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Patrick Blindauer
Patrick Blindauer

NY Times, Sun, Feb 24, 2008  DIAGRAMLESS

Author:
Patrick Blindauer
Editor:
Will Shortz
Rows: 17, Columns: 17, Words: 82, Blocks: 84, Across Lite
Notepad: This diagramless is 17 squares wide by 17 squares deep and has an asymmetrical pattern suggested by the puzzle’s theme. The first square across is the seventh square in the first row.
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© 2008, The New York Times
Across
1
Panorama : VISTA
6
A caddy may hold them : PENCILS
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Frozen treat first made by hand in 1866 : BREYERSICECREAM
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Poor Richard's Almanack item : PROVERB
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Smooth operator : CHARMER
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Adds punch to, as punch : LACES
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Flue residue : ASH
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John known as the Teflon Don : GOTTI
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Squids' squirts : INKS
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Certain marsupials, briefly : POSSUMS
29
Table scraps : ORTS
30
Name in a brand that rivals 8-Across : EDY
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Banal : HACKNEYED
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Sierra Nevada, for one : ALE
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St.-Tropez locale : RIVIERA
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Buff runner? : STREAKER
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Online newsgroup features : FAQS
39
Sitarist Shankar : RAVI
40
Regular : HABITUE
43
Quintessence : EPITOME
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A Gershwin : IRA
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Thor who wrote "Kon-Tiki" : HEYERDAHL
52
Setting for many a joke : BAR
53
Hurdler's assignment : LANE
55
Simple tops : TSHIRTS
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Astronomically large distance: Abbr. : LTYR
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Sporty Ford : TBIRD
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Dangerous job : SPY
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"Nifty!" : NEATO
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The Pleiades, e.g. : SISTERS
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Nugatory : TRIVIAL
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The Magic City of the Plains : CHEYENNEWYOMING
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Rigging rope : LANYARD
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Actress Davis : GEENA
Down
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Action word : VERB
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___ and outs : INS
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Biol. or chem. : SCI
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The first X in X-X-X : TIC
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Baldwin of "30 Rock" : ALEC
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According to : PER
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P.T.A. place: Abbr. : SCH
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Women's soccer star Chastain : BRANDI
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1990 Stallone sequel : ROCKYV
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Late times, in ads : EVES
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Da or ja : YES
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Piano piece : RAG
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Ending with switch : EROO
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Ground transportation option : AMTRAK
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Gumption : METTLE
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___ set (hardware store offering) : PLIER
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Stair part : RISER
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Set, as a price : ASK
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Nine-digit ID : SSN
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Tones : HUES
25
Floor of wooden strips : PARQUET
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Dramatist Sean and others : OCASEYS
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"I'll get this one" : MYTREAT
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Celestial beings : SERAPHS
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Shrubland : HEATH
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Prince of Darkness : DEVIL
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"___ Ruled the World" (1996 hip-hop hit) : IFI
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River isle : AIT
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Sword handles : HILTS
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Like some numerals : ARABIC
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Cast out : BANISH
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Procure : OBTAIN
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Appliance giant : MAYTAG
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Actor Flynn : ERROL
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Sounds of doubt : EHS
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Spot to mend : RIP
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Dehydrated : DRY
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Folies-Bergère designer : ERTE
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___ Strauss : LEVI
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Susan of "L.A. Law" : DEY
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Game with matchsticks : NIM
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Islam, e.g.: Abbr. : REL
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Holdup cause : SNAG
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Banks of "America's Next Top Model" : TYRA
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Cone's counterpart : ROD
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Wichita-to-Minneapolis dir. : NNE
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Observer that's found in 8-, 31-, 48- and 66-Across : EYE
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Not ruddy : WAN
Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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