in : LAST
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Wires : MESSAGES
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___ land : LALA
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Footnote word : IDEM
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Grenade part : PIN
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Santa ___ (hot winds) : ANAS
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To whom "We'll always have Paris" was spoken : ILSA
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Time for crowing : DAWN
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Key with three sharps: Abbr. : AMAJ
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Separation : SCHISM
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"Voilà!" : THERE
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Examination of an English royal house? : YORKSTUDY
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Phazyme alternative : GASX
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Raison ___ : DETRE
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Relieving knee pain? : EASINGTHEJOINT
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Uninteresting : ARID
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Cat's sniffer? : NOSEBYAWHISKER
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Kingdom of Broadway : SIAM
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Beat : TOP
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Long jumper : BULLFROG
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Inconstant : FICKLE
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Prevent from making a hit? : UNARM
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Gets some color : TANS
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Wreck site : REEF
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Supermarket chain : AANDP
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Nurse : SIP
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Able to see right through : ONTO
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"Say as he says, ___ shall never go": "The Taming of the Shrew" : ORWE
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Gang land : TURF
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Farm young : FOAL
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Old : YORE
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"Gilligan's Island" dwellings : HUTS
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Attending to a task : ONIT
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F.D.R. plan : TVA
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They meet in the middle : RADII
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___-European : INDO
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"Go, and catch a falling star" poet : DONNE
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City connected to Philadelphia by the Benjamin Franklin Bridge : CAMDEN
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Where kites may be found : AVIARY
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Canon competitor : PENTAX
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Sommer in the cinema : ELKE
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Ishmael's half-brother : ISAAC
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Rap relative : SISTA
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Ready to be drawn : ONTAP
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"One Good Cop" actress : RUSSO
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Tiny time period: Abbr. : NSEC
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Jerk : YOYO
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ID's with two hyphens : SSNS
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It may be given from father to son : GENE
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PC screens : CRTS
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Station personalities : DJS
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Actress ___ Dawn Chong : RAE
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Back again : FRO

Answer summary: 15 unique to this puzzle, 7 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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