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New York Times, Saturday, October 7, 2017

___ Britton, mistress of Warren Harding who had a sensational 1927 tell-all book

Author:
Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Byron Walden

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 31 Missing: {JKQVZ} This is puzzle # 85 for Mr. Walden. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Byron Walden notes:
This one started out with HELLSCAPE. After I got a stack I liked in the NW (no 3's, yay!) I toyed with using FIRE ESCAPE (opposite ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Low 66 word-count offering from Byron, a toughie to fill, especially in those giant NW / SE corners. It's tricky enough to get both ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times10/7/17 ( No. 24,805 )
Across
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Dystopian backdrop : HELLSCAPE
10
Icy : GELID
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Self-evident : AXIOMATIC
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Give takes : OPINE
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Director/co-star of "The Bigamist," 1953 : IDALUPINO
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Second-oldest national park in North America : BANFF
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Pre-moving day events : GARAGESALES
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Snarler : CUR
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Knock off : STOP
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Weapon swung by a gaucho : BOLA
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Unslurred speech? : PCLANGUAGE
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Form a 44-Across : ALLY
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Song on the soundtracks of "Lilo & Stitch" and "Surf's Up" : ALOHAOE
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Hungers : YEARNS
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Champagne grapes : PINOTS
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Line of clothing : INSEAM
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Princess Fiona, for one : OGRESS
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Basic Italian bistro : OSTERIA
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Corvine calls : CAWS
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1989 Queen hit : IWANTITALL
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Baby's cut : OWIE
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Entente : PACT
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___ Britton, mistress of Warren Harding who had a sensational 1927 tell-all book : NAN
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Form of therapy in which patients act out events from their past : PSYCHODRAMA
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Rapper with the 1992 3x platinum debut album "The Chronic" : DRDRE
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2005 film starring Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche : BEESEASON
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Literally, "singing place" : ODEON
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Offering to an idol : ADULATION
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Windows forerunner : MSDOS
59
News pieces : REPORTAGE
Down
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"Caveat: Realism, Reagan and Foreign Policy" memoirist : HAIG
2
Rudy Giuliani or Chris Christie, for short : EXDA
3
Fabulous speaker? : LIAR
4
1970 hit with a spelled-out title : LOLA
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Self-satisfied : SMUG
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Hurricane-prone area, maybe : CAPE
7
Up for debate : ATISSUE
8
Candy ass? : PINATA
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Green field? : ECOLOGY
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A host : GOBS
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Org. concerned with 9-Down : EPA
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The early '60s, in U.S. politics : LINCOLNERA
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Rigged for cruising : INFULLSAIL
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Bear, somewhat : DEFRAY
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One who tries to avoid being touched : EPEEIST
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Combo with strainers and jiggers : BARSET
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Insubstantial fare : PAP
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They go to all the best spots : CLIOAWARDS
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Going on and on : LONGWINDED
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Mounted : AHORSE
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___ the Great, detective of children's stories : NATE
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Dish transmitters : GOSSIPS
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Prefix with thesis : ANTI
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___ du pays (homesickness: Fr.) : MAL
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Stabilizer in suspensions : SWAYBAR
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Improving, in Britspeak : ONTHEUP
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Item in a health class demonstration : CONDOM
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Consent : ACCEDE
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Stock holders : PENS
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2017 Tony-winning play about 1990s diplomacy : OSLO
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Letter opener : DEAR
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Heavy-metal band with the hit albums "Out of the Cellar" and "Infestation" : RATT
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The East : ASIA
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Keyboard instrument : MOOG
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Grandmother of Jesus : ANNE
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Down Under critter : ROO

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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