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New York Times, Sunday, January 23, 2011

Author:
Chris A. McGlothlin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Chris A. McGlothlin

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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 148, Blocks: 89 Missing: none – this is a pangram. Scrabble average: 1.72 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. McGlothlin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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Yo, she was Adrian : TALIA
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*Insulation measure : RVALUE
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*Weapon first tested in '52 : HBOMB
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*Gasket type : ORING
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Bedridden, say : AILING
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Debilitates : IMPAIRS
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They're found in año after año : TILDES
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Oscar snubber of 1972 : BRANDO
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Frequently pierced place : NOSTRIL
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*The Boss's backers : ESTREETBAND
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It may go off the road, briefly : ATV
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*Setting for "Saving Private Ryan" : DDAY
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Taxco table : MESA
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Winds : COILS
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Nanki-___ of "The Mikado" : POO
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*Touch, e.g. : IPOD
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*Ace ___ Stories (old detective pulp magazine) : GMAN
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Swindle, slangily : BURN
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One of the Blues Brothers : ELWOOD
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N N N : NUS
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N N N : ENS
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Stocks up : AMASSES
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Slant : ANGLE
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Shelled : SHOTAT
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*Typography symbol : MDASH
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Pilot's milieu : SKY
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Darn : SEW
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Workplace for a cabin boy : YACHT
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Payment type : LUMPSUM
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Hot times on the Riviera : ETES
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12-Across and the like : NUKES
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Tag sale tag : ASIS
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Opposite of guerra : PAZ
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___ Mode, female character in "The Incredibles" : EDNA
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___ Kadiddlehopper, Red Skelton character : CLEM
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*It may be under a hood : VSIX
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The third one is a shocker : RAIL
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Barks : ARFS
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Numerical prefix : DECA
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One carrying a toon? : CEL
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The year 640 : DCXL
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"Give it ___!" : AREST
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Honoree's place : DAIS
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Toyota S.U.V. : SEQUOIA
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Small : PETTY
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.___ : COM
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*4x platinum album of 2001 : JLO
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Maurice of Nixon's cabinet : STANS
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King protector : BISHOP
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Bottle in the kitchen or bath : DRANO
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Whence the word "safari" : SWAHILI
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Coach Parseghian : ARA
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Going ___ : APE
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Numbers by a door? : CAROLS
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*'Vette option : TTOP
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Actress Sofer : RENA
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Light bulb over one's tête? : IDEE
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"Awesome!" : WOW
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Shelter org. : ASPCA
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Skewer : SPIT
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*Beam with a bend : LBAR
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Skeletal opening? : EXO
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*Women just don't get it : YCHROMOSOME
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Former Pakistani P.M. Bhutto : BENAZIR
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Spanish pastry : CHURRO
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Last-second bidder on eBay : SNIPER
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Marathoner's need : STAMINA
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Mountain homes : AERIES
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*House coverer : CSPAN
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Like a turkey's wattle : SAGGY
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*One of Sean Combs's aliases : PDIDDY
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Steak ___ : DIANE
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"___, fair sun, and kill the envious moon": Romeo : ARISE
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Melodious speaking tones : LILTS
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Cross-dressing : INDRAG
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Author who won a posthumous Pulitzer in 1958 : AGEE
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Bar mitzvah party : RABBI
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Spreading fast on YouTube : VIRAL
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Country singer Jackson and others : ALANS
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Jenny ___ a k a the Swedish Nightingale : LIND
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Grand Forks sch. : UND
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___ trip : EGO
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Pointer : HINT
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*"Plan 9 From Outer Space," e.g. : BMOVIE
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Saturn's spouse : OPS
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Flatten, in a way : MATDOWN
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Pointers : BIRDDOGS
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Inlet : RIA
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Like some winks : SLY
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Trig ratio : SECANT
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Bunches : TONS
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*Tops : AONE
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Exercise one is prone to do : PUSHUP
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Places where some R.N.'s work : ORS
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Took the part of : PLAYED
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Deli array : MEATS
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Sting's instrument : BASS
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Repeated cry in Buster Poindexter's "Hot Hot Hot" : OLE
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___ point : DEW
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*Group with the 2000 #1 hit "It's Gonna Be Me" : NSYNC
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*Thing that won't go off without a hitch? : UHAUL
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Hit : SOCKED
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Mingles (with) : ADMIXES
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They may have keys : MAPS
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Scranton-to-Philadelphia dir. : SSE
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Like some amusement parks : THEMED
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Shakespeare's "food of love" : MUSIC
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*"As Seen on TV" company : KTEL
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Vegas opening? : LAS
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1909 Physics Nobelist for work in wireless telegraphy : MARCONI
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Some drum parts : SNARES
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*3-D graph line : ZAXIS
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The Queen of Soul, familiarly : ARETHA
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Colorado ski area : VAIL
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Dockworker's org. : ILA
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*It helps one get the picture : FSTOP
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*Midsize Jaguar : STYPE
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Coax : CAJOLE
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Harry Shearer's program on public radio : LESHOW
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Kind of income : DUAL
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Beelike : APIAN
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Call letters? : SOS
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*Little swab : QTIP
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Govt. flu-fighting org. : CDC
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Mouths : ORA
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___ Trench (earth's deepest depression) : MARIANAS
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Bluegills : BREAMS
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Obama nickname : NODRAMA
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*I.R.S. form : WTWO
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From ___ Z (how this puzzle goes?) : ATO
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Oil company acronym : ARCO
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Grasping : SEEING
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Town in Umbria : ASSISI
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Nose-burning : ACRID
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Bit : SHRED
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Lackluster : PROSY
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Old man : POPPA
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"Um ... er ..." : IMEAN
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Lead/tin alloy : TERNE
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Dumbbell abbr. : LBS
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Call, e.g. : BET
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*Revealing photo : XRAY
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Doctor Zhivago : YURI
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How many oldies get rereleased : ONCD
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Not go straight : ZIG
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Limit : CAP
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"If only ___ listened ..." : HED

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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