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New York Times, Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Make an abrupt change ... and a hint to this puzzle's theme

Author:
Gary Cee
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQX} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Cee. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2009, The New York Times10/20/09 ( No. 21,896 )
Across
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Composer Kurt : WEILL
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Basketball backboard attachment : HOOP
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It's the truth : FACT
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"Are not!" retort : AMTOO
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Dame who's a hoot : EDNA
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Jacob's twin : ESAU
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View from the Oval Office : ROSEGARDEN
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Madams' partners : SIRS
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Grab ___ (eat on the run) : ABITE
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Wrecks beyond repair : TOTALS
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Stay-at-home ___ : DAD
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Premium Scotch whiskey : CHIVASREGAL
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Sportscaster Hershiser : OREL
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Sip from a flask : NIP
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Greeted the morning : AROSE
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First-rate : CLASSA
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Tandoori-baked bread : NAAN
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Event featuring sports stars of yesteryear : OLDTIMERSGAME
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Not a copy: Abbr. : ORIG
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New York's ___ Square : HERALD
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"Your 15 minutes of fame ___!" : AREUP
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Litter box visitor : CAT
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Sushi bar soup : MISO
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Pastry sold at pizzerias : SAUSAGEROLL
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Safety device eschewed by the Flying Wallendas : NET
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Levels of society : STRATA
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Like an unborn baby's position : FETAL
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10 C-notes : THOU
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Make an abrupt change ... and a hint to this puzzle's theme : SHIFTGEARS
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Passbook amts. : DEPS
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Smooth, as the way : PAVE
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Kovacs of early TV : ERNIE
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Word after Bay or gray : AREA
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Eyelid woe : STYE
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Aid in pulling an all-nighter : NODOZ
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It was hell, to Sherman : WAR
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Punk rock subgenre : EMO
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"You're on!" : ITSADEAL
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Leopold's 1920s co-defendant : LOEB
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Mr. Spock's forte : LOGIC
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Found on this page : HEREIN
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Like a "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" item : ODD
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Cyclops eye count : ONE
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Trousers : PANTS
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Addams Family uncle : FESTER
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Panini cheese : ASIAGO
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France's Bruni-Sarkozy and others : CARLAS
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Bit of a fight : TUSSLE
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Greece's capital, in its airport code : ATH
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Tropicana fruit : ORANGE
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___ Holliday : DOC
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Folkie Guthrie : ARLO
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Partner of oil : VINEGAR
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On ___ with (equal to) : APAR
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Drug sold on blotting paper : LSD
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Visit while on the road, as a motel : STOPAT
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Broadcast : AIR
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___ Wednesday : ASH
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Prey for owls : MICE
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Biceps' place : ARM
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The rest of the U.S., to Hawaiians : MAINLAND
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"You're something ___!" : ELSE
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Preceder of com or org : DOT
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#2 in a prosecutor's office: Abbr. : ASSTDA
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Newsman Dan : RATHER
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Chunnel's home : EUROPE
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Patriotic chant : USAUSA
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Chewy coating for an apple : TOFFEE
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Says while choking : GASPS
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Tennis do-over : LET
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Three-star U.S. Army officer : LTGEN
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Commercial prefix with "flot" : AERO
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Busby or derby : HAT
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Wall creeper : IVY
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Ipanema's locale : RIO
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"___ who?" : SEZ

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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