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GRID-IRONY

New York Times, Sunday, February 1, 2009

Its stroke is "as a lover's pinch, which hurts, and is desired," per Cleopatra

Author:
Victor Fleming and Matt Ginsberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 23, Columns: 23 Words: 168, Blocks: 88 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 19 for Mr. Fleming. This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Ginsberg. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2009, The New York Times2/1/09 ( No. 21,635 )
Across
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To-do : STIR
5
Symptoms for a car mechanic : HUMS
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Some : ABITOF
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Big shots? : BELTS
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Decorated in ceramic, say : TILED
22
1980s hit-makers with a geographical name : ASIA
23
Hispanic "Sesame Street" character : ROSITA
24
Cousin of an aster : OXEYE
25
Holden's little brother in "The Catcher in the Rye" : ALLIE
26
Fire : ZEAL
27
Liquefied : MOLTEN
28
Agreeing (with) : ATONE
29
Fully constituted, as a session of Congress : PLENARY
31
Cool : HIP
33
*Airline for Lucille? : BALLCARRIER
35
Envoy : LEGATE
36
Locales for some paintings : CAVES
38
Name repeated in Woody Allen's "___ and ___" : MELINDA
39
Epoch : ERA
40
*Corned beef stains? : HASHMARKS
43
Competitor of Chambers, for short : OED
44
"54-40 or fight" candidate : POLK
48
Alternative to cable : DSL
49
Home of the War in the Pacific National Historic Park : GUAM
50
___ dixit : IPSE
53
Unwrap impatiently : RIPOPEN
55
Subject for Hume : MORALS
58
The Globe and others : THEATRES
61
Feudal superior : LIEGE
62
*Caution when boiling a 60-Down? : TWOMINUTEWARNING
65
Dwindle : RUNLOW
66
Like movies and hotels : RATED
67
___ the Great, leader of 1462-1505 : IVAN
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Inattention : NEGLECT
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Have ___ with : ANIN
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Two tablets, say : DOSE
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Punch : SOCK
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"Bleah!" : ICK
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Not quite right : OFF
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Swear words? : IDO
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Setting for the answers to the 10 starred clues : SUPERBOWLSUNDAY
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Natural do : FRO
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Go for the bronze? : TAN
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Tick (off) : TEE
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Present opener? : OMNI
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Godfather's voice, maybe : RASP
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Come from ___ : AFAR
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Tycoons, slangily : FATCATS
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Mech. ___ : ENGR
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Hollywood figure : AGENT
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Some golf fund-raisers : PROAMS
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*Chaperon's job? : PASSINTERFERENCE
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Proto-seed : OVULE
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Might : STRENGTH
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They put on shows : AIRERS
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"I think we should say no" : LETSNOT
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Score before winning a game, maybe : ADIN
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5 for B or 6 for C : ATNO
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Something to contribute to, for short : IRA
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European tongue : ERSE
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It may be tapped : KEG
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*Tersely edited epilogues? : TIGHTENDS
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Roman power : VIS
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Avon and others : STREAMS
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Agronomists' samples : SOILS
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Museum supporters : EASELS
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*Where everyone wears beige? : NEUTRALZONE
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Kind of sequencing : DNA
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"Great Expectations" girl : ESTELLA
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"No go" : IXNAY
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Some of the knights in Wagner's "Tannhäuser" : TENORS
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___ the boards (acted) : TROD
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Word sung twice before "to you and you and you" : ADIEU
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Dish name : PETRI
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It borders France : IBERIA
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"Holy cow!" : EGAD
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1983 Streisand role : YENTL
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"Kenilworth" author : SCOTT
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Packing a punch : POTENT
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Flout : DEFY
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Pause : REST
Down
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Bound, in a way : STAPLED
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Boat steerers : TILLERS
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*Rolling past a stop sign? : ILLEGALMOTION
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Spain's Isabel I, e.g. : REINA
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Vague, as a recollection : HAZY
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Milk : USE
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Hall-of-Fame forward : MIAHAMM
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Mouth watering? : SALIVA
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Branch : ARM
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Half-wit : BOOB
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What a crescent symbolizes : ISLAM
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Lord, e.g. : TITLE
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Verdi masterpiece : OTELLO
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Lovers : FANCIERS
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Daily meals : BOARD
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*Added comment? : EXTRAPOINT
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First pope called "the Great" : LEOI
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___ and Wear (English county) : TYNE
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Sibyl : SEER
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Its stroke is "as a lover's pinch, which hurts, and is desired," per Cleopatra : DEATH
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"An American Life" autobiographer : REAGAN
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___ se : PER
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"You ___" (1982 Eddie Rabbitt hit) : ANDI
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Castigate : CHASTISE
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Mogul negotiator : SKIER
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Takei's "Star Trek" role : SULU
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Month or year : SPAN
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European car : OPEL
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Kind of block : LEGO
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Had down pat : KNEW
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Ruckuses : STINKS
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White-tailed bird : ERNE
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Having gumption : PLUCKY
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Shooting star, maybe : OMEN
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Relieved (of) : RID
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Old "Up, up and away" sloganeer : TWA
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Cab's ancestor : HANSOM
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See 62-Across : EGG
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Quality : TRAIT
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Country singer Jackson : WANDA
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"Did I ___!" : EVER
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Sum up : RECAP
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They close at night : LIDS
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1993 triple-platinum Frank Sinatra album : DUETS
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The U.A.E. is in it : OPEC
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Totally dominate : OWN
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Lawyer's need : CLIENT
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*"That dress makes you look fat," e.g.? : OFFENSIVELINE
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F, monetarily : FRANC
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F, musically : FORTE
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Anther's place : STAMEN
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Pushed (around) : BOSSED
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Spur : URGE
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Talks through a film : NARRATES
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Golden ___ : AGER
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*Onset of a lie? : FALSESTART
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Just right : APT
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Scarlett's true love : TARA
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Ultimate : NTH
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It may come after you : ARE
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Barber's emblem : POLE
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KOA campground user : RVER
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Loopholes : OUTS
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Pique : SNIT
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Flavius's fire : IGNIS
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Eero Saarinen, by birth : FINN
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Diminishes bit by bit : ERODES
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Boot option : STEELTIP
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Member of the mallow family : OKRA
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How U.S. senators are elected : ATLARGE
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Small creeks : RILLETS
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Onslaught : ASSAULT
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Site of many an outdoor wedding : GAZEBO
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"My ___!" : GOD
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Suggested : HINTED
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Asian appetizer : SATAY
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"Have some!" : TRYIT
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London Parliament series painter : MONET
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Noise at night : SNORE
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Meal in Nisan : SEDER
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Barely defeats : NIPS
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Board member : EXEC
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A law ___ itself : UNTO
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Moran of "Happy Days" : ERIN
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Mini-whirlpool : EDDY
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Pre-coll. exam : SAT
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Blockhead : OAF

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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