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New York Times, Thursday, October 31, 2013

Nickname for a 2012 presidential candidate

Author:
David Kwong
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Kwong. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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© 2013, The New York Times10/31/13 ( No. 23,368 )
Across
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Universal Studios role of 1941 : WOLFMAN
8
1-Across, in 23-Down : NAMFLOW
15
Not yet delivered : INUTERO
16
Thank you, in Tokyo : ARIGATO
17
Universal Studios role of 1931 : MONSTER
18
17-Across, in 23-Down : RETSNOM
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Gas grade : PREMIUM
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D.C. baseballer : NAT
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Young socialite : DEB
22
Rapscallion : IMP
23
Clusterfist : MISER
25
Carnivorous fish : SKATE
28
Through : VIA
29
"I beg to differ" : NOTSO
33
Shetland Islands sight : LOCH
34
Unsettle : JAR
35
"St. Matthew Passion" composer, for short : JSBACH
36
Bit of chicken feed : OAT
37
What some hotel balconies overlook : ATRIA
39
Low reef : CAY
40
Like patent leather : GLOSSY
43
Moon, e.g., to a poet : ORB
44
A, in Austria : EINE
45
Genesis wife : SARAH
46
Genesis craft : ARK
47
Green touches? : PUTTS
48
Calls : DIALS
50
Show age, in a way : SAG
51
U. of Miami's athletic org. : ACC
54
"Aladdin" monkey : ABU
55
Some bait : INSECTS
59
Universal Studios role of 1925 : PHANTOM
61
59-Across, in 23-Down : MOTNAHP
62
Starts gently : EASESIN
63
Comic strip infant : SWEEPEA
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Universal Studios role of 1931 : DRACULA
65
64-Across, in 23-Down :
Down
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Namby-pamby : WIMP
2
___ about (approximately) : ONOR
3
Crescent shape : LUNE
4
Second-largest city in Ark. : FTSMITH
5
Period of focusing on oneself : METIME
6
"Your 15 minutes of fame ___!" : AREUP
7
An I.Q. of about 100, e.g. : NORM
8
C. S. Lewis setting : NARNIA
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Fields : AREAS
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Nickname for a 2012 presidential candidate : MITTENS
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Ends of some close N.F.L. games: Abbr. : FGS
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Secure, as a contract : LAND
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Plains native : OTOE
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Development site : WOMB
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Things worth looking into? : MIRRORS
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Hold up : ROB
25
Trudges (through) : SLOGS
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Furry folivore : KOALA
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Phoenix or Washington : ACTOR
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Brewery fixture : VAT
30
Implied : TACIT
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Meager : SCANT
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"That's for sure!" : OHYES
34
Crested bird : JAY
35
One-two part : JAB
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Peeve : IRK
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Glum : SAD
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Acupressure technique : SHIATSU
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Pacific Northwest city : EUGENE
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Barnard grad, e.g. : ALUMNA
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Stickum : PASTE
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Intensely stirred up : ABOIL
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Winter forecast : SNOW
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Made like : APED
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Scorch : CHAR
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La mía es la tuya, they say : CASA
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Some online communications, briefly : IMS
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Part of graduation attire : CAP
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Start of 19 John Grisham novel titles : THE
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Place to be pampered : SPA
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Asian electronics giant : NEC

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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