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New York Times, Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Author:
Gareth Bain
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Swimmer Kristin ___, the first woman to win six gold medals at a single Olympics
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Gareth Bain

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 39 Missing: {FGJQZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Bain. Wednesday freshness: 26%
Gareth Bain notes:
All crossword constructors are in it for the records right? I'm hoping this goes down as "earwormiest NYT crossword". You do have that ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
How Gareth Bain, a South African, understands American crosswords — and culture — so well, I will never understand. This is his 12th ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I was glad to read Gareth's note, as my ineptitude with pop music did me in today. I was trying to figure out if the four songs were ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times11/5/14 ( No. 23,738 )
Across
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React to a haymaker : REEL
5
"Song of the South" appellation : BRER
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Pair on a yawl : MASTS
14
Take the edge off : ALLEVIATE
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Many a Greenlander : INUIT
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1964 hit for Manfred Mann : DOWAHDIDDYDIDDY
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Is the first act : OPENS
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Perpendicular to vert. : HOR
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It sells, it's said : SEX
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Home in the sticks? : NEST
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Viagra rival : CIALIS
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1968 song from the Beatles' "White Album" : OBLADIOBLADA
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ID thief's target : SSN
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Flick with a duel, maybe : OATER
36
Small wonder? : ATOM
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1965 hit for the Dixie Cups : IKOIKO
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1954 hit for the Chords : SHBOOM
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What snobs put on : AIRS
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Place for high living? : AERIE
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Golf club V.I.P. : PRO
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1994 hit for the Crash Test Dummies : MMMMMMMMMMMM
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Introduce to the mix : STIRIN
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Like a legal deposition : ORAL
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"They're ___ Delicious!" (Alpha-Bits slogan) : ABC
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Ex-president Tyler sided with it: Abbr. : CSA
59
Super : PRIMO
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1973 song by the Rolling Stones subtitled "Heartbreaker" : DOODOODOODOODOO
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"Beats me" : DUNNO
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Hollywood's Hollywood and Vine do it : INTERSECT
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Dish sometimes served au poivre : STEAK
68
Swimmer Kristin ___, the first woman to win six gold medals at a single Olympics : OTTO
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Amor's counterpart : EROS
Down
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Cause of some poisoning : RADON
2
Pursue "I do's" when the parents say "don't"? : ELOPE
3
Cary who played Robin Hood : ELWES
4
Makeshift shelter : LEANTO
5
eBay action : BID
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Bollywood star Aishwarya ___ : RAI
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Flight board abbr. : ETD
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Feature of one nicknamed "Ginger" : REDHAIR
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Leaf's central vein : MIDRIB
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Singer DiFranco : ANI
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Beer, slangily : SUDS
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Sand castle's undoing : TIDE
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River ferried by Charon : STYX
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Pre-DVD format : VHS
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Modern acronym meaning "carpe diem" : YOLO
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"Cool" guy : CAT
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Chemical suffix : IDE
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Hearty slice : SLAB
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___ choy (Chinese cabbage) : BOK
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Vientiane native : LAO
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Surmounting : ATOP
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Symbol of opportunity : DOOR
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Armory supply, informally : AMMO
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Pre-1939 atlas name : SIAM
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Milk option : SKIM
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Standard : NORM
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Ideologies : ISMS
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Alastair of "A Christmas Carol" : SIM
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Tailor's edge : HEM
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Medium for much political talk : AMRADIO
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U.K. record label : EMI
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Watergate inits. : RMN
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Highest peak in N.Z. : MTCOOK
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Soup served at a sushi bar : MISO
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Down in the dumps : MOROSE
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Equestrian, e.g. : RIDER
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BP merger partner of 1998 : AMOCO
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Pillages : LOOTS
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Introduces to the mix : ADDS
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Ring event : BOUT
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Baskin-Robbins order : CONE
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___ favor (Spanish "please") : POR
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"CSI" test subject : DNA
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It borders four Great Lakes: Abbr. : ONT
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Mel with 511 homers : OTT
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To God, in hymns : DEO

Answer summary:
2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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