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New York Times, Saturday, November 3, 2018

Classic blues song with the line "I'd rather be dead than to stay here and be your dog"

Author:
Ryan McCarty
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 62, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJKQZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. McCarty. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Ryan McCarty notes:
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© 2018, The New York Times11/3/18 ( No. 25,197 )
Across
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"I Am ___" (2013 best-selling autobiography) : MALALA
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Deals : PACTS
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1998 Paul Simon/Derek Walcott musical, with "The" : CAPEMAN
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Party leader : EMCEE
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Jaguar's coat, e.g. : CARPAINT
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Apple ___ : CORER
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Classified : WANTAD
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Little put-down : DIG
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Exorcism, e.g. : RITE
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[Yawn] : IMTIRED
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Addictive pain reliever : VICODIN
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Baby during its first four weeks : NEONATE
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"Do something funny!" : AMUSEME
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Nick name : DORATHEEXPLORER
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Rapper with the 5x platinum album "... And Then There Was X" : DMX
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"Crime and Punishment" setting : SAINTPETERSBURG
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Low : IGNOBLE
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U.S. women's soccer star Megan ___ : RAPINOE
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Sporty Pontiac of old : TRANSAM
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Dark and forbidding : STYGIAN
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MacFarlane of "American Dad!" : SETH
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Capital of the U.S. from 1785 to 1790, in brief : NYC
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Thick, as toilet tissue : TWOPLY
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Members of familles : PERES
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Tried to follow : EMULATED
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Company that once had tremendous "quarterly" profits? : ATARI
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Light crimson : ROSERED
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"Fiddler on the Roof" Oscar nominee : TOPOL
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Showed signs of congestion, maybe : SNORED
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First name of two Wimbledon winners in the 1980s and '90s : MARTINA
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Political organization : APPARAT
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Shepherds, in the Bible : LEADETH
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Le Pen pal? : AMI
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International treaty subject : LAND
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Ones not calling the shots? : ANTIVAXXERS
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Chest part, informally : PEC
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Lovingly, in scores : AMOROSO
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Classic blues song with the line "I'd rather be dead than to stay here and be your dog" : CCRIDER
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When to start on a course : TEETIME
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Less stressed : SERENER
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Singer in Jewish services : CANTOR
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Small part : CAMEO
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Tucker out, in a way : WIND
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Hobble : GIMP
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Press secretary who inspired C. J. Cregg of "The West Wing" : DEEDEEMYERS
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___-de-sac : CUL
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Graduate of a Red Cross training course, for short : EMT
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Resists change : SITSPAT
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Go along with : AGREETO
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Stuck : INATRAP
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Ordinary joe : NONHERO
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"Full Frontal With Samantha Bee" network : TBS
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Word with game or building : PLAN
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One letting you know before going for a bite? : RATTLER
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Some malicious programs : SPYWARE
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Intolerant : BIGOTED
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One-footed creature : UNIPED
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South Pole discoverer Amundsen : ROALD
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Millennials, by another name : GENY
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"Seriously?!" : CMON
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Part of R.S.V.P. : SIL
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Morale-boosting grp. : USO

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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