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New York Times, Thursday, December 28, 2006

1967 hit with the repeated lyric "Yes I am / And I can't help / But love you so"

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Ed Early
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 51 for Mr. Early.
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© 2006, The New York Times12/28/06 ( No. 20,869 )
Across
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Extensive spread : FEAST
6
Start of a quote on obstinacy by James Russell Lowell : THE
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"Nothing in Common" star, 1986 : HANKS
14
Steven Bochco series : LALAW
15
Gearwheel tooth cutter : HOB
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Nicholas Gage book : ELENI
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"Far ___ eye …" : ASTHE
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Tribe encountered early in the Lewis and Clark expedition : OTO
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Central point : NAVEL
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Kind of camera : STILL
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Fam. member : REL
22
Place for fishing : CREEK
23
Ruffled, with "up" : HET
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Quote, part 2 : FOOLISH
27
Upstate N.Y. college : RPI
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Having a surly demeanor : CRUSTY
30
1967 hit with the repeated lyric "Yes I am / And I can't help / But love you so" : IMAMAN
32
Quote, part 3 : ANDTHEDEADALONE
36
Orchestra section : REEDS
37
Zulfikar ___ Bhutto, 1970's Pakistani leader : ALI
38
"Phooey!" : NERTS
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Vets, e.g.: Abbr. : DRS
40
Home : ABODE
42
Hook shape : ESS
43
When said three times, comment of annoyance : NAG
45
Bit of neckwear : LEI
48
Quote, part 4 : NEVERCHANGE
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End of the quote : THEIROPINIONS
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1977 biographical Broadway play : GOLDA
56
Last: Abbr. : ULT
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Greek porches : STOAS
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Intermediary : AGENT
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Bottom line : SUM
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Some guitar playing, slangily : LICKS
62
German dessert : TORTE
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Adelaide-to-Melbourne dir. : ESE
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Upper sky : ETHER
Down
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Learning device : FLASHCARD
2
Earliest person to see a sunrise, typically : EASTERNER
3
Cockpit readings : ALTITUDES
4
Stand-up comic famous for carrying a rolled-up newspaper onstage : SAHL
5
Months of the year, e.g. : TWELFTHS
6
Lead-in to fare : THORO
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Monopoly purchase : HOTEL
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Stopping place in a Carlo Levi title : EBOLI
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Cohort : HENCHMAN
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Bygone spray : ALAR
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Opposite of eternally : NEVERMORE
12
Quaint school togs : KNEEPANTS
13
Hair quality promised by some shampoos : SILKINESS
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"___ gods …!": Brutus, in "Julius Caesar" : OYE
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Imogene's comic partner : SID
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Abbr. in a Bible's name : STD
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McSorley's offering : ALE
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Tiny bit : DAB
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"Evil Woman" grp., 1975 : ELO
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Good Samaritan's offering : AID
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Golden ___ : AGER
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Flair : ELAN
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"You ___ bother" : NEEDNT
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Fly : AVIATE
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Isolate : ENISLE
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Outfielder's cry : IGOTIT
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Sabre or Senator : NHLER
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Get up : ROUSE
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A little better than average : CPLUS
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Vegas request : HITME
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Pioneering musician in stereo ___ Light : ENOCH
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How food may be ordered at a restaurant : TOGO
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Benefit : SAKE
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Rod : GAT
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Old geog. inits. : SSR

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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