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New York Times, Friday, October 25, 2013

___ Arden Oplev, director of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"

Author:
Martin Ashwood-Smith
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 64, Blocks: 28 Missing: {QYZ} Spans: 9, (2 quad stacks) This is puzzle # 70 for Mr. Ashwood-Smith. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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Joe Krozel mentioned recently that the whole trick of constructing quad-stack grids was to create as many independent mini 15x4 stacks ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
Any crossword with a "quad-stack" is impressive, and this one has two. Amazing! On the downside, MEAT at 50D duplicates part of 1A, ... read more
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A couple of months ago, a non-crossword friend of mine pulled me aside and said I had to see something. He took out a newspaper he had ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times10/25/13 ( No. 23,362 )

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Across
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Wiped the floor with : MADEMINCEMEATOF
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Use of blockades, say : ECONOMICWARFARE
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Western daily : LOSANGELESTIMES
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Watch things : STEMS
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Limited edition? : ISS
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Suffix with electr- : ODE
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Blasting, musically : FFF
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Bay, say ... or bring to bay : TREE
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Tempest, to Theodor : STURM
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Bellyaches : BEEFS
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___ Rose : AXL
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One may be tapped out : MORSECODESIGNAL
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Brunch orders, briefly : OJS
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McKinley's Ohio birthplace : NILES
39
Title priestess of opera : LAKME
40
Aim : GOAL
42
Setting of 10, maybe : MAX
43
Sony output : TVS
44
Bulldogs' sch. : UGA
46
Painter ___ della Francesca : PIERO
48
Certain advertising medium : COMMERCIALRADIO
55
It's not word-for-word : FREETRANSLATION
56
Old French epics : CHANSONSDEGESTE
57
Idolizes : SETSONAPEDESTAL
Down
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1970s-'80s sitcom setting : MELS
2
"I'm ___" (Friday declaration) : ACOP
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Doctor's orders : DOSES
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Passing people : ENACTORS
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What Hamilton called the wealthy : MONIEDMEN
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"Sure, let's try" : IMGAME
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___ Arden Oplev, director of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" : NIELS
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Mid third-century year : CCLI
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Gershwin biographer David : EWEN
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Guarders with droopy ears and pendulous lips : MASTIFFS
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Some collectible lithographs : ERTES
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It hasn't happened before : AFIRST
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Sans spice : TAME
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Sought-after rock group? : ORES
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Fun or laugh follower : FEST
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Send quickly, in a way : FEDEX
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Finders' keepers? : FEES
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What stars may indicate : RANK
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Cause of a class struggle? : EXAM
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Allure alternative : ELLE
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Sun blocker : SMOG
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Pearl Harbor attack initiator : TOJO
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Polaris bear : URSA
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Limb-entangling weapon : BOLA
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Second-greatest period in the history of something : SILVERAGE
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1931 Best Picture : CIMARRON
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Utility bill details : GASRATES
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Light measures : LUMENS
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Like much arable land : TILLED
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"I ___ Lonely" (1954 hit for the Four Knights) : GETSO
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Lead-in to deux or trois : PASDE
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Particular paean penner : ODIST
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Ozone destroyers, for short : CFCS
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"What's Hecuba to him, ___ to Hecuba": Hamlet : ORHE
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Sinatra's "Meet ___ the Copa" : MEAT
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Biblical miracle setting : CANA
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Police dept. personage : INSP
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Touch : IOTA
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Law school newbie : ONEL

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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