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New York Times, Saturday, February 11, 2006

14-Across : He had a 2004 #1 hit "Drop It Like It's Hot"

Author:
David Quarfoot
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Quarfoot

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 29 Missing: {BJQWX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Quarfoot. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2006, The New York Times2/11/06 ( No. 20,549 )

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Across
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You may pretend to pick one : AIRGUITAR
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Chewed stimulant : COCA
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He had a 2004 #1 hit "Drop It Like It's Hot" : SNOOPDOGG
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Capital 12,000 feet above sea level : LAPAZ
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Willful ones? : TESTATORS
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"Take ___" (office order) : AMEMO
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NPR reporter Shapiro : ARI
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Title boy genius of a 1991 film : TATE
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It might be neutral : ZONE
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Gets hot : IRES
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"Who'da thunk it?!" : GEE
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One of Bolivia's official languages : AYMARA
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Campus grps. : ROTCS
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Surprises with a call : DROPSINON
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Adenauer's successor as German chancellor : ERHARD
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Word of admonishment : SHOULDNT
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Native New Yorkers : ERIES
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Taker of two tablets : MOSES
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No-parking area : FIRELANE
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Preferably : RATHER
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"Kiss Hollywood Good-by" memoirist : ANITALOOS
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Introduction to chemistry? : NEURO
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Virtuoso : SAVANT
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Idyllic spot : LEA
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Keypad locales : ATMS
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Dickens : HECK
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Middle-of-the-roaders: Abbr. : INDS
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Multiple of VI : CII
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Baked, in Bologna : COTTA
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Erroneous claim about a superhero : ITSAPLANE
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Fatty liquid : OLEIN
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Hoi polloi : THEMASSES
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Sable or Montego, for short : MERC
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It's graded subjectively : ESSAYTEST
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"Shall We Dance" co-star : ASTAIRE
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Not right : INERROR
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W.W. II icon on a 1999 stamp : ROSIETHERIVETER
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Landed : GOT
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"___ Oxford" (Ved Mehta memoir) : UPAT
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Name holder : IDTAG
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Blew the whistle : TOOTED
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Yes-men : AGREERS
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QB protectors : RGS
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Twinings offering : CAMOMILETEA
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It gets little consideration : OPENANDSHUTCASE
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Best Director of 1997 : CAMERON
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Kind of dye : AZO
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Dinner spinner? : LAZYSUSAN
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Bluff, maybe : SCARETACTIC
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"That's ___ excuse for …" : APOOR
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Word with white, red or black : ANT
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Rupee earner : SRILANKAN
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Volt per ampere : OHM
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Gave out : DEALT
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___-Off (windshield cover brand) : SNO
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Fourth steps in some sequences : FAS
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Stuck : INAHOLE
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Prehistoric stone chips : EOLITHS
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Some royal coats : ERMINES
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Like the best outlook : ROSIEST
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They can be overloaded : SENSES
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"Battlestar Galactica" commander : ADAMA
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Fix : SPAY
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Modern address part : COM
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Rock suffix : ITE
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E.T.O. transport : LST

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

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