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REEL-LIFE ANNIVERSARY

New York Times, Sunday, February 23, 2014

1980s-'90s series based on the fictional firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak

Author:
A Namesake of 119-Across
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Victor Fleming
The other Victor Fleming

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 70 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 39 for Mr. Fleming.
Victor Fleming notes:
At the age of six, watching the credits roll after the annual TV airing of The Wizard of Oz, I saw "Directed by Victor Fleming" on the screen. "Mother," I shouted, "my name's on TV." She ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times2/23/14 ( No. 23,483 )
Across
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Bush judicial appointee : ROBERTS
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Quarterbacks, often : PASSERS
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Bush judicial appointee : ALITO
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Professional tennis since 1968 : OPENERA
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Rank : ECHELON
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Singer with the album "Live at the Polynesian Palace" : DONHO
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Time for the best deals, maybe, in a going-out-of-business sale : LASTDAY
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*1939 Judy Garland film : THEWIZARDOFOZ
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There was a great one in Genesis : FLOOD
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One-named designer : ERTE
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Lava comes out of it : FISSURE
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Kind of car or tee : MUSCLE
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Appear suddenly : POPOUT
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Slaughter in the 1946 World Series : ENOS
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*1933 Jean Harlow film : BOMBSHELL
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"Nuts!" : DARN
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Gator's tail? : ADE
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D-backs, on scoreboards : ARI
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Daily riser : TIDE
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How things may be brought : TOHEEL
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Pass : ENACT
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Restful places : INNS
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Each : PER
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*1943 Spencer Tracy/Irene Dunne film : AGUYNAMEDJOE
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Is threatening, in a way : LOOMS
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Colorist : DYER
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Self-absorbed sort : SOLIPSIST
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Hit : STRUCK
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Some kitchenware : POTS
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Call from a curb : TAXI
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Sprint competitor, once : GTE
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*1939 Vivien Leigh/Clark Gable film : GONEWITHTHEWIND
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___ king : ALA
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Sprint : TEAR
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Word of agreement : SURE
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2000s events in North Korea, for short : NTESTS
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Provider of music on the go? : CARSTEREO
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Court grp. : USTA
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Footnote abbr. : OPCIT
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*1942 Spencer Tracy/Hedy Lamarr film : TORTILLAFLAT
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Odist's preposition : ERE
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When repeated, a Polynesian capital : PAGO
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Publish : ISSUE
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Drinkers' toasts : SKOALS
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Brother of George W. and Jeb : NEIL
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Award for Miss Hawaii, in addition to a tiara : LEI
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Summer hrs. : DST
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Snow queen in Disney's "Frozen" : ELSA
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*1948 Ingrid Bergman film : JOANOFARC
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Elegance : LUXE
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eBay user : BIDDER
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Certain newspaper advertisement : INSERT
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Like Christiane Amanpour, by upbringing : IRANIAN
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Pub containers : MUGS
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Perfect, as a home : DREAM
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Director of the eight starred films in this puzzle, who was born on 2/23/1889 : VICTORFLEMING
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Torrey Pines Golf Course locale : LAJOLLA
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Suffer humiliation, in slang : EATIT
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Comeback : RIPOSTE
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Brooks Robinson's team : ORIOLES
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Sitcom with a 1974 wedding : RHODA
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Foreign traveler's purchase, maybe : ADAPTOR
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Source of the line "What's past is prologue," with "The" : TEMPEST
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Massage therapeutically : ROLF
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___-blue : OPAL
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"I should ___ lucky" : BESO
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Put into a sepulcher : ENTOMB
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*1932 Clark Gable/Jean Harlow film : REDDUST
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La-la lead-in : TRA
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Perhaps : SAY
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Migratory seabird : PETREL
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Vier + vier : ACHT
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What Babe wants to be in "Babe" : SHEEPDOG
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Finish (up) : SEW
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New Haven reuner : ELI
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"Frasier" role : ROZ
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Major glitch : SNAFU
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Puts together : ADDS
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Things that should be tied up by the curtain? : LOOSEENDS
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Playfully : INFUN
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Complete, informally : THORO
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Transudes : OOZES
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Beatles title girl : RITA
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Queen of literature : ELLERY
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Send off : SHIP
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Gave up : CEDED
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Birthplace of 22-Across : OAHU
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Hunts, with "on" : PREYS
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Lacking variety : ONENOTE
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Gives up, in slang : BAILS
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"Then again, I could be wrong" : ORNOT
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Adult's counterpart : MINOR
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Obsessed with : DEEPINTO
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Fortunetelling aids : TAROTS
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1980s-'90s series based on the fictional firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak : LALAW
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Doing ___ (dancing springily) : AJIG
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Basis in accounting : COST
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Head to Paris? : TETE
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Overly confident : SMUG
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Recipe instruction : MIXIN
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Wiry-coated terriers : SCOTTIES
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Lead-in to Pen, commercially : EPI
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Genuflect : KNEEL
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Night that "Friends" aired: Abbr. : THU
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Swashbuckles, say : STRUTS
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Some London lords : EARLS
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Effected, in a bad way : WREAKED
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"___ ba-a-ack!" : HES
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"Ed Wood" star : DEPP
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When the story begins, perhaps : ACTI
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1960s U.S. bombing target : LAOS
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Flight board info: Abbr. : ARRS
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Milan's La ___ : SCALA
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Go-getter : TIGER
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Unemotive : STOIC
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Means of access to a cafeteria, maybe : STUDENTID
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In past centuries : OFOLD
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Joint parts : TENONS
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Specialties : AREAS
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Give off coherent light : LASE
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Overreacting sort : ALARMIST
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Essen article : EINE
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*1925 Percy Marmont film : LORDJIM
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One way to the top : TBAR
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Pub measure : JIGGER
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1960s western sitcom : FTROOP
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Chopped ___ : LIVER
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___ Heep (Dickens character) : URIAH
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Blade brand : XACTO
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Red opening? : INFRA
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Bit : IOTA
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"Render ___ Caesar ..." : UNTO
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Shelfmate of Vogue : ELLE
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Tavern stock : ALES
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Place for a topgallant : MAST
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Lash holder : LID
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Green monitor, for short? : EPA
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Finish (up) : MOP
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Fate : LOT
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"___ we done?" : ARE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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