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New York Times, Thursday, December 11, 2014

R&B artist with the hits "So Sick" and "Because of You"

Author:
Joe DiPietro
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe DiPietro

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 121 for Mr. DiPietro. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Jeff Chen notes:
X through Y phrases, visually represented by two crossing answers. CUTS (through) THE CLUTTER, PULLS (through) IN THE CLUTCH, SLIP ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times12/11/14 ( No. 23,774 )
Across
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Have a role to play : ACT
4
Part of GTO : GRAN
8
Make indebted : OBLIGE
14
Tokyo stage shows : NOH
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Hoped-for review : RAVE
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"Beats me" : NOIDEA
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Highlight of Beethoven's Ninth : ODETOJOY
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Throws out : EXPELS
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Chip variety : NACHO
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Defeat : WORST
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Cleanup target : STY
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Togs with red tags : LEVIS
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Aerial anomaly : UFO
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Lunch order with sauerkraut : REUBEN
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Elude a person's grasp : SLIP
30
USA competitor : TBS
33
Measure of brightness : IQTEST
34
Digs for pigs : PENS
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What could loosen up a lot? : HOE
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Has an ad that really stands out : CUTS
37
What Germany's leader lacks? : HARDG
39
Arctic ___ : TERN
40
Stick on a table? : CUE
41
Lacoste of tennis : RENE
42
One of a group of singing brothers : EDAMES
44
Medit. country : ISR
45
Retin-A treats it : ACNE
46
Biochemical sugar : RIBOSE
47
Like arts and crafts: Abbr. : PLU
48
Ain't spelled out? : ISNOT
49
Expert with books, for short : CPA
52
Succeeds when it matters most : PULLS
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Making a feeble effort : GOING
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East Asian stew : HOTPOT
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Gin fizz ingredient : CLUBSODA
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Brand name in immunity boosting : ESTERC
62
Fox's partner on "The X-Files" : DANA
63
Old service site, informally : NAM
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Top : ZENITH
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It's blue : SMUT
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It's blue : SKY
Down
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Before long, quaintly : ANON
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Opus ending : CODA
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See 36-Across : THECLUTTER
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They're on the record : GROOVES
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British rule in India : RAJ
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Says for certain : AVOWS
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R&B artist with the hits "So Sick" and "Because of You" : NEYO
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See 29-Across : ONESFINGERS
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Some proofs of purchase : BOXTOPS
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Fat ___ : LIP
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Each month has one : IDES
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Loot : GELT
13
"Whoa now!" : EASY
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Ancient site of the Luxor Temple : THEBES
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Like notepaper and kingdoms : RULED
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See 52-Across : INTHECLUTCH
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Christina of "Sleepy Hollow" : RICCI
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1975 Tony-winning play with a Latin name : EQUUS
29
Bender : SPREE
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See 54-Across : THEMOTIONS
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Yawn inducers : BORES
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Touch, for one : SENSE
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Invalidate : ANNUL
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Many of the Ten Commandments : TABOOS
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Bond : RAPPORT
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Ditz : DINGBAT
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Cat Stevens's surname, now : ISLAM
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Bistro name starter : CHEZ
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It may be struck : POSE
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Memo abbr. : ATTN
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Some HDTV screens : LCDS
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State bordering Can. : NDAK
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Like wild boar : GAMY
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Can. province not bordering the U.S. : PEI
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Longtime Burmese P.M. : UNU

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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