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New York Times, Saturday, December 10, 2016

Runner-up to "Baby Got Back" on VH1's "40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the '90s"

Author:
Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Byron Walden

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 27 Missing: {FJQW} This is puzzle # 83 for Mr. Walden. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2016, The New York Times12/10/16 ( No. 24,504 )

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Across
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"Summer's joys are ___ by use": Keats : SPOILT
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Bugaboos : PETHATES
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Play with an imaginary friend : HARVEY
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Leader in a suit? : EXHIBITA
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Elvira's love, in opera : ERNANI
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Sicilian Italian and others : DIALECTS
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Rub elbows with, say : STANDNEXTTO
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More than staggers : KOS
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Setting for many a political rally : GYM
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Film set schlepper : GRIP
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Just : MERE
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Extremely endomorphic : OBESE
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Three sheets to the wind : SNOCKERED
31
Ambassador sent by the Vatican : NUNCIO
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Crow : GLOAT
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Gallery habitué : ESTHETE
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Comedian who voiced the lead in "The Secret Life of Pets" : LOUISCK
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Analogue of Lot's wife in Greek mythology : NIOBE
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Sri ___ : LANKAN
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Runner-up to "Baby Got Back" on VH1's "40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the '90s" : IMTOOSEXY
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"Go ahead, you got me" : IGIVE
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"And a Voice to Sing With" memoirist : BAEZ
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"JAG" spinoff : NCIS
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A.L. West team, on scoreboards : LAA
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Masthead listing, for short : EDS
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Certain choke in wrestling : SLEEPERHOLD
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Pay off gradually : AMORTIZE
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Tour schlepper : ROADIE
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Like Robinson Crusoe : MAROONED
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Justice who wrote the unanimous decision in United States v. Nixon : BURGER
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Spies : SNOOPERS
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Directs (to) : STEERS
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Hall & Oates hit that asks "What went wrong?" : SHESGONE
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It rocks as it rolls : PARTYBUS
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Holiday ball : ORNAMENT
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The middle Karamazov brother : IVAN
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Impart : LEND
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Getting even with : TYING
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Sign of the cross? : PEDXING
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Election night news : EXITPOLL
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"So ___ happened" : THAT
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U.S. city whose name looks like a form of poker : HILO
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Prime minister who helped his country land the 2020 Summer Olympics : ABE
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Crawl on CNBC : TICKER
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Automotive pioneer Bugatti : ETTORE
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Got lippy with : SASSED
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Medevac destinations, informally : ERS
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Apportioning : METING
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Beak : SCHNOZ
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Trailer for farm animals? : EIEIO
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Dissipate, as ardor : COOL
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Island home to the Sleeping Giant mountain : KAUAI
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Plains tribe : OTOS
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___ Baptist Church, where M.L.K. Sr. and Jr. preached : EBENEZER
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Where you might warm up after a run : SKILODGE
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Supercilious : CAVALIER
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Workers making lots of dough? : KNEADERS
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Tops : EXCEEDS
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Building supports : IBEAMS
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Gogol's Aksenty Poprishchin, per the title : MADMAN
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San Antonio-based refinery giant that acquired Arco in 2013 : TESORO
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Little bark : YIP
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Spenders of 100-dinar notes depicting Nikola Tesla : SERBS
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Subway ___ : STOP
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Subway ___ : LINE
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Blowout : ROUT
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Fast runner : HARE
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Baby boomer, in Aussie slang : ROO

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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