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AHEAD OF THE CURVE

New York Times, Sunday, October 18, 2009

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

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 141, Blocks: 76 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 1 Grid is asymmetric. Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzlemakers This is puzzle # 171 for Ms. Gorski. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2009, The New York TimesNo. 1018 ( 21,894 )
Across
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*"Before the Mirror" : MANET
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Turned off : ALIENATED
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Bête ___ : NOIRE
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Westernmost avenue in Santa Monica, Calif. : OCEAN
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Rewards of a political machine : PATRONAGE
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Schindler of "Schindler's List" : OSKAR
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With 29-Across, holder of the works named in the nine starred clues, celebrating its 50th anniversary on 10/21/09 : THESOLOMONRGUGGENHEIM
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One at risk of excommunication : HERETIC
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California wind : SANTAANA
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Ready-go go-between : SET
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See 23-Across : MUSEUM
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Philharmonic sect. : STR
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45 players : HIFIS
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2000s TV family : SOPRANOS
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Many a school fund-raiser : RAFFLE
46
"What's going ___ there?" : ONIN
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One who works on a grand scale? : PIANOTUNER
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Game in which players subtract from a starting score of 501 : DARTS
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"Big" number in college athletics : TEN
51
Station : POST
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Year Columbus died : MDVI
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Letter-shaped construction pieces : IBARS
54
New Deal inits. : TVA
55
"___ party time!" : ITS
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Legal org. : ABA
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Horse and buggy : RIG
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Needing a massage, say : TENSE
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Be hung over, e.g. : AIL
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Small island : CAY
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Enchant : BEGUILE
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Miff : IRK
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1970s TV production co. : MTM
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Symbols like @ : ATS
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*"Green Violinist" : CHAGALL
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Gazes at : OGLES
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Like a bond you can buy with security? : AAA
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Savor, in a way : SIP
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"Frasier" role : DAPHNE
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Short swim : ONELAP
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V.P. during the Cuban missile crisis : LBJ
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In order (to) : SOAS
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Lo-___ : RES
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"Today" rival, for short : GMA
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Canadian-born hockey great : ORR
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"Eldorado" grp. : ELO
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Perfectly timed : ONCUE
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Like some YouTube videos : VIRAL
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House call? : YEA
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Landlocked European : SERB
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Vintage Tonka toy : SEMITRAILER
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Water swirl : EDDY
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In need of blusher, say : WAN
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*"Composition 8" : KANDINSKY
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Old credit-tracking corp. : TRW
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Clytemnestra, to Agamemnon : SPOUSE
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Light planes : CESSNAS
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*"Peasant With Hoe" : SEURAT
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Subject of the Joni Mitchell song "Amelia" : EARHART
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Jazz standard whose title is repeatedly sung after "Honey ..." : DEEDIDO
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"May I ___ question?" : ASKA
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"Rebel Without a Cause" actress : NATALIEWOOD
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Operatic prince : IGOR
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Grand : THOU
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Controversial form that 43-Down used for 23-/29-Across : SPIRALSHAPE
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Like some traffic : THRU
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Lummoxes : OAFS
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One who gets a lot of return business? : TAXPREPARER
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Verb with "vous" : ETES
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Lepidopterist's study : MOTH
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Pain in the neck : ACHE
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Poetic contraction : NEER
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Enters leisurely : EASESIN
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Gov't investments : TNOTES
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Part of some Bibles: Abbr. : APOC
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Flight : LAM
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Midori on ice : ITO
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North end? : ERN
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"... ___ should I" : NOR
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Director Lee : ANG
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Cross shape : TAU
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Shell food? : EGGS
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*"Seated Woman, Wiping Her Left Side" : DEGAS
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Like 43-Down's design for 23-/29-Across : NONTRADITIONAL
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Org. setting workplace rules : OSHA
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Swedish company with a catalog : IKEA
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Drops from the sky : RAIN
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Gospel singer Franklin : ERMA
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Flambé, say : LIT
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___'acte : ENTR
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Castle security system : MOAT
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Bygone channel : UPN
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"No seats left" : SRO
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Use (up), as time : EAT
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*"Tableau 2" : MONDRIAN
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Good lookers : HOTTAMALES
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Fated : INEVITABLE
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With 43-Down, what 23-/29-Across was : FINALMAJORWORKOF
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Player of one of the women in Robert Altman's "3 Women" : SISSYSPACEK
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Site of Spain's Alamillo Bridge : SEVILLE
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Jewelry firm since 1842 : FABERGE
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See 38-Down : FRANKLLOYDWRIGHT
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U.S.P.S. deliveries : LTRS
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Latin 101 verb : ESSE
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Drinks of liquor : POTATIONS
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Sixth-brightest star in the sky : RIGEL
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*"Mandolin and Guitar" : PICASSO
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Start of a common run : ABCD
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Joy of "The View" : BEHAR
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Showing surprise : AGAPE
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Words from Charlie Brown : UGHS
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Dog-___ : EARED
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Many a perfume : SPRAY
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Epps of "House" : OMAR
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Shrub that may cause a severe allergic reaction : SUMAC
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Leaden, in London : GREY
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Angela Merkel's one : EINE
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Place for a stamp : VISA
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Sorts : ILKS
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School popular in the 1920s : BAUHAUS
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Autumn ESPN highlights : TDS
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Sue Grafton's "___ for Ricochet" : RIS
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Common middle name for a girl : ANN
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Scholarly : ERUDITE
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Code-cracking grp. : NSA
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"Time out!" signal : TEE
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Old defense grp. : SEATO
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Turkish bigwig : PASHA
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*"The Antipope" : ERNST
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Early spring feast : SEDER
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Just love : ADORE
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Life preserver, e.g. : TORUS
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Spanish tidbit : TAPA
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Skinny : DOPE
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B.O. purchases : TIX
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*"Head and Shell" : ARP
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Roman household god : LAR
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Paris's ___ Saint-Louis : ILE
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Medium strength? : ESP
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"Huh?" : WHA
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Viking ship item : OAR

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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