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New York Times, Monday, November 29, 2010

Author:
Elizabeth A. Long
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Elizabeth A. Long

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JVZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Ms. Long. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

Unusual for a Monday, many people had trouble parsing this theme. The central theme answer is HEAD BAND. The HEAD (that is the front or the first word) of each long answer is the name of a BAND: Queen, Kiss, Traffic, and Cream.

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I
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D
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L
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E
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B
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O
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S
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H
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N
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O
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A
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H
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R
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D
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X
P
O
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G
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A
L
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S
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L
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A
P
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W
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Q
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L
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C
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W
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L
I
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I
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G
O
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K
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D
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R
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D
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Y
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H
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B
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F
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O
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C
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L
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S
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C
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C
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T
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I
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H
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C
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A
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T
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H
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R
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P
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L
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D
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P
F
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H
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L
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O
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R
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© 2010, The New York TimesNo. 1129 ( 22,301 )
Across
1
"___ hands are the devil's tools" : IDLE
5
"Nonsense!" : BOSH
9
Webster of Webster's dictionary : NOAH
13
Do library study : READ
14
Convention center event, for short : EXPO
15
Romance or sci-fi : GENRE
16
Priestly robes : ALBS
17
___ year (period of 366 days) : LEAP
18
Pitchers : EWERS
19
Wildflower from which the cultivated carrot originated : QUEENANNESLACE
22
"When ___ See You Again" (1974 #2 hit) : WILLI
23
AOL or MSN: Abbr. : ISP
24
Former C.I.A. chief Porter ___ : GOSS
26
Enzyme suffix : ASE
27
Something that is ultimately ruinous : KISSOFDEATH
31
Cincinnati baseball team : REDS
33
Homer Simpson exclamation : DOH
34
Nervous : ANTSY
35
With 37-Across, hair accessory ... or a literal hint to 19-, 27-, 47- and 56-Across : HEAD
37
See 35-Across : BAND
39
___ point (very center) : FOCAL
42
Kind of sauce : SOY
43
Bank no. : ACCT
47
Orange item set out by a highway crew : TRAFFICCONE
51
"Bali ___" ("South Pacific" song) : HAI
52
It may hit a bull's-eye : DART
53
Nearly worthless amount : SOU
54
Region : REALM
56
Very best : CREAMOFTHECROP
60
Toboggans : SLEDS
61
"Drat!" : PFUI
62
Taj Mahal city : AGRA
63
11 ___ and spices (KFC secret ingredients) : HERBS
64
German river where American and Soviet forces met in 1945 : ELBE
65
Bridle strap : REIN
66
"___ can you see ...?" : OSAY
67
Marsh plant : REED
68
German three : DREI
Down
1
It started in 2003 with the bombing of Baghdad : IRAQWAR
2
Comic actor Dom : DELUISE
3
Tagged for identification : LABELED
4
1950s Ford flop : EDSEL
5
Lugosi of horror films : BELA
6
Plow team : OXEN
7
"Cómo está usted?" language : SPANISH
8
[Keeping fingers crossed] : HOPESO
9
Incoming administration's to-do list : NEWAGENDA
10
Minimal paint job : ONECOAT
11
Nabs : ARRESTS
12
"___ Just Not That Into You" (2009 film) : HES
15
Hair goop : GEL
20
Suffix with refuse : NIK
21
Letters on a Coppertone bottle : SPF
25
"Once bitten, twice ___" : SHY
28
Boise's home: Abbr. : IDA
29
Lawn base : SOD
30
Aykroyd of the Blues Brothers : DAN
32
Handed a raw deal from : SHAFTEDBY
36
Santa helper : ELF
37
Hiss accompanier : BOO
38
Literary Rand : AYN
39
Bouquets-to-order co. : FTD
40
Magic 8 Balls, e.g. : ORACLES
41
Classic Porsche model : CARRERA
42
Fight that's less than a brawl : SCUFFLE
44
San Diego footballer : CHARGER
45
Some diet drinks have one : CALORIE
46
Kettledrums : TIMPANI
48
Doctrine : ISM
49
Author James Fenimore : COOPER
50
Before, poetically : ERE
55
Modern greeting form : ECARD
57
Long-eared equine : ASS
58
Toothpaste holder : TUBE
59
Hurried : HIED
60
"___ 'nuff" : SHO

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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