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CLUED IN

New York Times, Sunday, January 5, 2014

Author:
Alan DerKazarian
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alan DerKazarian

This puzzle:

Rows: 23, Columns: 23 Words: 160, Blocks: 106 Missing: {JQ} Grid is asymmetric. This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. DerKazarian. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0105 ( 23,434 )
Across
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The "who" of a Clue accusation, whose identity is hinted at by the three shaded answers in this quadrant : SUSPECT
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"Most ___" ("For sure") : DEF
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The "where" of a Clue accusation, whose identity is hinted at by the three shaded answers in this quadrant : ROOM
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Not skilled in : POORAT
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What you can bring up, in a phrase : THEREAR
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Photo lab abbr. : ENL
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"M*A*S*H" star : ALDA
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Midwest capital : TOPEKA
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George's mother on "Seinfeld" : ESTELLE
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Luau dish : POI
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Part of Caesar's boast : VIDI
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Thrown out of the country : EXILED
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Got logged off, in a way : TIMEDOUT
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Textile tool : EVENER
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"The Lion King" queen : NALA
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Blows one's mind : AMAZES
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Ain't right? : ISNT
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Southern terminus of I-35 : LAREDOTEXAS
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Pyrexia : FEVER
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Unfrost : DEICE
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Old Tokyo : EDO
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Go pfft : FAIL
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Varsity award : LETTER
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Early Coleco hand-held game : ALIENATTACK
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The Palins, e.g. : ALASKANS
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Musical notation : REST
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___ bleu : CORDON
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Tad : BIT
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Motor coach : AUTOBUS
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To boot : ATTHAT
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Lay off : IDLE
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MGM symbol : LEO
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Orbit competitor : TRIDENT
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Bloody Mary stirrer : CELERY
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Others, to Ovid : ALIA
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Make a boner : ERR
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Colorful bird : TANAGER
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"Bam!" man : EMERIL
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Advance : LEND
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The "what" of a Clue accusation, whose identity is hinted at by the three shaded answers in this quadrant : WEAPON
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Saturnalia : ORGY
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Thing in doubt? : SILENTB
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Conned : HAD
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Wrestling star Lou : ALBANO
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Opening for a dermatologist? : PORE
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Running wild : ONATEAR
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Jungian complex : EGO
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Bordeaux wine : CLARET
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Some Ivy Leaguers : ELIS
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Start of the accusation : MISSSCARLET
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Untouched? : SANE
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___ girl : VALLEY
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Firm group: Abbr. : ATTYS
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Tennis's Petrova : NADIA
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Like some football teams : DEFENSIVE
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Fringe : EDGING
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___-Cat : SNO
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Makeshift ballot box : URN
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Classic gaming inits. : NES
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Middle of the accusation : INTHELOUNGE
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Expressing : CONVEYING
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Feature of a baseball shutout : NORUNS
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Sainted archbishop of Canterbury who founded Scholasticism : ANSELM
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Phone abbr. : OPER
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Friend of Franco : AMIGO
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What Lou Gehrig played : FIRST
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1939 Garland co-star : LAHR
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Home-body? : UMPIRE
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End of the accusation : WITHTHEROPE
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Author Kingsley or Martin : AMIS
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Actor Richard : CRENNA
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"So that's ___?" : ANO
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1990s-2000s Volkswagen vehicle : EUROVAN
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2010 film "___ Men" : REPO
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Greeted the villain : HISSED
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Want : YEN
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Director Mack of early slapstick : SENNETT
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Fixed : SET
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Ballpark fare : PRETZELS
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More elusive : EELIER
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Appeases : CALMS
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Coat rack : TREE
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A.T.M. offering : DEPOSIT
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Formally declare : ENOUNCE
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Move like a butterfly : FLITTER
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Become entwined : RAVEL
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Tony the Twin : OLIVA
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More anomalous : ODDER
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Its seal has an anchor and a moose : MAINE
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Prehistoric menace : PTERODACTYL
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Noughts-and-crosses loser : OOX
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Have a thought : OPINE
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"Cool it!" : RELAX
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Cub Scouts leader : AKELA
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Cries of pride : TADAS
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It may contain aspartame : DIETSODA
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Starting point? : EDEN
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Genial : AFFABLE
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An ace is a good one : AVIATOR
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Completely, after "in" : TOTO
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Major part of a tooth : DENTIN
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Bush who wrote "Spoken From the Heart" : LAURA
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___ to the finish : ARACE
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"I don't care what they do" : LETEM
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Basket fiber : ISTLE
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It's a knockout : ETHER
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Ordeal : TRIAL
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Confound : ADDLE
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Farrell or Firth : COLIN
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Work, as clay : KNEAD
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Actor William : KATT
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Entreat : BEG
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French article : UNE
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Bering ___: Abbr. : STR
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Mr. Onassis : ARI
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W.W. II group : WACS
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"___ Enchanted" : ELLA
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Captain's last order : ABANDONSHIP
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"Gay" city : PAREE
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Pepsi brand : ONE
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Hardly at all : NOTVERYMUCH
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Some German cars : OPELS
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Cartoony clubs : ROLLINGPINS
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React to a loss : GRIEVE
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"Uh-huh, definitely" : YESYES
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"Brave New World" drug : SOMA
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Part of U.S.: Abbr. : INIT
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Endure : LAST
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E-commerce site : ETSY
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Crime buster Eliot : NESS
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Tic ___ (candy) : TAC
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Antony's player in "Julius Caesar," 1953 : BRANDO
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Repressed : HELDIN
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Inevitability of life : AGEING
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Result of 91-Down, maybe : DOTAGE
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Sauce brand : RAGU
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Years abroad : ANNI
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Coke, for one : FUEL
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High rails : ELS
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Having no direction, in math : SCALAR
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Generic : NONAME
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Sort of : INAWAY
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In ___ Patris (prayer words) : NOMINE
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King in "The Little Mermaid" : TRITON
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Grant for filmmaking? : HUGH
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Cybermemos : ENOTES
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Recto's flip side : VERSO
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Slangy denials : NOPES
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Coastal raptor : ERNE
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Scanned : READ
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Bit of office greenery : FERN
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Unyielding : IRON
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Go all over : ROVE
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Tiff : SPAT
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Backpack item : TENT
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Dr.'s order : MRI
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Cry's partner : HUE

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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