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New York Times, Monday, October 22, 2012

Sting operative ... or a hint to 20-, 24-, 39- and 55-Across

Author:
Joel Fagliano
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 79, Blocks: 42 Missing: {GQWXY} Spans: 1 Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzlemakers This is puzzle # 19 for Mr. Fagliano. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2012, The New York Times10/22/12 ( No. 22,994 )
Across
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Acad. or univ. : SCH
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Starring role : LEAD
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Bieber with the 2010 hit "Baby" : JUSTIN
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Lyricist Gershwin : IRA
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Olympic event with electrified equipment : EPEE
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Presume : SUPPOSE
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Lean-___ (temporary shelters) : TOS
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Squeezing tool : VISE
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Not checked for speed : UNTIMED
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It's measured by polls : PUBLICOPINION
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Height: Prefix : ACRO
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Home of the San Diego Padres : PETCOPARK
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Tank engine of children's fiction : THOMAS
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"Never mind" : NAH
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Some jeans : LEES
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Hurt : ACHE
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Be fond of : LIKE
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Dog's bark : ARF
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Conqueror of the Incas : FRANCISCOPIZARRO
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Pro's opposite : CON
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Mexican snack : TACO
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Some cameras, for short : SLRS
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Frankie Valli's "___ Take My Eyes Off You" : CANT
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Alphabetically first state: Abbr. : ALA
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Seaport SE of Roma : NAPOLI
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Traveler to Cathay : MARCOPOLO
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Supply-and-demand subj. : ECON
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Sting operative ... or a hint to 20-, 24-, 39- and 55-Across : UNDERCOVERCOP
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Make obsolete : OUTMODE
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Portent : OMEN
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Actress Thurman : UMA
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Flies : AVIATES
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Festooned with bathroom tissue, informally : TPED
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Campus in Troy, N.Y. : RPI
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Leather worker : TANNER
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Sailors : TARS
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___ Andreas fault : SAN
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Decide against making any changes : SITPAT
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Catcher's stance : CROUCH
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Company that makes Scrabble : HASBRO
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Jeans maker Strauss : LEVI
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Awesome, in slang : EPIC
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Fable writer : AESOP
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Get worse, as losses : DEEPEN
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Month after mayo : JUNIO
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Slangy request for a high-five : UPTOP
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Kind of cord or column : SPINAL
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Male turkey : TOM
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Suffix with expert : ISE
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Beatty of "Charlie Wilson's War" : NED
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Frito-Lay product once sold in a 100% compostable bag : SUNCHIPS
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The salesman in "Death of a Salesman" : LOMAN
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Author Calvino : ITALO
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Rump : REAR
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Deborah of "The King and I" : KERR
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Bank holding: Abbr. : ACCT
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Sunni rival : SHIA
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California's second-busiest airport, after LAX : SFO
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Fugitives : ESCAPEES
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Pottery oven : KILN
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Poet Pound : EZRA
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Media monitoring grp. : FCC
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Move aimlessly : ROAM
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26-Down's role in "The King and I" : ANNA
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1950s TV innovation : COLOR
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"___ our agreement ..." : ASPER
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Whom "Dewey Defeats" in a classic Chicago Tribune headline : TRUMAN
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"Little Women" author : ALCOTT
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Takes place : OCCURS
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See 58-Down : LOOMPA
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Hurting : INPAIN
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Bill worth 100 smackers : CNOTE
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More peculiar : ODDER
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With 53-Down, Willy Wonka employee : OOMPA
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Swerve : VEER
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Finales : ENDS
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Kellogg's Cracklin' ___ Bran : OAT
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The Cavaliers of the A.C.C. : UVA
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Its atomic symbol is Sn : TIN

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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