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New York Times, Tuesday, March 13, 2012

65-Across : Assassin in black

Author:
Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 41 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2012, The New York Times3/13/12 ( No. 22,771 )
Across
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Above : OVER
5
Badly rough up : MAUL
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Despot's desire : POWER
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Wife whose face was never seen on "Cheers" : VERA
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Art Deco artist : ERTE
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Response to "Am not!" : ARESO
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Awestruck : AGOG
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Tons : ALOT
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Group valuing high I.Q.'s : MENSA
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*"Everyone off!" : LASTSTOP
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*Exactly right : SPOTON
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NATO part: Abbr. : ATL
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Put-it-together-yourself company : IKEA
26
Toon Mr. ___ : MAGOO
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*Often-restricted zone : AIRSPACE
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Thanksgiving side dish : YAM
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Cow catcher : LASSO
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Loft's locale : BARN
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*Bag remover, of a sort : EYELIFT
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*Jumper alternative : SETSHOT
42
Singers of "Voulez-Vous" and "Waterloo" : ABBA
43
Heroic Schindler : OSKAR
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Many a "Star Trek" officer: Abbr. : ENS
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*Wrestling move : HEADLOCK
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Good to go : READY
51
Norse prankster : LOKI
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Limit : CAP
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*Deckhand, e.g. : SEAMAN
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Unfruitful paths ... or a description of both words in the answers to the seven starred clues? : DEADENDS
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"In the raw," "in the red" or "in the running" : IDIOM
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Architect with an avian name : WREN
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Cancel : XOUT
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Assassin in black : NINJA
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When repeated, a Polynesian island : BORA
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Heroine in one of Salinger's "Nine Stories" : ESME
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Four Holy Roman emperors : OTTOS
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U.S.M.C. truant : AWOL
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"Man and Superman" playwright : SHAW
Down
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Ellipsoidal : OVAL
2
Singer Suzanne : VEGA
3
Cupid's Greek counterpart : EROS
4
Shabby : RAGTAG
5
Beefy entree : MEATLOAF
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Janis's partner in the funnies : ARLO
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Shangri-las : UTOPIAS
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Court cry : LET
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Patagonian plains : PAMPAS
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Snack with a Double Stuf variety : OREO
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Departed : WENT
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Gas brand with a tiger symbol : ESSO
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Horse hue : ROAN
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Popular vodka, informally : STOLI
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Sun. message : SER
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Mall info source : KIOSK
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Evasive response : MAYBE
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Tiny creature : AMEBA
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"Masterpiece Theatre" network : PBS
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Reacted to a massage, maybe : AAHED
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Old pal : CRONY
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"The Lord of the Rings" tree creatures : ENTS
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"Woo-hoo!" : YEAH
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Keep on the shelves : STOCK
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Boy : LAD
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What an otoscope explores : EARCANAL
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Tire feature : TREAD
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Hobos' hangout : SKIDROW
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Alpaca cousins : LLAMAS
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Suffix with ball : OON
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High points : APEXES
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___-Soviet relations : SINO
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Move text around : EDIT
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Isn't incorrect? : AINT
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"Mr. ___ Risin'" (Jim Morrison biography) : MOJO
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Architect Saarinen : EERO
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Snack : NOSH
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Russian legislature : DUMA
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Beefy entree : STEW
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Ring org. : WBA

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