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Mike Nothnagel
Mike Nothnagel

NY Times, Sun, Dec 27, 2009 DIAGRAMLESS

Author:
Mike Nothnagel
Editor:
Will Shortz
Rows: 17, Columns: 17, Words: 86, Blocks: 76, Across Lite
Notepad: This diagramless is 17 squares wide by 17 squares deep and has regular crossword symmetry. The first square across is the 4th box in the first row.
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© 2009, The New York Times
Across
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Sword handle : HILT
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"Concentrate!" : FOCUS
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Take to the altar : WED
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I.B.M. and AT&T: Abbr. : COS
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*Austin or Boston : STATECAPITAL
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Box on a spreadsheet : CELL
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Broadway lyricist Richard : MALTBY
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"Bye-bye!" : SEEYA
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Opera featuring Amneris and Radames : AIDA
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Cop ___ : APLEA
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*Female Clue suspect : MISSSCARLET
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If nothing goes wrong : ATBEST
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"Be young, have fun, drink ___" (1990s ad slogan) : PEPSI
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Farm sound : BAA
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Old what's-___-name : HIS
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Hurry : HASTEN
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Societal woes : ILLS
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Second-stringers : BTEAM
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Good advisers : SAGES
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Bar tab, e.g. : DEBT
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*Unsuitable behavior : BADFORM
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Brand of nonstick cookware : TFAL
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Far-out place to live? : EXURB
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"___ to you!" : ITSUP
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Coupon word : SAVE
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Opponent of Chiang Kai-shek : MAOIST
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"___ Trois Mousquetaires" : LES
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Partner of improved : NEW
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"She Bop" singer Lauper : CYNDI
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Botanist Mendel : GREGOR
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*"Give the audience all you've got!" : KNOCKEMDEAD
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"Dancers in Pink" artist : DEGAS
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Star's blowup : NOVA
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In the company of : AMONG
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First Stuart king : JAMESI
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Marvin Gaye's "Can ___ a Witness" : IGET
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Desk item ... or the end of the answer to each of the six starred clues? : LETTEROPENER
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Rocky peak : TOR
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Hi-___ monitor : RES
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Home sweet home : ABODE
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Catch sight of : ESPY
Down
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Throat-soothing beverage : HOTTEA
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Means of giving the body a rapid cool-down : ICEBATH
3
"Peanuts" girl : LUCY
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Airport uniform abbr. : TSA
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Autumn : FALL
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Actress Dianne : WIEST
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Seasons when écoles aren't in session : ETES
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Retreat for a pampering : DAYSPA
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*Overhead air circulator : CEILINGFAN
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Shoppe description : OLDE
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Bed support : SLAT
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Little, to a Scot : SMA
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Faucet : TAP
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Omega preceders : PSIS
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They may be tied before a game even starts : LACES
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Travel needs for tots : CARSEATS
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Legendary hostess Perle : MESTA
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In ads they're often measured in sq. ft. : APTS
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Lettuce variety : BIBB
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Wait : BIDE
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"I'll make it a true Daily Double, ___" : ALEX
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*Where a band photo might appear : ALBUMCOVER
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Med. care providers : HMOS
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Nomadic Persian, maybe? : STRAYCAT
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Do some polishing : EDIT
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Rearward : AFT
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Roofer's projected expense? : EAVE
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Offed : SLEW
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Like much notepaper : RULED
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Digital video file format, briefly : MPEG
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Hit on the noggin : BONK
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Faultless : IDEAL
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Direction in a stew recipe : SIMMER
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25-Across, for one : SODAPOP
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Courteous fellows : GENTS
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Craze : RAGE
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Fix : REMEDY
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Like a wool sweater : KNIT
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Off-limits : NOGO
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Shower attention (on) : DOTE
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It can be used to pass things on to your children : GENE
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Enzyme suffix : ASE
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Round Table title : SIR
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Perennial campaign issue : JOBS
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"Norma ___" : RAE
Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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