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New York Times, Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Author:
James R. Leeds
Editor:
Will Shortz
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James R. Leeds

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {DJQW} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Leeds. NYT links: Across Lite
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M
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E
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N
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U
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U
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S
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A
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I
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R
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P
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L
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O
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T
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U
S
E
R
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R
A
B
B
I
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T
E
A
R
S
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S
T
A
N
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T
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B
E
T
A
N
Y
A
K
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T
O
T
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O
E
N
O
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S
T
A
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S
P
H
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I
N
X
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T
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H
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E
T
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N
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G
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O
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R
E
T
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E
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A
L
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C
R
T
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G
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U
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A
V
A
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N
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A
Z
I
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S
H
I
H
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I
T
S
A
L
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L
G
R
E
E
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K
T
O
M
E
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R
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I
N
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A
R
A
L
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R
A
R
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R
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T
R
A
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A
V
A
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S
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A
A
R
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H
O
M
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E
G
A
M
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E
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B
A
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H
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O
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P
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L
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A
M
A
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F
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I
N
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L
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P
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H
A
S
E
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B
R
A
S
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C
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A
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C
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O
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C
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© 2006, The New York TimesNo. 0912 ( 20,762 )
Across
1
Maître d's offering : MENU
5
Name on planes, once : USAIR
10
Storyline : PLOT
14
Drug dealer's customer : USER
15
TV antenna of old : RABBITEARS
17
Lee of Marvel Comics : STAN
18
Hirsute Himalayan beast : TIBETANYAK
19
Rug rat : TOT
20
Vintner's prefix : OENO
21
RR stop : STA
22
Tourist attraction near Giza : SPHINX
24
Pacino danced it in "Scent of a Woman" : THETANGO
29
Neural network : RETE
31
Stein contents : ALE
32
PC monitor part : CRT
33
Exotic jelly flavor : GUAVA
36
"The Soup ___" (classic "Seinfeld" episode) : NAZI
38
___ Tzu (toy dog) : SHIH
39
Appropriate comment for this puzzle : ITSALLGREEKTOME
42
Jockey strap : REIN
43
Asia's ___ Sea : ARAL
44
Pinker in the middle : RARER
45
La-la lead-in : TRA
46
An ex of Frank : AVA
47
Coal-rich German region : SAAR
49
Mets contest at Shea, e.g. : HOMEGAME
52
Go from pub to pub : BARHOP
56
"Lord, is ___?" : ITI
57
Cash holder : TILL
59
G.P. grp. : AMA
60
Project's conclusion : FINALPHASE
64
Bikini parts : BRAS
65
Is compliant : COOPERATES
66
"___ it a pity?" : ISNT
67
Smoke or salt, maybe : CURE
68
Day one : ONSET
69
___ Pet : CHIA
Down
1
They're required : MUSTS
2
Bar, legally : ESTOP
3
Not o'er : NEATH
4
Large coffee container : URN
5
Composition's original form : URTEXT
6
Spahn teammate Johnny : SAIN
7
Monk's superior : ABBOT
8
"Can ___ dreaming?" : IBE
9
Slower, in mus. : RIT
10
Tetra- plus one : PENTA
11
Secure oneself in port : LAYANCHOR
12
"… man ___ mouse?" : ORA
13
Sound of rebuke : TSK
16
Have a sample of : TASTE
20
Tatum of "Paper Moon" : ONEAL
23
Former Nascar driver Ernie : IRVAN
25
Filberts : HAZELS
26
Wiesel who wrote "Night" : ELIE
27
Dirt : GRIME
28
Catchall category : OTHER
30
Memory trace : ENGRAM
33
Waist size : GIRTH
34
In ___ (not yet born) : UTERO
35
Turkey's locale : ASIAMINOR
37
Celestial altar : ARA
38
Reporter Brenda of the comics : STARR
40
Magma, after surfacing : LAVA
41
Rural village in South Africa : KRAAL
46
Nimble : AGILE
48
Most up to the task : ABLEST
50
Marchers' camp : ETAPE
51
Les ___-Unis : ETATS
53
Hard on the ears : HARSH
54
Muscat native : OMANI
55
Fusilli or rotini : PASTA
58
"Ah so!" : ISEE
60
TV regulatory grp. : FCC
61
Marker letters : IOU
62
Old hand : PRO
63
___ Solo of "Star Wars" : HAN
64
Inexpensive pen : BIC

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

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