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New York Times, Monday, November 4, 2013

Camp classic by the Weather Girls ... or a homophonic hint to 3-, 8-, 26- and 31-Down

Author:
John Lieb
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQV} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Lieb.
John Lieb notes:
This puzzle came about when, for no particular reason, I was considering songs that start with "It's" (It's Not Unusual, It's So Easy, ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
I don't usually run punny themes on Mondays, but this one felt simple enough to still be appropriate for the easiest day of the week. ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Hilarious theme today. Took me a while to figure out what was going on, especially for a Monday, but when I finally uncovered ITS ... read more
1
O
2
A
3
K
4
B
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R
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A
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S
8
C
9
O
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F
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F
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S
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B
E
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M
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X
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I
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C
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L
L
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G
I
N
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W
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I
N
D
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N
T
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Y
O
G
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I
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D
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S
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K
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S
E
X
E
S
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N
U
A
N
26
C
E
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R
A
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N
T
S
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R
U
H
R
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A
L
C
A
T
31
R
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A
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Z
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L
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O
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S
A
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N
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K
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I
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E
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U
S
H
E
R
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A
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A
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T
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A
C
O
S
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M
S
U
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L
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O
G
I
N
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I
S
H
O
T
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P
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R
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M
E
S
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N
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I
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C
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A
M
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G
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D
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R
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M
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M
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Z
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O
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N
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P
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S
M
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G
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E
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E
C
O
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N
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I
N
T
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R
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L
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N
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I
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P
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© 2013, The New York Times11/4/13 ( No. 23,372 )
Across
1
Tree with acorns : OAK
4
Garment under a blouse : BRA
7
Expresses derision : SCOFFS
13
"___ Mir Bist Du Schön" (1938 hit) : BEI
14
Dress that covers the ankles : MAXI
16
Lassie, for one : COLLIE
17
___ and tonic : GIN
18
Droop in the heat : WILT
19
Set off from the margin : INDENT
20
Lead-in to Bear or Berra : YOGI
22
Post-monologue spot for Jay Leno : DESK
24
Male and female : SEXES
25
Shade of meaning : NUANCE
27
Diatribes : RANTS
29
German coal region : RUHR
30
Former penitentiary in San Francisco Bay : ALCATRAZ
34
"___ luck!" : LOTSA
36
Japanese camera : NIKON
37
Anger : IRE
38
One with a leading role? : USHER
39
Santa ___ winds : ANA
40
Tex-Mex fare with shells : TACOS
42
East Lansing sch. : MSU
43
Get access, as to a protected site : LOGIN
45
"___ the Sheriff" (Eric Clapton #1 hit) : ISHOT
46
Grated cheese : PARMESAN
48
Ancient Peruvian : INCA
49
In the midst of : AMONG
50
"Oh my stars!" : DEARME
53
Miata maker : MAZDA
56
Prefix with present : OMNI
58
BlackBerrys and Palms, for short : PDAS
59
Mark that might be left with greasy fingers : SMUDGE
61
Supply-and-demand subj. : ECON
63
Monthly entry on a bank statement: Abbr. : INT
64
Say O.K., begrudgingly : RELENT
65
Western mil. alliance : NATO
66
Wedding words : IDO
67
Dried plums : PRUNES
68
Imbecile : ASS
69
Prankster : IMP
Down
1
Maternity ward doc : OBGYN
2
Group to which "Y" is sometimes added : AEIOU
3
"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" protagonist : KINGARTHUR
4
Mini Cooper maker : BMW
5
Oakland N.F.L.'er : RAIDER
6
Wheel turner : AXLE
7
Astron., e.g. : SCI
8
Eponym of the city now known as Istanbul : CONSTANTINE
9
Like St. Augustine vis-à-vis all U.S. cities : OLDEST
10
Show off at Muscle Beach : FLEX
11
Alternative to a jail sentence : FINE
12
Tennis units : SETS
15
Camp classic by the Weather Girls ... or a homophonic hint to 3-, 8-, 26- and 31-Down : ITSRAININGMEN
21
Occupied, as a bathroom : INUSE
23
Alpo alternative : KALKAN
26
So-called "Father of Europe" : CHARLEMAGNE
28
Sgt., e.g. : NCO
31
Shakespeare play that begins "Now is the winter of our discontent" : RICHARDIII
32
Suffix with buck : AROO
33
Joie de vivre : ZEST
34
"One ___ or two?" : LUMP
35
Greece's Mount ___ : OSSA
36
1998 Winter Olympics host : NAGANO
41
Musical alternative to B.M.I. : ASCAP
44
Bear: Sp. : OSO
47
Infuriate : MADDEN
48
Imbeciles : IDIOTS
51
Bit of candy that "melts in your mouth, not in your hand" : MANDM
52
Legally prevent : ESTOP
53
Car showroom sticker inits. : MSRP
54
The "A" in U.S.A.: Abbr. : AMER
55
South African native : ZULU
57
Sweet 16 org. : NCAA
60
Many "Star Trek" extras, for short : ETS
62
1, 2, 3, etc.: Abbr. : NOS

Answer summary: 1 debuted here and reused later.

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