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INSIDE DOPE

New York Times, Sunday, December 20, 2009

Author:
Alan Arbesfeld
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alan Arbesfeld

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 68 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 87 for Mr. Arbesfeld. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2009, The New York TimesNo. 1220 ( 21,957 )
Across
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Crib cry : WAAH
5
N.B.A. Hall-of-Famer Thomas : ISIAH
10
Like some waves : TIDAL
15
Pillow cover : SHAM
19
Jessica of "Fantastic Four" : ALBA
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Where to go for the big bucks? : RODEO
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Item on a toothpick : OLIVE
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La ___, Calif. : MESA
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It has a large canopy : RAINFOREST
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Average Joes : PLAINFOLKS
27
Connected with : TIEDINTO
28
Rugby action : SCRUM
30
Where 7-Eleven is headquartered : DALLAS
31
Counter view? : STOOLS
33
Christmas sounds : HOS
34
"Finished!" : ALLDONE
35
Republicans in 2008 : MCCAINFOLLOWERS
40
See 104-Across : SEATS
41
William ___, longtime editor of The New Yorker : SHAWN
42
Increase : GOUP
43
Mastroianni's co-star in "La Dolce Vita" : EKBERG
45
V.I.P. locale : DAIS
46
Six-Day War hero : DAYAN
48
"Me too" : SODOI
50
Battery option : AAA
53
Bruin great : ORR
54
Lab inspector? : VET
55
Busboy's assignment : NAPKINFOLDING
59
Lincoln trademark : STOVEPIPE
62
One who might be left holding the bag? : AIDE
63
Sesame Street resident : ERNIE
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Lay to rest : INTER
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N, E, W and S : PTS
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Title role for Arnold Schwarzenegger : CONAN
69
French seaport : BREST
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Not orig. : IMIT
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"You bet" : OKEYDOKEY
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Stop a trip? : REGAINFOOTING
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Avenue ___ Champs-Élysées : DES
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Charlotte of "Diff'rent Strokes" : RAE
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Big name in kitchen utensils : OXO
85
Boy's name that means "the king" : ELROY
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Horace, e.g. : ODIST
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Goes to hell : ROTS
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Attack, bear-style : CLAWAT
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British gun : STEN
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___ Vivien, British poet known as the Muse of the Violets : RENEE
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Makeup boo-boo : SMEAR
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Rafael Nadal specialty : TOPSPINFOREHAND
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Associate : CONSORT
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"Gotcha!" : AHA
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With 40-Across, some Election Day prizes : SENATE
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Wild : UNTAME
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Lead-in to phobia : AGORA
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"Fa la la la la la la la la" and others : REFRAINS
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Expect, everything considered : BARGAINFOR
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Unite : JOINFORCES
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Whitaker's Oscar-winning role : AMIN
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Army of the Potomac commander during the Civil War : MEADE
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Seething : ABOIL
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Put in the ground, in a way : SOWN
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Director Vittorio De ___ : SICA
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Prize for Paganini : STRAD
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Country singer Travis : MERLE
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Tolkien tree creatures : ENTS
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Target of salicylic acid : WART
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Jai ___ : ALAI
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Title fellow in a 1922 Broadway hit : ABIE
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Shop tools : HANDSAWS
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Like some transfers : IRONON
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In a way : SORTOF
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Communism, for one : IDEOLOGY
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Two-time loser to D.D.E. : AES
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Intense attraction, with "the" : HOTS
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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc., on a standard keyboard : TOPROW
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Mistreatment : ILLUSE
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Geom. measure : DIAM
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Prefix with fauna : AVI
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Three-time U.S. Open champion : LENDL
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Barely contain one's anger : SMOLDER
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"Oh, you're back" : HELLOAGAIN
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Obliquely : ASKANT
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Hoi polloi, with "the" : MASSES
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Belong : FITIN
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Like some starts : FALSE
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Dice : CHOP
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Everett of "Citizen Kane" : SLOANE
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Request from : ASKOF
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Windows precursor : MSDOS
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Patient record : CHART
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Home of the mask of King Tutankhamen : CAIRO
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Old Coney Island's ___ Park : LUNA
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Frequent Borat target : REDNECK
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Library section, for short : BIO
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State, e.g.: Abbr. : DEPT
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Play to ___ : ATIE
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Takes to the hills? : SKIS
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Meteor trailer? : OID
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"Wheel of Fortune" request : ANI
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Obituary datum : AGE
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20-ounce coffee size : VENTI
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Page of music : PATTI
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Does Rudolph's job : LEADS
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1962 film set partly on Crab Key : DRNO
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Discover alternative : VISA
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Before : PRIORTO
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"A woman's ___ often opens the door to love": Henry Ward Beecher : PITY
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Lib. references : OEDS
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Dmitri's denial : NYET
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Good pal : BRO
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Reagan White House dog : REX
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Having I trouble? : EGOCENTRIC
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Jersey call : MOO
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Nash and others : OGDENS
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Money in Malmö : KRONA
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Put away : EATEN
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Was sycophantic to : YESED
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Just out : NEW
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Scruggs's partner in bluegrass : FLATT
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"Don't look at me!" : NOTI
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Second-rate : INFERIOR
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Run through : REHEARSE
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Trattoria offering : LASAGNA
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Kitchen draw : AROMA
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Lock horns (with) : SPAR
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Back in : RETRO
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Explores with a tank : SCUBAS
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French term of address : MONAMI
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Taoists' locale : PAGODA
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Held (up) : SHORED
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Low soccer score : ONENIL
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Fund-raising option : RAFFLE
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Old French coronation city : REIMS
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Miles off : AFAR
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Stuck, after "in" : AJAM
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Che Guevara, e.g. : ICON
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House speaker between Tom and Dennis : NEWT
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Some employment records: Abbr. : SSNS
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It's not gross : NET
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U.K. award : OBE

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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