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TAKE IT FROM THE TOP

New York Times, Sunday, October 23, 2011

Author:
Joe DiPietro
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe DiPietro

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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 72 Missing: {J} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 108 for Mr. DiPietro. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2011, The New York TimesNo. 1023 ( 22,629 )
Across
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Onetime propaganda source : TASS
5
Portmanteau : BAG
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Obstruct : DAMUP
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Brings in : REAPS
18
Funny Johnson : ARTE
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See 6-Down : AGO
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Queen City of the Rockies : HELENA
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Prefix with light or sound : ULTRA
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Holiday purchase, informally : XMASTREE
24
Tone setters for conductors : OPENINGNOTES
26
Item in a certain e-mail folder : SENTMESSAGE
28
A couple of Spaniards? : DOS
29
E-mail alternatives : IMS
30
Source of the Amazon : ANDES
31
South Carolina's state bird : WREN
32
Neurotic Martin Short character : EDGRIMLEY
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Not discounted : LIST
36
Give up : QUIT
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Start of a 1957 hit song : DAYO
40
Press and fold, say : KNEAD
41
Pecking order? : EAT
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Oxidized : RUSTY
43
Agree (with) : SIDE
44
Cousin who's "altogether ooky" : ITT
45
Vague early afternoon time : ONEISH
47
Like certain investments : NORISK
49
Soaked : HOSED
53
To the point, to lawyers : ADREM
55
Times ___ : ROMAN
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Succeed : ENSUE
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Bridge expert Culbertson : ELY
60
Go back and forth : SEESAW
62
Some are cohesive : UNITS
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Territory : TURF
65
1985 film based on "King Lear" : RAN
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How some games finish : INATIE
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How some cars screech : TOAHALT
69
Plant known as "seer's sage" because of its hallucinatory effect : SALVIA
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Loser : ASS
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Skinny : NEWS
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Screenwriter Ephron : DELIA
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Somme place : AMIENS
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Prefix with magnetic : GEO
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Old fishing tool : SPEAR
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An instant : SANKA
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Blowup, of a sort : INSET
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"... but possibly untrue" : ORNOT
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Peeper protector : EYELID
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Wield : EMPLOY
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Uncorking noise : POP
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His debut album was "Rhyme Pays" : ICET
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Grating : RASPY
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W. Hemisphere grp. : OAS
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Queen's land : SHEBA
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Like average folks, in Britain : NONU
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Enthralled : AGOG
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___ Park, classic Coney Island amusement locale : LUNA
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V formation? : PEACESIGN
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Shop chopper : ADZE
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Bounce (off) : CAROM
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Mil. officers : LTS
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Avg. level : STD
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Change quickly : TURNONADIME
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Incredibly nice : ASSWEETASPIE
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Matter in statistical mechanics : IDEALGAS
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Bulldog : YALIE
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Dispatch boats : AVISOS
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Neighbor of Oman: Abbr. : UAE
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"Pride and Prejudice" actress Jennifer : EHLE
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9-Down holder : STEIN
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Pickup line? : GETIN
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One of the Chaplins : SYD
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Underworld route : STYX
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Transference of property to pay assessments : TAXSALE
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Asian republic : ARMENIA
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Gets up for the debate? : STANDSTOREASON
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Certain poetic output : SESTET
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Reveal : BARE
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With 19-Across, far back : AGES
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Beats it and won't explain why? : GOESWITHOUTSAYING
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Proof that a "Jersey Shore" character has an incontinence problem? : DEPENDSONTHESITUATION
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Heady stuff : ALE
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Entire "Reservoir Dogs" cast, e.g. : MEN
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Athlete's attire, informally : UNI
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Pampers maker, informally : PANDG
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Arrests an entire crime syndicate? : RUNSINTHEFAMILY
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Inits. in '70s and '80s rock : ELO
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Slayer of his brother Bleda : ATTILA
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Like some majors : PREMED
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Impudent : SASSY
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Longtime ESPN football analyst Merril ___ : HOGE
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Protected images, for short : TMS
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Russian novelist Maxim : GORKI
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Fancified, say : ARTY
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Singer Gorme : EYDIE
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Eschews Mensa material when going to parties? : DOESNTTAKEAGENIUS
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"Drag ___ Hell" (2009 movie) : METO
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"Star Wars" character ___-Gon Jinn : QUI
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SALT party : USSR
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Dashboard choice : AIR
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Contents of Lenin's Tomb, e.g.? : REMAINSTOBESEEN
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Settle in : NEST
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Aquatic nymph : NAIAD
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The Wildcats of the N.C.A.A. : KSU
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Merits at least a 20% tip? : SERVESYOURIGHT
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"Airplane!" woman : ELAINE
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King or queen : DYNAST
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Hard Italian cheese : ASIAGO
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Slower to pick up : DENSER
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Phone button trio : MNO
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___ Minor : URSA
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Break down : WEEP
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A bar may offer it : SALAD
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One-dimensional: Abbr. : LIN
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Flat flooring : LINO
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Minute : WEE
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Scout's mission : RECON
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Assertive comeback : AMSO
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118-Across is in it : OPEC
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Super Bowl IV M.V.P. Dawson : LEN
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Scoring stat for N.B.A.'ers : PPG
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Wallop : PASTE
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Motorola phone line : RAZR
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Departure from the norm : ANOMALY
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Untraditional, as some marriages : SAMESEX
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Charges : SETSAT
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Give a hard time : HASSLE
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Soup kitchen implements : LADLES
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They're shown by X's, O's and arrows : PLAYS
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Luggage attachment : IDTAG
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Some annual bills : DUES
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Major org. representing entertainers and athletes : CAA
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Anita of jazz : ODAY
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Desideratum : NEED
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___ Fit : WII
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Brooklyn's Flatbush, e.g.: Abbr. : AVE
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Go unused : SIT
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Symbol for electric flux : PSI

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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