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New York Times, Monday, September 16, 2002

Author:
Roy Leban
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Roy Leban

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXYZ} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Leban. NYT links: Across Lite
Roy Leban notes:

Although this wasn't my first published, puzzle, it was my first NYT crossword. It was also the my first submission to the Times, so it was pretty nice to get an email from Will saying he liked it but wanted a change. Would I do that? Of course I would!

In the process, Will asked for Monday cluing, so I kept the clues pretty easy. Still, Will changed almost half the clues. I later learned that wasn't bad for a debut puzzle and I got much better at both the NYT style and difficulty.

My favorite entry: MSRP, which had not appeared before, and has since appeared 16 times. MSRP wasn't in any of my databases and the only M??P words were the weak MNOP and the awful MUMP. (Later, I learned Merl Reagle had used MSRP earlier, and ME UP, as in ["Beam __, Scottie!"] is another option.)

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© 2002, The New York TimesNo. 0916 ( 19,305 )
Across
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Hot sauce : SALSA
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Van Gogh flower : IRIS
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This for that : SWAP
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To no ___ (fruitlessly) : AVAIL
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Scarf material : SILK
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Scarf material : LACE
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Cardplayer's oxymoron : DOUBLESOLITAIRE
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Place to stop : END
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Stretched : TAUT
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Miniature golf club : PUTTER
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Misplace : LOSE
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Golfer's cry : FORE
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Pie cutter's oxymoron : SMALLERHALF
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School org. : PTA
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Wanderer : NOMAD
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Poem on an urn : ODE
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Miseries : WOES
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Unit of a molecule : ATOM
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Stares : GAPES
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Sprained, as an ankle : HURT
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Hawaii's ___ Coast : KONA
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Fish eggs : ROE
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Shampoo step : RINSE
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Work unit : ERG
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Shuffler's oxymoron : RANDOMORDER
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Dog's favorite part of a steak : BONE
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Customer of Fabergé eggs : TSAR
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Portly : ROTUND
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Standard : NORM
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"His Master's Voice" co. : RCA
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Polltaker's oxymoron : UNBIASEDOPINION
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Suffix with poet : ICAL
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Iridescent gem : OPAL
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Big bang maker : NITRO
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Socially challenged person : NERD
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Greek goddess of victory : NIKE
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First American in orbit : GLENN
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She won a 2002 Grammy for "Lovers Rock" : SADE
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Shakespearean stream : AVON
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Extol : LAUD
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Bro or sis : SIB
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With everything : ALLTOLD
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Bank, to a credit card : ISSUER
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Laughfest : RIOT
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Poorly : ILL
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Sticks on a slope? : SKIPOLES
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Political ticket : SLATE
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Word repeated before "Don't tell me!" : WAIT
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1/640 of a square mile : ACRE
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Nobleman : PEER
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Slacken : EASE
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Territory : TURF
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Relative of a camel : LLAMA
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Lose brilliance : FADE
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Viper, for one : SNAKE
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Machine powerer : MOTOR
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Shirley Jackson's "Life ___ the Savages" : AMONG
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Wished (for) : HOPED
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Feared destination in "Lady and the Tramp" : POUND
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Not wordy : TERSE
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Daisylike flower : ASTER
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Helicopter sound : WHIRR
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Henry Ford II, to Henry Ford : GRANDSON
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Top-notch : AONE
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Like some charges on a cell phone : ROAMING
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Gossipy Barrett : RONA
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"Lawrence of Arabia" star : OTOOLE
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Abbr. after an asterisk in a car ad : MSRP
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Erect : BUILD
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Tear down : RUIN
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"___ upon a time" : ONCE
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Way up a slope : TBAR
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Fargo's state: Abbr. : NDAK
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Baptism, for one : RITE
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Common syrup source : CORN
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Auth. unknown : ANON
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Prefix with gram or center : EPI
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Zilch : NIL

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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