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New York Times, Saturday, November 7, 2009

Author:
Bob Klahn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bob Klahn

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JX} This is puzzle # 58 for Mr. Klahn. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

This is generally considered to be the most difficult puzzle of 2009.

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© 2009, The New York TimesNo. 1107 ( 21,914 )
Across
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Peter who wrote "Underboss" : MAAS
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Squarely : SPANG
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Landlocked Muslim land : MALI
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"Down ___" (1967 Janis Joplin song) : ONME
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Cheyenne Kid portrayer : LARUE
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Where Aldous Huxley taught George Orwell : ETON
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"Little Diane" singer, 1962 : DION
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___ blue, color named after a first daughter : ALICE
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Like some friends : FAST
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"That's really cheap!" : ITSASTEAL
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West Coast N.F.L.'er : NINER
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Insubstantial : FROTHY
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Appeal from a diplomat : DEMARCHE
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Mississippi river named by La Salle : YAZOO
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Local operation? : UNIONSHOP
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En ___ (by the rules: Fr.) : REGLE
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Well-armed predators? : OCTOPI
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Sink : SET
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Base of a column : SUM
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Lopsided : WRY
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Flushed : RED
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As different as night and day, e.g. : CLICHE
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The Who's "Live at ___," 1970 double-platinum album : LEEDS
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Harem slave : ODALISQUE
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A slew : RAFTS
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Don Quixote type : ROMANTIC
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Single shot : PELLET
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Flivver : CRATE
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Reluctantly accept : GIVEWAYTO
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See 55-Across : HART
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World capital at the foot of Mount Vitosha : SOFIA
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Remark from a draft dodger? : BRRR
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With 52-Across, lead female role in TV's "Peter Gunn" : EDIE
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Dead ringer? : KNELL
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Wall-plastering material : LOAM
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Hubbub : ROAR
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Harmonize : AGREE
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It may be found near a drain : EDDY
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Reshape : MODIFY
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Dancer in a suite : ANITRA
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"A Tale of Love and Darkness" author, 2003 : AMOSOZ
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"Damn Yankees" chorister : SENATOR
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Dull blue-gray : SLATY
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Cadaverous : PALE
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Strauss heroine from classical myth : ARIADNE
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Cores : NUCLEI
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"Oh, I don't know" : GEE
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Selfish : MEFIRST
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Not likely to go with the flow : ATANCHOR
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Despair : LOSEHOPE
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Doughty : INTREPID
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Low finish? : SHOESHINE
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"The Bungalow Mystery" solver : NANCYDREW
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English sculptor Henry : MOORE
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1805 Napoleonic victory site : ULM
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Partygoer : GUEST
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Hard-hit line drive : SCORCHER
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The first complete navigation of the Amazon was in search of this : ELDORADO
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Liqueur reputedly named for a noblewoman's chambermaid : TIAMARIA
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Baby : WEE
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Racket : CLATTER
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"Doctor Faustus" character : LUCIFER
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Ready to move : SALABLE
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Chinese meditative practice : QIGONG
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Casting option : FLYROD
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Four-note chord : TETRAD
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Not at all fair : STORMY
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Artist Rembrandt : PEALE
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Flagitious : VILE
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Music genre of the English Beat and the Specials : SKA

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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