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STATE ANNEXATION

New York Times, Sunday, February 5, 2012

Author:
Charles M. Deber
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Charles M. Deber

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 80 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 36 for Mr. Deber. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jim Horne notes:

This puzzle has a wonderfully creative angle I've never seen before. State abbreviations are added to certain answers to provide information for other clues.

So, for example, at 6-Across, "Posed (for)" is SAT. Then, at 33-Down, we see "6-Across near Indianapolis?" Add IN (the abbreviation for Indiana) to SAT to get SATIN, making the answer for 33-Down SMOOTH FABRIC.

Correction: Errors in NYT puzzles are extremely rare but this crossword has one. The clue for 30 Across reads "New Jersey town bordering Rahway" and the answer is ISELIN. It turns out they're very close together but they don't actually touch. You can see for yourself in these closeup maps of Iselin and Rahway.

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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 0205 ( 22,734 )
Across
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Superfluous : EXTRA
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Posed (for) : SAT
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Follow persistently : DOG
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Tiny blob : AMOEBA
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Charms : WILES
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The Beatles' "All ___ Got to Do" : IVE
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Old White House nickname : IKE
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Badly beaten up : MAULED
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45-Down near Baton Rouge? : EXCITEMENT
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124-Across near Dover? : GARDENTOOL
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___ contendere : NOLO
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Flower girl? : DAISY
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New Jersey town bordering Rahway : ISELIN
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Photo ___ : OPS
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Swindle : CON
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Hindu title : SRI
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___ Brava : COSTA
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CD-___ : ROM
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117-Down near Salem? : OPERASINGER
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When sung three times, part of a Beatles refrain : YEAH
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Bellyache : GROUSE
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Seine summers : ETES
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First name? : ADAM
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Starch-yielding palm : SAGO
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Old TV knob : CONTRAST
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How Shakespeare's Rosalind dresses : ASAMAN
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Sign by a theater ticket booth : SRO
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Smithereens : BITS
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1-Across near Hartford? : CONCENTRATE
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Blouse, e.g. : TOP
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Still broken, say : UNHEALED
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Confirms : AVERS
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"Ancient Mariner" verse : RIME
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Bad-mouthed : DEFAMED
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Bitchin' : PRIMO
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Sun spots : SOLARIA
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Inter ___ : ALIA
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Dante e Boccaccio : POETI
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Rack for a rifle : GUNSTAND
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Toss-up? : LOB
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114-Down near Boise? : SPLITSECOND
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Santa ___ (desert winds) : ANAS
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Get it wrong : ERR
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Certain implants : STENTS
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Role in "Nicholas and Alexandra" : RASPUTIN
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TV police drama : NCIS
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Comics canine : ODIE
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11 or 12, but not 13 : HOUR
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Paint choice : ENAMEL
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"___ teaches you when to be silent": Disraeli : TACT
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76-Down near Springfield? : PODDEDPLANT
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Mugful, maybe : ALE
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Actor Quinn : AIDAN
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Before, in verse : ERE
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Pioneer in quadraphonic music : RCA
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Caustic soda : LYE
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Against : VERSUS
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Badge earner : SCOUT
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This and that: Abbr. : MISC
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61-Across near Phoenix? : BIRTHSTONE
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9-Across near Boston? : MORALTENET
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Critter whose name comes from Nahuatl : OCELOT
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Cookout item : BUN
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Roll of bills : WAD
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Bring out : EDUCE
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Assails : BESETS
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Staff ___: Abbr. : SGT
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Whirlpool : SPA
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Exorcism target : DEMON
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Farm mother : EWE
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Women's suffrage Amendment : XIX
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Pampering, for short : TLC
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Pull (in) : REIN
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Regarding the price : ASTOCOST
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Jazzy Nina : SIMONE
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Boston's Mass ___ : AVE
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Lean : TEND
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Doesn't budge : DIGSIN
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"Sure!" : OKAY
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E.U. member : GER
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"What ___!" : AMESS
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"Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe" artist : MANET
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Expenditures : OUTLAYS
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"The Time Machine" people : ELOI
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"___ your toes!" : BEON
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B'nai B'rith grp. : ADL
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Romeo or Juliet : ELOPER
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French cup : TASSE
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Many a museum display : DIORAMA
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It might be blue, green or brown : IRIS
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Assn. : ORG
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Like a sty denizen : PORCINE
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6-Across near Indianapolis? : SMOOTHFABRIC
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Some conifers : CEDARS
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Do over, as a lawn : RESOD
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Abbr. before a colon : ATTN
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Prefix with -pod : GASTRO
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119-Across near Albany? : EASTERANIMAL
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Prefix with business : AGRO
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Basketball rim : HOOP
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Open : UNSEAL
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Housemother, e.g. : MATRON
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Passed easily : ACED
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Weak : ANEMIC
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Armstrong and Sedaka : NEILS
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Pal : BUD
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Light touch : CARESS
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Certain online request : EVITE
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Not quite right : AMISS
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Arrive at too quickly, in a way : LEAPTO
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"Hakuna ___" : MATATA
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In one's cups : POTTED
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Brewskis : SUDS
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How a fool acts : INANELY
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Spots : ADS
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Bird wing : PINION
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Knot : GNARL
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Spring time : LENT
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Large-toothed whale : ORCA
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Paraded by : LEDPAST
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"Is she not down so late, ___ so early?": "Romeo and Juliet" : ORUP
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Number 2, e.g. : PENCIL
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Still to be sampled : UNTASTED
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Shock : STARTLE
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Sub : HERO
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Site of a Greek tragedy : ODEUM
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Big name in jeans : LEE
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Respectable : DECENT
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Naval force : ARMADA
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"___ the Sheriff" : ISHOT
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Tidies up a bit : DUSTS
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Number two : VICE
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"Tu ___ mi amor" : ERES
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Cozy : SNUG
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Drags : TOWS
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Give up : CEDE
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Weave's partner : BOB
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Maternity ward workers, for short : OBS
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Hip-hop : RAP
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Deut.'s preceder : NUM
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Environmental prefix : ECO
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Perfect rating : TEN

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 6 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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