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New York Times, Monday, February 9, 2009

Boob tube (and a hint to 17- and 65-Across and 11- and 30-Down)

Author:
Randall J. Hartman
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FKQZ} This is puzzle # 65 for Mr. Hartman. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2009, The New York Times2/9/09 ( No. 21,643 )
Across
1
French friends : AMIS
5
Four: Prefix : TETRA
10
"___ be a cold day in hell ..." : ITLL
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Make over : REDO
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Shake hands (on) : AGREE
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Heavy cart : DRAY
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1968 album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono : TWOVIRGINS
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Land of the so-called "Troubles" : EIRE
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Fashion designer Perry : ELLIS
21
Classic muscle car : GTO
22
Men whom women can't trust : CADS
23
It's measured in amperes: Abbr. : ELEC
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What a wizard casts : SPELL
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Umpire's call at the start of an inning : BATTERUP
32
Averts, with "off" : STAVES
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Word before Jordan or Canada : AIR
36
Kitchen wrap brand : SARAN
38
Words to live by : CREDO
39
Shah : Iran :: ___ : Russia : TSAR
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Boob tube (and a hint to 17- and 65-Across and 11- and 30-Down) : TVSET
43
Bridge or tunnel designer: Abbr. : ENGR
44
Santa's helpers : ELVES
46
Cybercommerce : ETAIL
48
Dubai and Abu Dhabi are part of it: Abbr. : UAE
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Oozed : SEEPED
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2009 Super Bowl champs : STEELERS
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Luxury Toyota make : LEXUS
55
Construction site watchdog, for short : OSHA
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Coffee, slangily : JAVA
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Succeeded at musical chairs : SAT
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Bewildered : ATSEA
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News item that often has a person's age in the headline : OBIT
65
Polynesian-themed restaurant chain : TRADERVICS
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"If all ___ fails ..." : ELSE
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White-feathered wader : EGRET
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2.54 centimeters : INCH
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Norman who created "All in the Family" : LEAR
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University officials : DEANS
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"A Death in the Family" author James : AGEE
Down
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Commedia dell'___ : ARTE
2
Whimper : MEWL
3
Fox's "American ___" : IDOL
4
Communist council : SOVIET
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Contents of a La Brea pit : TAR
6
Silly Putty holder : EGG
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Calc prerequisite : TRIG
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Landlords' due : RENTS
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"___ Fables" : AESOPS
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"Goodness gracious!" : IDECLARE
11
Courtroom : TRIALVENUE
12
Cooking grease : LARD
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Caustic compounds : LYES
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The British ___ : ISLES
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The "E" of Q.E.D. : ERAT
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Sneaky pitch : CURVE
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And so on: Abbr. : ETC
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___ Motel ("Psycho" setting) : BATES
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Airplane seating request : AISLE
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Document checked at the border : TRAVELVISA
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They might be checkered : PASTS
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___ Allan Poe : EDGAR
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Sensitive spots : SORES
37
"Keen!" : NEATO
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Fast-firing firearm : REPEATER
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Scores like 1-1 and 2-2 : TIES
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Reason for an R rating : SEX
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"The Merry Widow" composer : LEHAR
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Checked for fingerprints : DUSTED
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Riga's land : LATVIA
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"Beetle Bailey" boss : SARGE
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"Piano Man" performer Billy : JOEL
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Up to the task : ABLE
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"Gone With the Wind" plantation : TARA
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Do lullabies, e.g. : SING
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Behold, to Brutus : ECCE
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Former Davis Cup captain Arthur : ASHE
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Cozy room : DEN
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Visitors from Venus, say : ETS

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