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New York Times, Monday, September 23, 2002

Author:
Peter Gordon
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Gordon

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QW} This is puzzle # 91 for Mr. Gordon. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2002, The New York TimesNo. 0923 ( 19,312 )
Across
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Actor Guinness : ALEC
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Frolics : ROMPS
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Beatles song or movie : HELP
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Opera star : DIVA
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Foreword, for short : INTRO
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Tarzan's raisers : APES
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Tied : EVENSTEVEN
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New Jersey hoopsters : NETS
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Big name in chickens : PERDUE
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Most forlorn : SADDEST
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Check for fit, as clothes : TRYON
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Off the correct path : ASTRAY
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Winemaker Ernest or Julio : GALLO
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Corn : MAIZE
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Inclined path for wheelchairs : RAMP
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Dictator Amin : IDI
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___ bender (minor accident) : FENDER
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Disney's "___ and the Detectives" : EMIL
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"First Blood" character : RAMBO
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Give a hand? : DEAL
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Starbucks orders : DECAFS
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Peanut butter holder : JAR
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Ivy League school : YALE
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Escargot : SNAIL
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Recording studio devices : MIKES
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Generic : NONAME
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NBC morning show : TODAY
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"Les Misérables" hero : VALJEAN
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City on the Rio Grande : LAREDO
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Opera song : ARIA
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Clownish one : SILLYBILLY
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Inert element used in lights : NEON
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Extraterrestrial : ALIEN
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Columbus's home : OHIO
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Not out of one's mind : SANE
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Lab glove material : LATEX
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Penpoints : NIBS
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Very skilled : ADEPT
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Paté ingredient : LIVER
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"___ man for himself" : EVERY
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Enthusiastic, as an attitude : CANDO
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Religious ceremony : RITE
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Early afternoon : ONE
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Network with annual awards : MTV
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Magician's word : PRESTO
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Submarine detector : SONAR
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Repairman : HANDYANDY
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Fencing sword : EPEE
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Response to "Shall we?" : LETS
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Cousin of "ahem" : PSST
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Belted out, as a tune : SUNG
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Honored woman : DAME
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Emmy-winner Alan : ALDA
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Brand of beef jerky : SLIMJIM
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Broadcasts : AIRS
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Brainstorm : IDEA
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Eagerness : ZEAL
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Writer ___ Stanley Gardner : ERLE
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Many wines : REDS
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End of a prayer : AMEN
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Translucent mineral : MICA
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Hardly a beauty : PLAINJANE
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Duffer's cry : FORE
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Make a cake, e.g. : BAKE
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Ice sheet : FLOE
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Capital of the Philippines : MANILA
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Pierce : STAB
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Like a whiny voice : NASAL
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Hunter of Greek myth : ORION
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New ___, India : DELHI
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Improvise : ADLIB
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Duncan toys : YOYOS
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Some car-pooling vehicles : VANS
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Carpet buyer's calculation : AREA
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Animal on England's shield : LION
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Short-tailed wildcat : LYNX
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Turned on : LIT
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Civil War general : LEE

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

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