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New York Times, Friday, November 20, 2015

Song by the #1 band on VH1's "100 Greatest One Hit Wonders"

Author:
Mary Lou Guizzo
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 28 Missing: {JKQVXZ} This is puzzle # 8 for Ms. Guizzo. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Mary Lou Guizzo notes:
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© 2015, The New York Times11/20/15 ( No. 24,118 )
Across
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Event handouts : SWAG
5
Others, to Octavia : ALIA
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What may follow "they say" : ADAGE
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They're named for Detroit's founder : CADILLACS
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One way to travel : BYCAR
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Fossils : OLDFOGIES
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Croatian head? : SERBO
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Not rely just on persuasion : USEFORCE
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Certain laundry load : COLORS
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Going places? : THRONES
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Subject of the 2008 biography "Woman of the House" : PELOSI
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Cartoon canine : REN
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Paraded : STRUTTED
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Rapper with the 2006 #1 album "Press Play" : DIDDY
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Accessory for Che : BERET
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Irlande, e.g. : ILE
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Shipping specifications: Abbr. : RTES
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Some are vanilla-flavored : COLAS
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Grp. that often files amicus briefs : ACLU
34
Letters before John F. Kennedy or George H. W. Bush : USS
35
One-up : TRUMP
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Student drivers? : BUSES
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Song by the #1 band on VH1's "100 Greatest One Hit Wonders" : MACARENA
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Field of note?: Abbr. : MUS
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Astute : SHREWD
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Bulwark : RAMPART
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Isn't selfish : SHARES
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Three-time N.B.A. Coach of the Year : PATRILEY
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Coyote's genus : CANIS
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Excerpt for P.R. purposes, say : MEDIACLIP
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Slide presentation? : AMEBA
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Words of parting at a Mass : GOINPEACE
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Pass again at Daytona : RELAP
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Canoodle, in Canterbury : SNOG
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Kind of butter used in lip gloss : SHEA
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One promising "to help other people at all times" : SCOUT
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Joe of the Eagles : WALSH
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Math columnist? : ADDER
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See 12-Down : GIFFORDS
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Nelson who wrote "A Walk on the Wild Side" : ALGREN
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Flock members : LAICS
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Pepsi Freeze is one of its flavors : ICEE
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Buffoon : ASS
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Big Swedish export : ABSOLUT
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Yarn label specification : DYELOT
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NEWS for the four directions, and others : ACROSTICS
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With 4-Down, congresswoman in 2011 news : GABRIELLE
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Destination of NASA's NEAR : EROS
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Tunes introducer? : LOONEY
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Destination of NASA's Dawn : CERES
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Under-the-sink fitting : PTRAP
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Seat of Alabama's Dallas County : SELMA
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Subject of a Latin hymn : DEUS
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Show impatience, as with the fingers : DRUM
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"So sad" : ITSASHAME
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Player of the new girl on the sitcom "New Girl" : DESCHANEL
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Run like a gazelle : BOUND
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Groups of scullers : CREWS
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Aegis : AUSPICES
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It's transported in phloem : TREESAP
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Legal injustice, informally : BUMRAP
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Exuberant Mexican exclamation : ARRIBA
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Endgame action : MATING
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Tunes player : RADIO
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Much-praised name : ALLAH
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Keep treating, as a sprain : REICE
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Uber-competitive : TYPEA
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Closing line that stays with you? : SCAR
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Grunt : PEON
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Some vintage sports cars : MGS

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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