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New York Times, Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Band with the 2007 #1 album "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank"

Author:
Bill Thompson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Thompson.
Bill Thompson notes:
The germ for this theme was MUCKETY-MUCK, which I thought was an interesting entry to build a theme around. In sorting through the ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
This puzzle has an unusually specific theme — familiar phrases in the form MA- MA-, ME- ME-, MI- MI-, etc. I hope solvers don't notice ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I'll admit, I was underwhelmed by this puzzle theme at first, thinking it was composed of straightforward M and M phrases. Not that I ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times12/10/13 ( No. 23,408 )
Across
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Czech or Pole : SLAV
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Make use of : DRAWON
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Ring org. : WBA
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Commercial prefix with postale : AERO
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Pal of Pooh : EEYORE
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Pipe joint with a 90-degree turn : ELL
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Pen with a fat felt tip : MAGICMARKER
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Not firm ground to stand on : BOG
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Weaver's apparatus : LOOM
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Come to pass : OCCUR
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All-star lineups : DREAMTEAMS
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Zap with light : LASE
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Pal of Pooh : ROO
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Aboriginal healers : MEDICINEMEN
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Writer Quindlen : ANNA
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One barred from bars : MINOR
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Annual Vicksburg pageant : MISSMISSISSIPPI
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___ worms : CANOF
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Board of directors hirees, for short : CEOS
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Band with the 2007 #1 album "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank" : MODESTMOUSE
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Rap's Dr. ___ : DRE
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Country subject to 2006 U.N. sanctions : IRAN
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Like Lombard Street in San Francisco : SERPENTINE
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Plain or peanut candy : MANDM
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Suffer from : HAVE
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Company name ending : INC
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Pooh-bah : MUCKETYMUCK
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Certain special FX : CGI
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What Darth Vader serves, with "the" : EMPIRE
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"Let us ___" : PRAY
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See 65-Down: Abbr. : SEN
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Showed mercy to : SPARED
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Cashier's tray : TILL
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Cooke of soul : SAM
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Meadow : LEA
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Evita's land: Abbr. : ARG
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"Behold!" : VOILA
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Bump down : DEMOTE
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Really chewed out : REAMED
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Firth of Clyde port : AYR
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Moo goo gai pan pan : WOK
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Prospector's quest : ORE
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Peter on a piano : NERO
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Video chat necessity : WEBCAM
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Garment traditionally buttoned on the left side : BLOUSE
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Nelson who wrote "The Man With the Golden Arm" : ALGREN
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Ways and Means, e.g.: Abbr. : COMM
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White-collar job? : CLERIC
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Apothecary unit : DRAM
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Rice-A-___ : RONI
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Many ages : EONS
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Sets one's sights on : AIMSFOR
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Early 12th-century year : MCII
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50-Down and others : SINS
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Prohibitions : NOS
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Go up : ASCEND
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More, in Madrid : MAS
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Certain gridiron stats: Abbr. : INTS
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Certain : SOME
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Mani-___ : PEDI
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NSFW material : PORN
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Words often said with a nod : ISEE
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Apes : MIMICS
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Actual color of an airplane's black box : ORANGE
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1978 Bob Fosse musical : DANCIN
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Higher calling? : UPHERE
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Like fortunate subway riders : SEATED
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Green-eyed monster : ENVY
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Entice : TEMPT
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Sras., across the Pyrenees : MMES
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One behind home plate, informally : UMP
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Balancing expert, in brief? : CPA
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Aperitif with white wine : KIR
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State sch. in the smallest state : URI
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Berkeley school, informally : CAL
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Jon ___, former 69-Across from Arizona : KYL

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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