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New York Times, Wednesday, November 6, 2013

"Let this be our little secret" ... with a hint to 18-, 23-, 50- or 54-Across

Author:
Jacob McDermott
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. McDermott. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Jacob McDermott notes:
The theme I came up with for this puzzle seemed to warrant a later in the week, lower word count grid which forced me to come out from ... read more
Will Shortz notes:

This puzzle has a fresh, terrific theme, and I like some of the fill, too, especially GHOST TOWN and ANY MINUTE.

Jeff Chen notes:
What a fantastic theme today! Years ago, I had toyed with BETWEEN YOU AND ME as a revealer for a puzzle, but mostly around phrases ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times11/6/13 ( No. 23,374 )
Across
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Bust targets : DRUGS
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Rumple : MUSS
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Group that inspired "Mamma Mia!" : ABBA
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Time for vampires : NIGHT
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[gasp!] : OHNO
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Johnny Unitas, for most of his career : COLT
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Can't take : ABHOR
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"Don't put words in my mouth!" : SAIDITNOT
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Requests a dog treat, maybe : SITSUP
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Hustler's card game : MONTE
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"I wasn't born yesterday!" : CANTFOOL
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Special Forces wear : BERETS
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Gives a stemwinder : ORATES
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Part of "snafu" : ALL
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"Sesame Street" viewer : TOT
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Soup with sushi : MISO
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Fleet : ARMADA
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"Let this be our little secret" ... with a hint to 18-, 23-, 50- or 54-Across : BETWEENYOUANDME
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Edict locale of 1598 : NANTES
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Contract period, often : YEAR
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Monopoly token : HAT
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A.P.O. addressees : GIS
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1966 answer to the Mustang : CAMARO
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Warren Report name : OSWALD
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"Wanna start somethin'?" : TALKINTO
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Swallower of Pinocchio : WHALE
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Take up residence : MOVEIN
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"Ooh, I'm shaking in my boots!" : DONTSCARE
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Lead-in to fan or jet : TURBO
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Best Picture of 2012 : ARGO
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Go a few rounds : SPAR
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Gaming pioneer : ATARI
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Big name in 59-Down exploration : HESS
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Like a spent briquette : ASHY
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George of "Just Shoot Me!" : SEGAL
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Kind of fingerprinting : DNA
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Slab unit, on a menu : RIB
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"Ewww, gross!" : UGH
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Tumbleweed locale, stereotypically : GHOSTTOWN
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Bitter conflict : STRIFE
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Rapid, in music : MOSSO
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Relo rental, perhaps : UHAUL
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Salon sound : SNIP
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Landscaper's purchase : SOD
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John Wilkes Booth, e.g. : ACTOR
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Easter wear : BONNET
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Stewed to the gills : BLOTTO
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Bear witness (to) : ATTEST
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Former Philippine first lady ___ Marcos : IMELDA
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How-___ : TOS
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Tangle untangler : COMB
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Indy racer Luyendyk : ARIE
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Tammany tiger creator : NAST
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Danube's color, to a Berliner : BLAU
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"Famous" cookie man : AMOS
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Small soldiers : ANTS
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Loaf with caraway seeds, maybe : RYE
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Very soon : ANYMINUTE
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Most holes in ones : EAGLES
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Camelot lady : ENID
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Admissions honcho : DEAN
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Five-and-ten, e.g. : MART
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Suffix with switch : EROO
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Elephant rider's seat : HOWDAH
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How driftwood may end up : ASHORE
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Banjo sounds : TWANGS
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The Cavs, on scoreboards : CLE
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Japanese police dogs : AKITAS
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Some saxes : ALTOS
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Ark contents : TORAH
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Animator Tex : AVERY
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Treasure-hunters' aids : MAPS
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Former pres. Tyler sided with it : CSA
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Dirt-dishing newspaper : RAG
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It can leave a tan line : BRA
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Texas tea : OIL

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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