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New York Times, Tuesday, September 2, 2003

Level on the evolutionary ladder

Author:
Ed Early
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ed Early

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 37 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 32 for Mr. Early. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2003, The New York Times9/2/03 ( No. 19,656 )
Across
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Swiftly : APACE
6
Leading the pack : FIRST
11
Programming problem : BUG
14
"M*A*S*H" clerk : RADAR
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Hawaiian hello : ALOHA
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William Tell's canton : URI
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Subject of a parable of Jesus : PRODIGALSON
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New IBM hire, maybe : MBA
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___ Victor : RCA
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Play for a sap : USE
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Bridge : SPAN
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Take off the books : REPEAL
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Squandered : MISSPENT
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Major work : OPUS
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"___ had it!" : IVE
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Rich tapestry : ARRAS
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A sib : SIS
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Tankard filler : ALE
34
Set of principles : ETHIC
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Conniving sort : SCHEMER
38
ABC or XYZ : TRIGRAM
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Serving on a spit : KABOB
42
Bar bill : TAB
43
Comedian Olsen : OLE
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Greet the day : ARISE
46
Run smoothly : HUM
47
Level on the evolutionary ladder : APES
48
Produce, as heat : GENERATE
51
Villain's epithet : CURSES
53
Nile cobras : ASPS
54
Long-jawed fish : GAR
55
Black cuckoo : ANI
56
Two liters, e.g.: Abbr. : VOL
57
Lewis Carroll poem : JABBERWOCKY
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Big time : ERA
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Encyclopedia section : ATLAS
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Actor Milo : OSHEA
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Sloppy digs : STY
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Barn dances : REELS
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Whinny : NEIGH
Down
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Artist Jean : ARP
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Something to try to shoot : PAR
3
Fuss : ADO
4
Core groups : CADRES
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Novelist Jong : ERICA
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J.F.K. overseer : FAA
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Shed light on : ILLUME
8
Martini's partner : ROSSI
9
Pumps and clogs : SHOES
10
Beachgoer's goal : TAN
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Farm abundances : BUMPERCROPS
12
University of Illinois locale : URBANA
13
Mel Ott's team : GIANTS
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Telescope pioneer : GALILEO
22
Bit of mistletoe : SPRIG
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Katharine of "The Graduate" : ROSS
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DeMille production, e.g. : EPIC
25
"Boris Godunov," for one : PUSHKINPLAY
27
Sir, in old India : SAHIB
30
"Make" or "break" : VERB
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Honey-colored : AMBER
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Ides rebuke : ETTU
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Mine transport : TRAMCAR
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Lets up : EASES
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Away from the wind : ALEE
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Leathernecks' lunch : MESS
44
Century plants : AGAVES
45
Vacation spot : RESORT
46
Like some tea : HERBAL
47
Melodious : ARIOSE
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Playing marble : AGATE
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Put off, as a motion : TABLE
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Not achieved : UNWON
57
Shake up : JAR
58
Pothook shape : ESS
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Sorority letter : CHI
60
Fraternity party staple : KEG
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Derisive cry : YAH

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

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