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New York Times, Friday, November 4, 2011

55-Across : 1994 sci-fi film about an alien artifact

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 25 Missing: {QVXZ} This is puzzle # 154 for Mr. Berry.
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© 2011, The New York Times11/4/11 ( No. 22,641 )
Across
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Leave the pad, say : BLASTOFF
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Rustle up some food : FORAGE
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___ Brewster, beleaguered nephew in "Arsenic and Old Lace" : MORTIMER
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Grammy-winning 1996 Beck album : ODELAY
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How some legal conversations are held : INCAMERA
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Newly christen : RENAME
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Touch up : NEATEN
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African migrators : GNUS
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"The Amazing Race" network : CBS
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Born earlier : OLDER
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Neeson of "Taken" : LIAM
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Decision : CALL
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Some distillery products : RYES
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Lunchtime queueing spot : DELI
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Metaphorical crowd : THREE
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Dodges, as an obligation : WEASELSOUTOF
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Gets bent out of shape : DEFORMS
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Shirt or skirt : GARMENT
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R&B "drinking song" covered by Ray Charles : ONEMINTJULEP
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Shoots in the foot, say : LAMES
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Yarn unit : HANK
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Buddyroo : CHUM
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"You've got a deal!" : IMIN
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OS X runners : MACS
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What a cookie cutter cuts : SHAPE
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Large amount : TON
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What stars might indicate : RANK
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Foul ball's landing spot, often : STANDS
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The DC-10 was one : TRIJET
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While : ASLONGAS
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"Gone With the Wind" actor Howard : LESLIE
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1994 sci-fi film about an alien artifact : STARGATE
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Controversial one-act play by Mamet : EDMOND
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Visited a vacation house, maybe : SUMMERED
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Bach's "Mass in ___" : BMINOR
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Unfrequented : LONELY
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Establishment with children's quarters? : ARCADE
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Leading ladies? : STATESWOMEN
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Proctor's need : TIMER
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Sign : OMEN
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"___-de-Lance" (debut of Nero Wolfe) : FER
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Warning on a box : FRAGILE
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Discussion venue : FORUM
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High-flown tributes : ODES
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1990s cartoon dog : REN
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Without sides, you might say : ALACARTE
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Take the risk of : GAMBLEON
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Marching order : EYESLEFT
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Shooters on the boards? : NAILGUNS
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Symbol above the comma on a keyboard : LESSTHAN
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Amount scarcely worth arguing over : CHUMPCHANGE
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Confounded : DAMN
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Ruptured : TORE
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Ninth-largest body known to orbit the sun : ERIS
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La Jolla's ___ Institute for Biological Studies : SALK
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Doctor in Hugh Lofting tales : DOLITTLE
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Lovestruck : ENAMORED
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Doctrine associated with Betty Friedan : FEMINISM
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Contemptible fool : JACKASS
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Craft store? : HANGAR
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Bit of new info : UPDATE
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Blundered, with "up" : MESSED
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Out of the game, in chess : MATED
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One tracked by radar : STORM
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Curb : REIN
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Close with a bang : SLAM
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2001 album featuring "Love Don't Cost a Thing" : JLO
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___ Redman, hero of Stephen King's "The Stand" : STU

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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