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THE REFEREE OF ROMANCE

New York Times, Sunday, October 24, 2004

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 76 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 69 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2004, The New York TimesNo. 1024 ( 20,074 )
Across
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Went down to second? : SLID
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Did laps : SWAM
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Place for table umbrellas : CAFE
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Like oxfords : LACED
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Common Web site link : HOME
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___ Minor : URSA
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Famous mausoleum site : AGRA
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Powdered soap brand : BORAXO
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Locket shape : OVAL
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Friend barges in while gent is making amorous overtures; ref declares ... : PASSINTERFERENCE
26
___ Hold'em (poker variant) : TEXAS
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R & B singer Bryson : PEABO
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Two-time loser to Ike : ADLAI
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Fact-check : VET
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"You betcha!" : YEP
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Hysteria curber : SLAP
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Late philanthropist Joan : KROC
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Widespread reaction : RASH
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Fellow forgets to shave before kissing girlfriend; ref cites him for ... : UNNECESSARYROUGHNESS
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Some bow ties : NOODLES
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Compliment to the chef : YUM
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"If only ___ listened!" : HED
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Acquisitions person : PROCURER
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Right away : STAT
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Looks over : PERUSES
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The Great White North : CANADA
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Popular brand of stationery : EATON
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Dance floor remains empty at debutante party; ref rules it a ... : DEADBALL
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Tennis call : LET
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Join hands? : CLAP
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Smooth : SAND
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Big inits. in movies : HBO
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Freestyle jumps : AXELS
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Handsome marriageable man enters room; ref signals ... : FAIRCATCH
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A neighbor : BFLAT
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One end of the spectrum : RED
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Multitude : HOST
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Duke of 63-Down : OMAR
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Farm call : BAA
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Gorgeous lady enters room; ref signals ... : KNOCKOUT
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Tito Puente's specialty : MAMBO
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Reading site : ALCOVE
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Name used in indignant questions : SAMHILL
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Lincoln or Ford : AUTO
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Secured, as carpet tacks : NAILEDIN
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Suffix with dual : ITY
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Revenue sources : ADS
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At a loss : STYMIED
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Guy gets grabby on first date; ref penalizes him for ... : ILLEGALUSEOFTHEHANDS
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Suffix with period : ICAL
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Naval base? : HULL
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Rock's Mötley ___ : CRUE
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Salon options : DOS
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Wallace who wrote "Ben-Hur" : LEW
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Unseen character in a Beckett play : GODOT
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First name in gossip : HEDDA
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1930's have-nots : OKIES
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Lovers embrace passionately in public place; ref declares ... : OFFENSIVEHOLDING
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Unmeaningful : IDLE
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It's often found in a bar : NOUGAT
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Railroad chartered in 1832 : ERIE
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Balladeer's aid : LUTE
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Iditarod race destination : NOME
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Radiant : AGLOW
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Russet-colored liquors : RYES
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Release : EMIT
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Icky stuff : GLOP
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Ruined : SHOT
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Score of zero : LOVE
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Theater company that thinks big : IMAX
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Guy acquires girl's phone number but waits too long to use it; ref signals ... : DELAYEDCALL
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Eat late : SUP
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It precedes a cast party : WRAP
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Weigh : ASSESS
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"Mississippi ___" (Denzel Washington film) : MASALA
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Shade provider : CANOPY
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Contract negotiator: Abbr. : AGT
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Come unglued : FREAKOUT
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Body part repaired by tympanoplasty : EARDRUM
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Folk singer McKenna : LORI
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Remain : ARE
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9-Down material : CANVAS
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Leftover : EXCESS
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"A merry heart ___ good like a medicine": Proverbs : DOETH
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Normandy campaign objective : BEACHHEAD
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Strong support : IBAR
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Thrash : FLOG
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Surrounds with trees, say : SECLUDES
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Focus on : PEERAT
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Edit for TV, maybe : REDUB
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Potentially insulting : UNPC
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Writer Ephron : NORA
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Bright time : NOON
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Birmingham-to-Montgomery dir. : SSE
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Tom Clancy hero : RYAN
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Typical Rick Moranis film role : NERD
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Overhauled : RECAST
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Magic wand tip : STAR
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Last part of a paint job : TOPCOAT
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Phnom ___ : PENH
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Comedian Mort : SAHL
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Island off the Tuscan coast : ELBA
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Opening : SLOT
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Got off : ALIT
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Tennis ball fuzz material : DACRON
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More than a twinge : STAB
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Synagogue cabinets : ARKS
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Fictional princess : XENA
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Rugged biblical land : EDOM
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Infraction : FOUL
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Magazine contents : AMMO
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Hype : BALLYHOO
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Man refuses to supply photo on Internet dating service; ref cites him for ... : FACEMASKING
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Pentecost figure : HOLYGHOST
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Like some hooks : BAITED
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Shiver's cause : CHILL
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Sky box? : KITE
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Tousle : MUSS
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Gladsheim palace resident : ODIN
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Traded blows : VIED
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Front and back : ENDS
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"Madame Bovary" subject : ADULTERY
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Refuse : ASH
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Everywhere : ALLOVER
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Sparkly mist : ICEFOG
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Prescribed : LAWFUL
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A6 or A8 maker : AUDI
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Talks back? : ECHOES
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Hurler Hershiser : OREL
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Throw for a loop : FUDDLE
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Night guard's problem : TEDIUM
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Actress Massey : ILONA
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Eat indelicately : GNAW
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Detractor : ANTI
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Role model : IDOL
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A Muppet : ELMO
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Dribble : SEEP
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Blowhard's trait : EGO
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Speed : HIE
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Avenge oneself on : GET

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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