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A SIGN OF THE TIMES

New York Times, Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dry country whose name is an anagram of wet weather

Author:
Patrick Blindauer
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Blindauer

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {BZ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 56 for Mr. Blindauer. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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Patrick Blindauer notes:
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© 2014, The New York Times10/21/14 ( No. 23,723 )
Across
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Alternative version of a song : REMIX
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Is into : DIGS
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Karl, Richard or Harpo : MARX
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Actress Donovan of "Clueless" : ELISA
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Something spinach has : IRON
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Switchboard attendant: Abbr. : OPER
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Dramatic note in Verdi's "Di quella pira" : HIGHC
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Grandma, familiarly : NANA
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Story with many chapters : SAGA
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Baseball family of note : ALOUS
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Not optional: Abbr. : REQ
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___ Miss : OLE
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Part of 31-Down: Abbr. : NATL
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Force = ___ x acceleration : MASS
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Single : UNWED
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"Much ___ About Nothing" : ADO
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Egg cell : OVUM
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Mo. that seems like it should be seventh : SEP
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Mined material : ORE
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Arduous hike : TREK
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Palindromic woman's name : AVA
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Σ : SIGMA
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Senator Harry of Nevada : REID
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Kristoff's reindeer in "Frozen" : SVEN
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"Much ___ About Nothing" ("The Simpsons" episode) : APU
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Speedometer letters : MPH
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Pier : JETTY
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Days of ___ : YORE
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Uptight, informally : ANAL
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Preoccupy : TIEUP
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Brings to a close : ENDS
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Giant in the fruit and vegetable market : DOLE
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Avoid : EVADE
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Word before home and room : REST
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___ for it (invites trouble) : ASKS
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Two-time U.S. Open winner Monica : SELES
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Talk show host Diane of 31-Down : REHM
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"On the Waterfront" director Kazan : ELIA
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Seasonal traveler : MIGRATOR
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Promising beginning? : ISHALL
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Craft knife brand : XACTO
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Natural history museum display : DINOSAUR
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Dry country whose name is an anagram of wet weather : IRAN
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They're doomed ... doomed! : GONERS
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Trap : SNARE
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Swamp stuff : MOSS
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Judd who wrote and directed "Knocked Up" : APATOW
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Delight : REGALE
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Like "Midnight Cowboy," originally : XRATED
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Gulf War vehicle : HUMVEE
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Tiny complaint : SQUEAK
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Few Z's : NAP
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Org. with an oral fixation? : ADA
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Struck, old-style : SMOTE
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"Fresh Air" airer : NPR
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Cloverleaf part : ONRAMP
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Home of Pippi Longstocking : SWEDEN
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With 44-Down, fictional prankster : TOM
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Beans in a burrito : FRIJOLES
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Elite fighter : NAVYSEAL
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Palindromic woman's name : EVE
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Vied for office : RAN
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See 36-Down : SAWYER
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What Apple's Project Purple became : IPHONE
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Two of five in basketball : GUARDS
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Big chargers in Africa : RHINOS
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Endeavor : STRIVE
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Luxury label : PRADA
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French heads : TETES
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Word repeated by a roadie into a microphone : TEST
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Bacteriologist Jonas : SALK
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"My man!" : DUDE
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Unlocks, in verse : OPES

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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