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New York Times, Thursday, October 3, 2013

32-Down : Half of an old comedy team

Author:
Evan Birnholz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Evan Birnholz

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Birnholz.
Will Shortz notes:
In the print edition of the Times, the solution to this puzzle will be shown as SUCKS2BYOU, 2BORNOT2B, etc. For online, though, the ... read more
Evan Birnholz notes:
I was delighted when I finally got some NYT acceptance letters this summer after four years of rejections. So you can imagine my shock ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fun debut from Evan! The eight special squares must be interpreted TO BE in the across direction and BB in the down; a whimsical ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times10/3/13 ( No. 23,340 )
Across
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___ skirt : HULA
5
"The Tao of Pooh" author Benjamin : HOFF
9
One with ergophobia : SLOTH
14
"Look what I found!" cries : OHOS
15
Kind of tradition : ORAL
16
"___ talk?" : CANWE
17
"Good thing I don't have the same problem!" : SUCKSTOBEYOU
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Following : AFTER
20
River of film : PHOENIX
21
1986 top 10 hit for Billy Idol : TOBEALOVER
23
That's the point : DOT
24
Meal at which to drink four cups of wine : SEDER
25
Part of a pickup line? : TAXI
28
"___, boy!" : HERE
29
Earth goddess created by Chaos : GAEA
33
Expanse : OPENAREA
36
"Apparently" : SEEMSTOBE
38
What fell in the Fall : MAN
39
That is the question : TOBEORNOTTOBE
41
Robert of "Quincy, M.E." : ITO
42
One who may need a shower? : BRIDETOBE
44
Holder of a pair of queens : CHESSSET
46
Shiner : STAR
47
Milk sources : EWES
49
N.B.A. Hall-of-Famer Walker : CHET
50
Belgian battleground during W.W. I : YPRES
52
Letters in car ads : APR
54
"Truthfully ..." : TOBEHONEST
57
Brought up to speed : BRIEFED
61
Yokel, in slang : GOMER
62
Classic rock song in "Easy Rider" : BORNTOBEWILD
64
G.W. competitor : UMASS
65
P.D.Q. Bach's "I'm the Village Idiot," e.g. : ARIA
66
Rep. Darrell of California : ISSA
67
Like the myth of Ragnarok : NORSE
68
Luxury hotel name : RITZ
69
Locale for a Village People hit, informally : THEY
Down
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"Scrubs" locale: Abbr. : HOSP
2
"Don't even think about it" : UHUH
3
Bats : LOCO
4
Showed politeness at the front door : ASKEDIN
5
Certain ring bearer : HOBBIT
6
Relative of a gemsbok : ORYX
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___ Schwarz : FAO
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Fictional substance in a Disney film : FLUBBER
9
Zodiac symbol : SCALE
10
U.S.S. Enterprise chief engineer Geordi ___ : LAFORGE
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Where reruns run : ONTV
12
Overly precious : TWEE
13
Mister, overseas : HERR
18
___ Balls : SNO
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Christmas hymn beginning : ADESTE
24
Events at which people are dead serious? : SEANCES
25
Some pyramids : TOMBS
26
In two, say : APART
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Ohio city WSW of Columbus : XENIA
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It's possessive : HER
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Some buggy drivers : AMISH
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Name on a bottle of Sensuous Nude perfume : ESTEE
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Half of an old comedy team : ABBOTT
34
Caen cleric : ABBE
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, e.g. : ROBBERS
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Drifts away : EBBS
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Quaker product : OHS
43
Chardonnay feature : DRYNESS
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"Whatever!" : SCREWIT
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Fancy suite amenity : WETBAR
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In and of itself : PERSE
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Ball mate : ARNAZ
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Mr. ___ : PIBB
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What's not for big shots? : BBGUN
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38-Across's genus : HOMO
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"Ah, my Beloved, fill the Cup that clears" poet : OMAR
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"I say" sayer : BRIT
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Menu section : FISH
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Threat ender : ELSE
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Time of 1944's Operation Neptune : DDAY
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"... goes, ___ go!" : ORI

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle.

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