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New York Times, Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"Take ___" (1994 Madonna hit that was #1 for seven weeks)

Author:
Elizabeth C. Gorski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Elizabeth C. Gorski

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJKQXZ} This is puzzle # 214 for Ms. Gorski.
Elizabeth C. Gorski notes:
While shopping at the supermarket one evening, I was intrigued by a bin of fruit advertised as "Avocado Pears." I'd heard of them ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
Generally I maintain two to 15 months of inventory of crosswords, depending on the day of the week. This puzzle, unusually, was ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Liz gives us the INSIDE DOPE today, four instances of DOPE broken across two words. A 10/11/9/11/10 in a 74-word grid is a tall order. ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times10/1/14 ( No. 23,703 )
Across
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"Take ___" (1994 Madonna hit that was #1 for seven weeks) : ABOW
5
Formal, maybe : PROM
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Formal wear accouterment : STUD
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St. Petersburg's river : NEVA
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"Peanuts" kid with a security blanket : LINUS
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Build muscles, with "up" : TONE
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Genre of Verdi's "Jérusalem" : GRANDOPERA
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Lens holders : RIMS
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"Come in!" : ENTER
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"Fist of Fury" star, 1972 : BRUCELEE
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Chapter 52, formally : LII
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Guacamole base, in British lingo : AVOCADOPEAR
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Making the rounds? : INORBIT
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Yang's go-with : YIN
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Cause of a blowup? : TNT
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Cannes showing : CINE
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Sound from a window ledge : COO
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Do some housekeeping : DUST
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Used a crowbar on, say : PRIEDOPEN
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___ facto : IPSO
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Crime lab sample : DNA
43
Amt. of cooking oil, maybe : TBSP
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Spanish she-bear : OSA
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Face the pitcher : BAT
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Boorish : UNCOUTH
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Robert Redford's "great" 1975 role : WALDOPEPPER
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Vote for : YEA
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Where you might pick fruit while it's still green : LIMETREE
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Palliates : EASES
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Something false in the Bible? : IDOL
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Lowdown ... or a hint to 17-, 24-, 36- and 53-Across : INSIDEDOPE
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Tizzy : SNIT
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"Please, I can do it" : LETME
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Violinist Leopold : AUER
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"Hey, José!" : HOLA
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Tire swing part : ROPE
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Appalachians, e.g.: Abbr. : MTNS
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Good-looking? : ANGELIC
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"Apollo and Daphne" sculptor : BERNINI
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Warm response from a crowd : OVATION
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Decline : WANE
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Gaza grp. : PLO
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Engraved letters? : RIP
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End of an ancient period : ONEBC
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Lexicographer James who was the O.E.D.'s first editor : MURRAY
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___ throat : STREP
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Facilities : TOILETS
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Accidental : UNMEANT
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Much of Arabia : DESERT
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___ Arabia : SAUDI
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In need of some color : DRAB
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Publisher Nast : CONDE
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End of a famous boast : VICI
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Platte Valley native : OTOE
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Workout count : REPS
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Screwy : ODD
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Golden rule preposition : UNTO
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Bomb squad member : ROBOT
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"Movin' ___" : ONUP
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Glazier's unit : PANE
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Words before "... and that's final!" : ISAIDNO
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Soap ingredient : PALMOIL
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Takes over the assets of, as a partner : BUYSOUT
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Make more inclined : STEEPEN
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"Star Trek" weapons : PHASERS
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Studious-looking : OWLISH
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Shower time : APRIL
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Many a Taylor Swift fan : TEENER
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Tribe of the Canadian Plains : CREE
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What a big mouth might have : DELTA
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Basil-flavored sauce : PESTO
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Singer Lambert : ADAM
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Little handful : IMP
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Syllable repeated after "fiddle" : DEE

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