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New York Times, Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 56 for Ms. Lempel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jim Horne notes:

Ms. Lempel is stirring up controversy yet again, bless her cheeky soul. Is MID-ASS TOUCH at 25 Across cute, clever, or offensive? The New Yorker weighs in.

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Across
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Flimflam : FRAUD
6
Char, as a steak : SEAR
10
Handy roll-outs at sleepovers : COTS
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___ on (sentence shortener) : ANDSO
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SeaWorld performer : ORCA
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Some : AFEW
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Throat lozenge for low-voiced opera stars? : BASSRELIEF
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See 43-Across : NCAA
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Museum piece : RELIC
21
Certain weasel : STOAT
22
Course with many unknowns: Abbr. : ALG
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Cause of a sexual harassment complaint? : MIDASSTOUCH
28
Dorm-mates, e.g. : ROOMIES
30
Social finale? : ITE
31
Way to go: Abbr. : RTE
32
Its logo includes its name in blue letters in a yellow oval : IKEA
33
Is miserly : STINTS
35
Talk about pitchers and quarterbacks? : DISCUSSTHROWERS
41
Pullman features : BERTHS
42
Class with a skeleton in the closet?: Abbr. : ANAT
43
The Cavaliers of the 19-Across : UVA
45
Mate's approval : AYE
46
"Far out!" : AWESOME
49
Pub with no karaoke? : SINGLESSBAR
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Kitchen meas. : TSP
53
Grad students' grillings : ORALS
54
Dodges, perhaps : AUTOS
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Woodsy scent : PINE
57
Admission provider for a kissing booth? : BUSSTICKET
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Flair : ELAN
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1968 winner of the 43-Down : ASHE
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Give birth, as a whale : CALVE
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Eliot who pursued Capone : NESS
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Top dog : HEAD
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Home of Middle East University : AMMAN
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Terrif : FAB
2
Coded material : RNA
3
Some Super Bowl highlights : ADS
4
Red state, once : USSR
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"The Sound of Music" tune : DOREMI
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Some foods for growing babies : SOLIDS
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Co-anchor Hill of "The Early Show" : ERICA
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Crackerjack pilot : ACE
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U.K. military arm : RAF
10
Main section of a long poem : CANTO
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"No way!" : OFCOURSENOT
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Precursor to a memorable Boston party : TEAACT
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Wrap in bandages : SWATHE
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Nobelist Wiesel : ELIE
21
Exec's note taker : STENO
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Lifeless : ARID
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Crafty Norse god : LOKI
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Loses it : GOESBANANAS
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Foes of the Jedi : SITH
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Commotion : STIR
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Ceremonial rod : MACE
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Urban grid: Abbr. : STS
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Start of a Clement Moore classic : TWAS
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Range extending from the Arctic to Kazakhstan : URALS
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Eye annoyance : STYE
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"___ the Boss" (Mick Jagger album) : SHES
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Crashes into : RAMS
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Fred Astaire move : STEP
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Annual tournament played in N.Y.C. : USOPEN
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Manly : VIRILE
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Mistreated : ABUSED
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James with an electrical unit named after him : WATT
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Beethoven's Third, popularly : EROICA
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Valleys : GLENS
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One of the Obamas : SASHA
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Con game : SCAM
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Cantankerous cry : BAH
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"What's the ___?" : USE
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Alphabetic trio for fliers : KLM
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Powerful Perón : EVA
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Sum of the first three prime numbers : TEN

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle.

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