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SEX CHANGE OPERATIONS

New York Times, Sunday, September 22, 2002

Author:
Alan Arbesfeld
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alan Arbesfeld

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 76 Missing: {QVZ} This is puzzle # 40 for Mr. Arbesfeld. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2002, The New York TimesNo. 0922 ( 19,311 )
Across
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Player of old tunes : HIFI
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Kind of wool : LAMBS
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Grassy plain : CAMPO
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Syndicate V.I.P. : CAPO
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Scene of 1914 fighting : YSER
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Place to learn anglais : ECOLE
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Constellation next to Taurus : ORION
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As easy as falling off ___ : ALOG
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Prefix with physical : META
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Solzhenitsyn novel setting : GULAG
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Money for a babysitter? : MINDERSFEE
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One enamored of early Europeans? : NEANDERTHALFAN
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___ noodles (Chinese dish) : SESAME
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Climbing plant : LIANA
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Writer Rand : AYN
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Crimson rival : ELI
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Chicken : COWARD
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Med. choices : HMOS
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Robinson Crusoe, e.g. : ISLANDER
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In agreement : ATONE
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Sandbox pile? : MOUNTAINOFYOUTH
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Homily: Abbr. : SER
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Intimidate : DAUNT
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Tiny swarmer : GNAT
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Common female middle name : MAE
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Pride : lion :: gang : ___ : ELK
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Manhattan Project skeptic's motto? : FISSIONIMPOSSIBLE
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___ Miss : OLE
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Do some high-tech surgery : LASE
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Rat-___ : ATAT
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It may be cocked : HAT
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Sign on many lawns : FORSALE
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Cronus or Oceanus : TITAN
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Giants Stadium spectator, maybe : JETSFAN
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Plastic ___ Band : ONO
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River to Donegal Bay : ERNE
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See 80-Across : ROBB
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Turkish title : AGA
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Words from a long-suffering orthopedic patient? : THANKGODITSMRIDAY
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With 72-Across, former Va. official : SEN
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Kind of bran : OAT
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Provider of coded instructions : GENE
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"Zip your lip!" : CANIT
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Small songbird : TIT
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Greek goddess with a great deal of patience? : SLOWBURNINGMUSE
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Orderly fliers : GEESE
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Anna Karenina and others : HEROINES
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Car bar : AXLE
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Wake-up calls : ALARMS
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Washington and McKinley: Abbr. : MTS
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"Fresh Air" airer : NPR
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Sound at a soda fountain : SLURP
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Cocaine, for one : OPIATE
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Slow computer download? : FOURMINUTEFILE
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Acceleration forces of Russian aircraft? : MIGNEWTONS
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Author Brookner : ANITA
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Spring : LEAP
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Park ranger's study: Abbr. : ECOL
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Writer ___ Maria Remarque : ERICH
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Motherly start : MATRI
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Trouble spots for teens : ACNE
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Hardly : NARY
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Chicago's Richard ___ Center : DALEY
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Proximate to, to poets : ANEAR
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Cutesy-poo dog : PEKE
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It may precede a 48-Across : HYMN
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Clairvoyant's opener : ISEE
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One doing amniocentesis? : FETALWORKER
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Qom native : IRANIAN
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See 6-Down : LEGEND
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With 5-Down, auto debut of 1986 : ACURA
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Shed : MOLT
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Nondescript : BLAH
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Arcade name : SEGA
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Snug : COMFY
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Sect follower? : ARIAN
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Voyageurs Natl. Park locale : MINN
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Minivehicle : POD
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Something it's good to be : ONESELF
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Card-matching game: Var. : CASSINO
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Popular sports car, informally : ALFA
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Lay : POEM
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Molding with a curved profile : OGEE
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Communications satellite, basically : RELAY
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Certain bet : DARE
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Go on : LAST
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Words in many a Perry Mason title : CASEOF
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Verdi opera : OTELLO
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Put up : HOUSE
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Bond type, briefly : MUNI
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Aware of : ONTO
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Unsuitable : INAPT
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Explorer Hernando de ___ : SOTO
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One way to be struck : DUMB
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List ender : ETAL
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First president of Korea : RHEE
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Pool shot : MASSE
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Unease : AGITA
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Hero of the 1997 best seller "Cold Mountain" : INMAN
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Kind of box : DIALOG
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Meat cut : FLANK
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Rear end, in anatomy : NATES
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Month before Adar : SHEBAT
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Watched and did nothing : SATBY
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"___ Too Late" (King hit) : ITS
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Young fellow : SON
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Singer Lopez : TRINI
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One ___ (poor odds) : INTEN
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Actress Foster : JODIE
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Work that's played allegro? : FASTERPIECE
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Certain discrimination : AGEISM
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Birthplace of Jules Verne : NANTES
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Delightful places : EDENS
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Dentist's order : RINSE
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Reggae pioneer Peter : TOSH
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In good shape : HALE
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Suffix with decor : ATOR
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Beast : OGRE
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Year George V took the throne : MCMX
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Actor Julia : RAUL
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Feminine : WOMANLY
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Polite word to a Fräulein : BITTE
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Not yet attached, in a way : UNSEWED
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"Tootsie" co-star : GARR
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Mucilage : GLUE
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Cold weather protector : EARFLAP
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Star in the Summer Triangle : ALTAIR
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Present occasion : NONCE
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Aggressive : PUSHY
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Kama ___ : SUTRA
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Black cat, to some : OMEN
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Type type : PICA
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Hunchback of film horror : IGOR
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Frustrate : FOIL
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Early 50's TV comedy : MAMA
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___ uproar : INAN
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When the stars come out, in ads : NITE
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Hardly portly : LANK
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One-on-one sport : EPEE
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Refrain part : TRA

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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