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REVEREND SPOONER, U.S.P.S.

New York Times, Sunday, March 13, 2011

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 77 Missing: {JQ} Scrabble average: 1.70 This is puzzle # 140 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jim Horne notes:

The NYT published this correction: The crossword on March 13 provided an erroneous clue for 93-Across, seeking the answer "Nausea." The clue should have read, "Sartre novel" — not "Novel for which Sartre declined the Nobel Prize." (The award he declined in 1964 was for his body of work, not for that particular novel.)

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© 2011, The New York TimesNo. 0313 ( 22,405 )
Across
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Roast V.I.P.'s : MCS
4
Overall composition? : DENIM
9
Military funeral concluder : TAPS
13
Cars with floor-mounted ignitions : SAABS
18
Density symbol, in physics : RHO
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By itself : ALONE
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Kaaba visitor's faith : ISLAM
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Say grudgingly : ADMIT
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"I suppose it might seem odd that a reverend like myself would suddenly begin ___ ..." : MARRYINGTHEKALE
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Top-___ (golf ball brand) : FLITE
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"Dirt cake" ingredients : OREOS
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Equine-related : HORSY
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Gun it : SPEEDUP
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"... but I've always thought ___ had a more fun job than I do" : MOSTPASTORS
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"For an avid philatelist like me, sorting envelopes is thrilling - I might spot a ___!" : STAIRRAMP
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Kind of ceremony : AWARDS
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Show no modesty : BOAST
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Marvin of "Cat Ballou" : LEE
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Friday's rank: Abbr. : SGT
43
Had : ATE
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Poor writer's scribblings? : IOUS
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Indo-Europeans : ARYANS
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"When a man is nervous about shipping breakables, I tell him, '___ carefully, sir' ..." : CRACKYOURPATE
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Domino's order : PIE
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Whirlybird : CHOPPER
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Actress Peeples : NIA
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Big name in rum : BACARDI
59
Round-trippers, in sports lingo : HOMERS
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"... and I write '___' on the box, which seems to reassure him" : CANDLEWITHHAIR
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Cambridgeshire's ___ Cathedral : ELY
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Viking's destination : MARS
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Don Juan's mother : INEZ
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"___ had enough" : IVE
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"The best part of the job, of course, is when I'm out on the street ___" : RAKINGMYMOUNDS
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Drawers of war? : BOWMEN
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Mesabi Range export : IRONORE
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Tee-___ : HEE
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Remote place : NOWHERE
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Food label no. : RDA
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"I'm a bit leery of dogs - it's unsettling to enter a yard and hear some ___ at me ..." : GROUNDHOWLING
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From scratch : AFRESH
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Lover of light : MOTH
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Distress : AIL
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Old inits. in telecommunication : GTE
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Vegas casino hotel, with "the" : RIO
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The Bahamas' Great ___ Island : ABACO
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Novel for which Sartre declined the Nobel Prize : NAUSEA
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"... but dogs can't spoil how much I enjoy driving around in the ___" : TRAILMUCK
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"Homeowners get excited when they see me opening their ___ ..." : BETTERLOCKS
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Least bright : DENSEST
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Eighty-eight : PIANO
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Dry out : PARCH
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"The Hot Zone" topic : EBOLA
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"... and when I hand-deliver a package, the recipients are positively ___ - it's very satisfying!" : CHILLEDWITHFEAR
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Fountain drinks : COKES
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Berry of "Frankie and Alice" : HALLE
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Histrionics : DRAMA
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Poetic preposition : ERE
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Daisy variety : OXEYE
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Ugly situation : MESS
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Matches timewise, informally : SYNCS
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Acid : LSD
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1983 Michael Keaton comedy : MRMOM
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Single-named "Hollywood Squares" regular : CHARO
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Results of chafing : SORES
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Place to get a facial : DAYSPA
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Film director Roth : ELI
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Tours turndown : NON
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Having one sharp : ING
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Manner : METHOD
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Ziggurat features : TIERS
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Interviews : ASKS
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Finishes : PLAYSOUT
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___ ammoniac : SAL
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More guarded : SAFER
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Onetime Freud collaborator : ADLER
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Queen in the "Star Wars" saga : AMIDALA
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Asphalt ingredient : BITUMEN
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Open terrain : STEPPES
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Desert landforms : MESAS
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Flummery : ROT
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___ de combat : HORS
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It comes from the heart : PITAPAT
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Comes to : AWAKES
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Forest flutist : SATYR
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Palm phone : TREO
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Hit with a charge : TASE
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Flapper's wrap : BOA
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Bookish type : SCHOLAR
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Soviet foreign affairs minister during the Cuban missile crisis : GROMYKO
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Answering machine insert : TAPE
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2010 Apple release : IPAD
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Rolling in green : RICH
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Triumphant cry : YEAH
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Revivalism? : CPR
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Leave weaponless : UNARM
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Bygone Tide rival : RINSO
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French sweetie : CHERI
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Industry, slangily : BIZ
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Wardrobe items : RAIMENT
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Fork : DIVERGE
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Dunne of "My Favorite Wife" : IRENE
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Small island : CAY
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It's closeted : LINEN
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Put the kibosh on : ENDED
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Film director Craven : WES
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Title for de Staël: Abbr. : MME
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On the subject of : INRE
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Moves a head? : NODS
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Golden ___ (General Mills product) : GRAHAMS
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"Forget it!" : UHUH
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Striking player : BOWLER
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Symbol of Athena : OWL
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Lincoln while in Congress, e.g. : WHIG
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Babel : NOISE
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Car financing inits. : GMAC
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Where prisoners swing picks : ROCKPILE
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Ear: Prefix : OTO
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___ monde : HAUT
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Like the GE Building : ARTDECO
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Locomotive furnace : FIREBOX
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Lost Colony's island : ROANOKE
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Companion of Rex and Rover : BUTCH
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Bird that may nest on volcanic ash : NENE
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Unable to agree : ATODDS
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Pack leaders : ALPHAS
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R&B's ___ Brothers : ISLEY
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Car dealer's offering : LEASE
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Farmland rolls : BALES
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Bungling fool : OAF
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Fishing accoutrement : CREEL
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1980s-'90s Chrysler offerings : KCARS
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Iota : SHRED
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Woes : ILLS
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Mugger on stage : HAM
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Not straight : WRY
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Novelist McEwan : IAN
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Station for cinephiles : TMC

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 7 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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