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NY Times, Sun, Dec 14, 2008 DIAGRAMLESS

Author:
Thomas Takaro
Editor:
Will Shortz
Rows: 17, Columns: 17, Words: 61, Blocks: 113, Across Lite
Notepad: This diagramless is 17 squares wide by 17 squares deep and has top/bottom symmetry. The first square across is the sixth square in the first row.
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© 2008, The New York Times
Across
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Astronaut's place : CAPSULE
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Concerning : WITHRESPECTTO
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Much-sung-about gift in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" : THREEFRENCHHENS
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Believers : THEISTS
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Stingers : HORNETS
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Seize (from) : WREST
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Consume heartily : EATUP
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Creepy things? : OOZES
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Ivory's partner : EBONY
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Gets it : SEES
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Dead, as a twig : SAPLESS
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Like a friend indeed, it's said : INNEED
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Manicured, as a lawn : MOWN
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Former European currency : FRANCS
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Instrument of angels : HARP
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Auditions : TRYOUTS
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Autumn color : OCHER
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Sphere of influence : ORBIT
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Words before a name on a check : PAYTO
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Designer Miuccia : PRADA
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Pip's love in "Great Expectations" : ESTELLA
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More precipitous : SHEERER
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Event in a tent : THREERINGCIRCUS
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Billiards great a k a Rudolf Wanderone : MINNESOTAFATS
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Mozart rival : SALIERI
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Guitarist Atkins : CHET
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Sounds in pounds : ARFS
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The "p" in r.p.m. : PER
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Opposite of NNW : SSE
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Former WB rival : UPN
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Nobelist Walesa : LECH
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Come again? : ECHO
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Asthmatic's sound : WHEEZE
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Van Gogh subject : IRISES
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Trials : TESTS
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Brecht/Weill work, with "The" : THREEPENNYOPERA
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Sound : TENABLE
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Like horses' feet : ONETOED
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Spasm : THROE
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Knocks the socks off : STUNS
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Terrible years? : TWOS
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1974 C.I.A. spoof : SPYS
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Pig's sound : SNORT
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President Sadat : ANWAR
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Worldwide lending org. : IMF
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"Yes" : CORRECT
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Foresters and Outbacks : SUBARUS
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It springs eternal : HOPE
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With ___ of thousands : ACAST
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Blues partner : RHYTHM
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Czar known as "the Great" : PETERI
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Periodic highs and lows : TIDES
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Hollywood A-lister : STAR
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Scott ___, seven-time Gold Glove winner : ROLEN
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Projector part : LENS
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Bailiwick : AREA
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Result of a wound : SCAR
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Bygone music player : HIFI
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Geog. feature : ISL
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"___ don't!" : NOI
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It merged with Bell Atlantic to form Verizon : GTE
Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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