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New York Times, Monday, September 20, 2010

Author:
Bernice Gordon
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bernice Gordon

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 142 for Ms. Gordon. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

Bernice Gordon constructed this crossword at the age of 96. That sets a new record for oldest NYT constructor. The previous record holder? Bernice Gordon, last year, at a mere age 95. Her first NYT puzzle was in 1952.

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Across
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Plunge : DROP
5
More dishonorable : BASER
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"What ___!" ("That was fun!") : AGAS
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"I loved, loved, loved that!" review : RAVE
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Capital of Ghana : ACCRA
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Fitzgerald who sang "A-Tisket A-Tasket" : ELLA
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"Designing Women" actress is intelligent? : JEANSSMART
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Bridle part : REIN
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"Excuse me ..." : AHEM
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Husband-to-be : FIANCE
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Little pooches : DOGGIES
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Person producing Bordeaux or Beaujolais : VINTNER
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What a gofer is sent on : ERRAND
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Takes little steps : MINCES
30
Jumped : LEAPT
31
Willy with a chocolate factory : WONKA
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The Windy City, for short : CHI
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Viva ___ : VOCE
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Does some mending : DARNS
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Pleased : GLAD
38
Suffix with Siam : ESE
39
Daring : GUTSY
40
Roger who played 007 : MOORE
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Batter's position : STANCE
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It might produce a snore in Sonora : SIESTA
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Capital of Suffolk, England : IPSWICH
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Hold : POSSESS
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Saying "Please" and "How do you do?," say : POLITE
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Tense : TAUT
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Chief Norse god : ODIN
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"Blondie" cartoonist is not old? : CHICSYOUNG
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Chop up : DICE
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Anouk of le cinéma : AIMEE
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Mongols' home : ASIA
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Fifth Avenue landmark : SAKS
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Lords and ladies : PEERS
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Retained : KEPT
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Nickname of a 6'7" former basketball great : DRJ
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"Norma ___" : RAE
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Eggs : OVA
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Cross or Parker : PEN
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Clobbered : BASHED
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Topmost points : ACMES
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Many an e-mail "click here" offer : SCAM
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Go astray : ERR
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Squealers : RATFINKS
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Infuse with carbon dioxide : AERATE
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"Fatal Attraction" actress is nearby? : GLENNSCLOSE
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Girl who went through a looking glass : ALICE
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Less addled : SANER
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Superdome player : SAINT
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Machu Picchu resident : INCA
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Look (into) : DELVE
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Cookies in a box lunch : OREOS
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"White Rabbit" singer is smooth? : GRACESSLICK
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Open the mouth wide : GAPE
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"My cousin" in a 1992 film : VINNY
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Man with a code : MORSE
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Keep an eye on : WATCH
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Mates for does : HARTS
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Notions : IDEAS
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Corner sitter's headwear : DUNCECAP
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"Anything ___" : GOES
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Trot or canter : GAIT
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Like eyes when you're getting nostalgic, maybe : MISTY
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Twists and turns, as a tendril : TWINES
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Drunkards : SOUSES
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Products for music downloads : IPODS
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Speakers' places : PODIA
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Nervous person in a hospital waiting room, perhaps : PACER
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Use a stop clock on : TIME
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Hurry : HIE
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"Mighty" fine home for a squirrel? : OAK
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"What's the ___?" : USE
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Tuck's partner : NIP
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Gangster's gun : GAT

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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