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New York Times, Sunday, October 28, 2012

Author:
Michael Sharp and Caleb Madison
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 68 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Sharp. This is puzzle # 28 for Mr. Madison. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 1028 ( 23,000 )
Across
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Auckland native : KIWI
5
Surmounting : ATOP
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Dude ranch handle : PARD
13
Sign of sensitivity? : PISCES
19
Setting for the 2012 film "Argo" : IRAN
20
Title partner of "the Swan" in a Yeats poem : LEDA
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"___ Her Standing There" : ISAW
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Creed of the "Rocky" series : APOLLO
23
"Come on, woman, shape that wood!"? : LATHELADYLATHE
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Brighter : ROSIER
27
Start of a choosing rhyme : EENY
28
Uploaded pic, often : JPEG
29
Go weak in the knees : MELT
31
In the past : ONCE
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Jack ___ : SPRAT
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Dry white wines : SOAVES
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Some protests : BOYCOTTS
38
Cheerful superhero? : CAPTAINBLITHE
41
Facts of life? : OBIT
42
Oklahoma birthplace of Oral Roberts : ADA
43
"___ surprised as you are!" : IMAS
44
Cases for E.M.T.'s : ODS
46
Onetime U.N. leader : UTHANT
50
Guard dog's target : BURGLAR
52
Take a patient approach to revenge? : WAITANDSEETHE
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Benefit : SAKE
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Abandon : DESERT
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"Mamma ___!" : MIA
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Sleeper agent : MOLE
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Sallie ___ : MAE
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Barbaric : CRUEL
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Some electrical workers : CABLEMEN
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Stand offering, briefly : MAG
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Ones who stop giving to their church? : TITHEBREAKERS
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Future grads: Abbr. : SRS
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Emaciated : SKELETAL
77
"Hoarders" airer : AANDE
78
___ loss : ATA
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Hombre, formerly : NINO
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Everyone's bets : POT
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Ford sedan : TAURUS
85
T.A.'s overseer : PROF
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Softly exhale cheap sentiment? : BREATHECHEESE
93
Tenacious sort : PITBULL
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San Antonio mayor Julián, keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic convention : CASTRO
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1978-79 CBS detective drama : KAZ
97
Fool : BOZO
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Big bygone bird : MOA
99
___ Kong : HONG
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Mad scientist's sadistic exclamation upon attacking the Empire State? : WRITHENEWYORK
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"Popsicle," in "Fifty Shades of Grey," for one : SAFEWORD
110
Anatomical ring : AREOLE
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Like a 12-Down : NERDY
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First-floor apartment, maybe : ONEB
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Rake : ROUE
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Ain't correct? : ISNT
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Canon fodder? : FILM
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Prime minister of 1945 : ATTLEE
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What the Grim Reaper's backup carries? : SCYTHEOFRELIEF
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Evan-___ (women's clothing brand) : PICONE
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Its alphabet has 44 consonants : THAI
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Log time : YULE
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Sailors' saint : ELMO
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Ends of Alaska? : SCHWAS
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Farm females : SOWS
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Macho man : STUD
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1,000 years before the coronation of Queen Elizabeth I : DLIX
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Metric distance: Abbr. : KIL
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Author Levin : IRA
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Summer recreation area : WATERPARK
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Ready to mate : INHEAT
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Confederate : ALLY
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Genteel gathering : TEA
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Tasks around the house : ODDJOBS
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Web site with a "Send Money" tab : PAYPAL
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Psychologist Jean : PIAGET
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P.R. hours : AST
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First name in Chicago politics : RAHM
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Weenie : DWEEB
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Coach for dancing? : PARTYBUS
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Wall St. opening : IPO
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"If you don't like my anger, do something about it!"? : SOSOOTHEME
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Black in country music : CLINT
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Vote in : ELECT
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Results of lying too much? : SORES
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Involve : ENTAIL
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___ Johnston, former fiancé of Bristol Palin : LEVI
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London facilities : LOO
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Replacement refs, maybe? : SCABS
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"The Taming of the Shrew" setting : PADUA
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Backbeat component, often : SNARE
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Drink to throw back : SHOT
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Recognize as a source : CITE
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Cry on arrival : IMADEIT
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Big wheel at a reception? : EDAM
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Snide response : SNICKER
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Smithereens : ATOMS
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Red Wing or Blackhawk : NHLER
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Cold temps : TEENS
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Bijou : GEM
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"___ #1!" : WERE
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Carnival Cruise Lines stop : ARUBA
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Go over again : ITERATE
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Christine ___, "The Phantom of the Opera" girl : DAAE
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Junk : SCHLOCK
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Killed a hero? : ATE
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Horne and Olin : LENAS
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It's measured in cups : BRASIZE
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W.W. II craft: Abbr. : LST
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"Your Business" airer : MSNBC
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Director Kurosawa : AKIRA
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Family inheritance : GENES
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Finish line, often : TAPE
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Together, in music : ADUE
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Hate coke? : LOATHEBLOW
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"Dragnet" message, for short : APB
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Spring phenomenon : THAW
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Winning by a small margin : UPONE
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Dirt spreader : RUMORMILL
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Psalm starter : OLORD
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Unreliable : FLAKY
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Suppose, to Shakespeare : TROW
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They're often toasted : HONOREES
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Cornell who founded Western Union : EZRA
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Off-campus local : TOWNIE
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Really sing : BELTOUT
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Miracle-___ : GRO
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It might cause photophobia : IRITIS
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"One World" musician John : TESH
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Flatters : HONEYS
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Hollered : YELLED
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Wet bars? : SOAPS
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Prankster-like : ANTIC
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"Get on the stick!"? : FETCH
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Tidies up, in a way : DUSTS
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Come back : ECHO
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Durst of Limp Bizkit : FRED
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Disney doe : ENA
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Deviate from the course : YAW
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Bird ___ : FLU
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Owner of Abbey Road Studios : EMI
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Babe : FOX

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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