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New York Times Feb 02 2011

'After the maid cleans out the ___ ___ going to polish the fireplace doors' ASHESSHES
'At the organic market, the price of ___ ___ from moderate to ridiculous' ORANGESRANGES
'Hey there!' PSST
'The note accompanying the ___ ___ that all money should go to charity' ESTATESSTATES
'The reporter heard the New York ___ ___ his coach' ISLANDERSLANDER
'The teacher found that ___ ___-a-longs helped her pupils remember their ABCs' USINGSING
'___ Nacht' (Christmas carol) STILLE
'___ that cute?!' ISNT
'___ to you!' HERES
15-Across and allies: Abbr. REPS
Accept a contract SIGN
Alone, on the stage SOLA
Asian nanny AMAH
Blind component SLAT
Bobblehead movement NOD
Caste member ANT
Center of Good & Plenty candy LICORICE
Class with many functions: Abbr. ALG
Club for knights MACE
Doffs one's lid UNHATS
End of the line, say: Abbr. STA
Evaluate ASSESS
Feeling down BLUE
Fight with TILTAT
Flap one's gums GAB
Glue brand ELMERS
Graybearded sort SAGE
Houston-to-Chicago dir. NNE
Hwys. RTES
John, to Paul, George or Ringo LOO
Kentucky senator Paul RAND
Lascivious lookers OGLERS
Latin 101 verb ESSE
Lith. and Lat., once SSRS
Long-legged waders EGRETS
Members of the 22-Across DRS
Old Dungeons & Dragons co. TSR
One-quarter of 'Whose woods these are I think I know' IAMB
Org. for 9-Down AMA
Part of a two-piece suit? BRA
Penny collector JAR
Plant swelling EDEMA
Relax REST
Remain LAST
Response to a general question? NOSIR
Rocky ridge ARETE
Rode the pine SAT
See 47-Down DROP
Self-promoter EGOIST
Some muscle cars GTS
Sorority letters TAUS
Sounds from barracks, maybe SNORES
Start of an old Army recruiting line BEALL
Sticks (out) JUTS
Stirring time? SUNRISE
Suffix with magnet ITE
Suffix with magnet ISM
Take ___ (lose one) AHIT
Tennis player, at times LOBBER
Tex-Mex fare TACO
Tiger, e.g., informally ALER
Turns over, as an engine STARTS
Weekly NBC staple, for short SNL
Welcoming customers OPEN
Went over again REHASHED
Whizzed SPED
With 9-Across, post office mail slot ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme LETTER
Young salmon SMOLTS
Zombies might be on it BARTAB
___ Anderson, Super Bowl XXV M.V.P. OTTIS
___ Cruces LAS
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