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New York Times, Saturday, October 18, 2008

2006 Grammy-winning blues singer ___ Thomas

Author:
Brad Wilber
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Brad Wilber

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 24 Missing: {QVW} Spans: 4, (2 double stacks) This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Wilber.
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© 2008, The New York Times10/18/08 ( No. 21,529 )
Across
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Like Delftware : CERAMIC
8
Robert B. Parker's private eye : SPENSER
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Court slam dunk : OPENANDSHUTCASE
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Seriously deteriorate : GOTORACKANDRUIN
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Projects : EXUDES
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Rubs the wrong way : IRKS
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Gathered dust : SAT
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Rewards for good dives : NINES
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It's in the cards : TREY
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"The Right Stuff" subj. : NASA
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Stucco ingredients? : CEES
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Dotty : BATS
26
Precursor of Pascal : ALGOL
27
Things to rush for: Abbr. : YDS
28
It builds up in bars : SILT
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Designing women : SIRENS
30
Use a metal detector, maybe : BEACHCOMB
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Bolts : SCRAMS
35
Sound system parts? : EARS
36
Baseball positions: Abbr. : CFS
39
Wolf who wrote "The Beauty Myth" : NAOMI
40
Life-or-death : DIRE
41
Fashion : SORT
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2006 Grammy-winning blues singer ___ Thomas : IRMA
43
Fall shade : RUST
44
See 46-Across : ATSEA
45
Sch. figure : GPA
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With 44-Across, 1940 Laurel and Hardy film : SAPS
47
Chemical relative : ISOMER
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Writing that mixes reportage and fiction : GONZOJOURNALISM
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It's not a total knockout : LOCALANESTHESIA
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Writer of pieces in passing? : ELEGIST
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Wagner opera title role : TRISTAN
Down
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Persuasiveness : COGENCY
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Glued, in a way : EPOXIED
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Makes grand adjustments? : RETUNES
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Magnetron parts : ANODES
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Some nags : MARES
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Much may come after it : INAS
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Quarantining org. : CDC
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Corporation allocation : SHARES
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Very slow-burning, as a fire : PUNKY
10
Waiting area announcements, briefly : ETDS
11
Big A.T.M. maker : NCR
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It may be chain-linked : SAUSAGE
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Star QB for the 1980s-'90s Bengals : ESIASON
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Many tuxes : RENTALS
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Equivocate : SKIRTTHEISSUE
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Creator of a bathroom cloud : TALC
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Collective bargaining watchdog org. : NLRB
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Pollster's concern : BIAS
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Points : AIMS
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Important match : SEMI
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Irritated : SORE
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Southeastern Conference team, for short : BAMA
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Online shopping icon : CART
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Fish by thrusting a baited hook into holes : SNIGGLE
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Auto-rotating system : CARPOOL
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Bookstore section : ROMANCE
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Philosophical studier of the universe : COSMIST
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Cousin of a crocus : FREESIA
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DC Comics superhero : STARMAN
40
Spandex source : DUPONT
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Choir robe accessories : STOLES
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Asian nobles : RAJAS
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Brew from Tokyo : ASAHI
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Star turns : SOLI
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Preface: Abbr. : INTR
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Turn back : ZAG
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Letter run : RST

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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