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SOUNDS LIKE SOMEBODY I KNOW

New York Times, Sunday, November 16, 2008

Author:
Merl Reagle
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Merl Reagle

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 144, Blocks: 88 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Reagle. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

This amazing puzzle has a direct tie-in to the episode of The Simpsons that aired the same day. Both the show and the crossword are self-contained but key plot elements are hidden in this puzzle. See the Wordplay blog post.

The message from the first letter of each clue reads: "Dear Lisa. You make me so happy. Really, really, really happy. Sorry, he told me I needed a hundred-forty-four letters. What was my point again? Oh right. Bouvier or Simpson, I cherish you."

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© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 1116 ( 21,558 )
Across
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Doodled, e.g. : DREW
5
Elvis film "___ Scarum" : HARUM
10
Attorney's favorite sweets? : TORTES
16
Reign : RULE
17
"Loverboy" actress who made the cast sick? : MARISAPTOMAINE
20
It's love, in Lille : AIME
21
Séance-loving crime writer? : RAYMONDCHANNELER
23
Adjustment means on a radio : KNOB
24
Yards, e.g. : AREAS
25
Obi-Wan Kenobi, for one : JEDI
26
Uris hero ___ Ben Canaan : ARI
27
Market closing? : EER
28
Abbr. after Ted Kennedy's name : DMASS
29
Kind of tape : VCR
31
Earthquake : SEISM
33
Meshed foundation in lace : RESEAU
35
Exclamation from a blockhead : DOH
36
Show too much feeling? : EMOTE
39
"O.S.S." star, 1946 : LADD
40
Hall of Fame golfer who invented the all-plastic club? : ARNOLDPOLYMER
45
Alla ___ (pasta style) : ROMANA
48
Planned site of the Geo. W. Bush Presidential Library : SMU
49
Piece that gets riveted : IBEAM
50
Young wife (age 18) of Charlie Chaplin (age 54) : OONA
51
Restraints : IRONS
52
Egg ___ yung : FOO
53
All-telling gossip queen who repeats everything she hears? : RONAPARROT
55
Letters of commerce : GATT
56
Laying-on of hands? : BACKRUB
59
"You're such ___ for helping" : ADEAR
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Ronny & the Daytonas hit : GTO
61
Eccentric : KOOK
62
Acapulco gold : ORO
63
Long (for) : ACHE
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Letters of sizes : SML
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Yul Brynner died the same day as ___ Welles (odd fact) : ORSON
69
Relatives of TV host Tom : SNYDERS
71
Everest setting : ASIA
72
Avant-garde composer who sat around a lot? : ERIKSETTEE
76
Linger in the hot sun : FRY
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Loses on purpose? : DIETS
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Y-axis, for one : LINE
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Handy places to shop : MARTS
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Army type, for short : NCO
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Prima donna Norman : JESSYE
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Passionate tennis star? : MONICAZEALOUS
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Yaw relative, on an aircraft : ROLL
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Some etiquette rules : NONOS
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Online address : URL
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"Rats!" : OHHELL
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Regular writing : PROSE
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York, e.g.: Abbr. : SGT
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Hollywood's Téa : LEONI
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Eye the bull's-eye : AIM
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Trip-planning org. : AAA
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Option for a sandwich : PITA
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Lower than: It. : SOTTO
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Disney pirate, 1953 : SMEE
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Moscow V.I.P. who liked to cook on a ship? : NIKITACRUISECHEF
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Eban of Israel : ABBA
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"I have no face cards" actress? : LINDSAYLOWHAND
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Near Eastern port : ADEN
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Easter ___ (period up to Pentecost Sunday) : SEASON
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European resort Monte ___ : CARLO
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Driving alternative in S.F. : BART
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Explorer Francis : DRAKE
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Destroyer : RUINER
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Author Leonard : ELMORE
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Hall of Fame coach Ewbank : WEEB
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U.S. president after Grant : HAYES
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Noriega's weapons : ARMAS
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Delgado's rivers : RIOS
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Rear admiral's org. : USN
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Extremely upset : MAD
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Detestable one : TOAD
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Former Dodge : OMNI
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Operated : RAN
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Reason for overtime : TIE
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Top Chinese Zhou : ENLAI
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Your future is their business : SEERS
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Freeboot : MARAUD
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Old IBM offering : PCJR
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Useful article : THE
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Red Roof rival : RAMADA
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Lip : RIM
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Entertainer Martin and others : DEANS
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Teutonic name part : VON
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Tenor, perhaps : CHOIRBOY
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Enos Slaughter's team for 13 yrs. : STL
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Roo's donkey friend : EEYORE
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Slope : SLANT
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"Wagon Master" actress Joanne : DRU
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Heaven on earth : EDEN
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Assigner of G's and R's: Abbr. : MPAA
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Tuba sounds : OOMPAHS
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Wild : AMOK
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Action on Wall St. : LBO
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Swamps : MORASSES
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Monstrousness : ENORMITY
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"You dirty ___!" : RAT
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Patrick Macnee's 1960s TV co-star Diana : RIGG
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Opus with singing : ORATORIO
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Interstate sight : MOTORINN
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Nonmatching item, maybe : SOCK
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Toy store ___ Schwarz : FAO
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Add-on for Gator : ADE
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Guy who digs fossils, slangily : BONEMAN
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American Beauty pest : ROSESLUG
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Inspiration for Keats : URN
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Nails but good : KOS
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Old aviation magazine ___ Digest : AERO
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Have a bawl : CRY
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Reshape a cornea, say : LASE
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Items for knitters : SKEINS
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Gallantry-in-war medals: Abbr. : DFCS
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House of Representatives divider : AISLE
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Tree with serrate leaves : ELM
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Big name in tea : TAZO
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Ocho minus cinco : TRES
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US Airways datum: Abbr. : ETA
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Vacation destination for sandwich lovers? : DELHI
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It's void in Vichy : NUL
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English duke ___ Gaunt : JOHNOF
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Runner Sebastian : COE
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Odd morsel : ORT
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Rummaged : ROOTED
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Sorority letter : LAMBDA
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Iron Man co-creator Larry : LIEBER
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Mythical piper : PAN
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Pullman supports : RAILS
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"Song of the Islands" co-star Jack : OAKIE
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Old Testament king : SAUL
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Not express : LOCAL
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Intro with centric : ETHNO
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Connoted : MEANT
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Hit by Marty Robbins, "El ___" : PASO
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Eager beaver's assertion : ICAN
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Really test : TRY
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Ilse's "very" : SEHR
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Swedish import : SAAB
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Hell ___ handbasket : INA
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Y. A. Tittle scores : TDS
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Org. with a five-ring logo : IOC
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United competitor: Abbr. : SWA

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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