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REAR-END COLLISIONS

New York Times, Sunday, March 18, 2012

Author:
Mike Nothnagel and Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 23, Columns: 23 Words: 170, Blocks: 87 Missing: none. This is puzzle # 54 for Mr. Nothnagel. This is puzzle # 64 for Mr. Walden. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 0318 ( 22,776 )
Across
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Spanish girls : CHICAS
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Label for unmentionables? : ETCETERA
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Burro, e.g. : PACKANIMAL
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Lower : DEMOTE
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Like some collisions : THREECAR
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"For real!" : IMEANIT
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Hero of an old Scottish ballad : TAMLIN
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When the pressure's on : CRUNCHTIME
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Avails oneself of : TURNSTO
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Face-offs : DUELS
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Bottom line? : HEM
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Yoo follower : HOO
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Heart : GIST
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Godzilla, e.g. : MONSTER
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Epitome of simplicity : ABC
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One of the "Desperate Housewives" : BREE
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Formal/informal reply to "Who's there?" : ITSI
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Daredevil Knievel : EVEL
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Lampoons : SENDSUP
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Big media event : PRESSCONFERENCE
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Hike the price of, perhaps : RETAG
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Cultivate, in a way : HOE
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Four front? : TETRA
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Snoops (around) : POKES
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Widely popular shows, say : CROWDPLEASERS
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Bunting is part of it : SQUEEZEPLAY
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Old French coin : ECU
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Beknighted souls? : SIRS
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Roy of country music : ACUFF
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Draft pick? : ALE
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An affront : SLAP
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Sources of pollen grains : STAMENS
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Letter-shaped opening in some pistons : TSLOT
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Diaper wearer : INFANT
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Some morning fund-raisers : PANCAKEBREAKFASTS
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"The Closer" airer : TNT
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"___ me!" : SEARCH
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Last place you'll see a bachelor : ALTAR
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Jumbo combatants : SUMOS
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Meyerbeer output : ARIAS
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Suffered a financial setback, slangily : ATEIT
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Irk : NEEDLE
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Gen ___ : XER
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Late rallies : CLUTCHPERFORMANCES
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It involves a trip to the underworld : AENEID
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Stares slack-jawed : GAPES
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Stuck : INASPOT
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Al dente, say : FIRM
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It's not liquid : GAS
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It's not liquid : SOLID
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Blue material : SMUT
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Dander : IRE
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Car safety feature : CRUMPLEZONE
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Data storage device : COMPACTDISC
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Was manic : RAVED
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Pulls down : EARNS
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Decalogue possessive : THY
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Boxer Ali : LAILA
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Mexican cooking ingredients called "flores de calabaza" in Spanish : SQUASHBLOSSOMS
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Barely gets : EKESOUT
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___ rat : MALL
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Echelon : TIER
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Arles affirmatives : OUIS
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Murder, ___ : INC
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Special delivery : PREEMIE
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Half brother of Athena : ARES
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1950 film in which Frank Bigelow investigates his own murder : DOA
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Hawaiian souvenir? : TAN
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Kofi of the U.N. : ANNAN
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Driver's aid : ROADMAP
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Diamond substitute : PINCHRUNNER
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First estate : CLERGY
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Put into motion : ACTUATE
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Rah-rah : ENTHUSED
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Crossed the tarmac : TAXIED
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Occasions to try out riffs : JAMSESSIONS
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Peeping Tom's home : COVENTRY
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Raga instruments : SITARS
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OK setting in the summer : CDT
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Go (to) : HEADOVER
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Protected against : IMMUNETO
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Clambake dish : COLESLAW
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Skewed : ATILT
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Picks up : SENSES
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Impress clearly : ETCH
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Sewing machine parts : THREADERS
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Orts : CRUMBS
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Poetic period : EEN
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High-___ : TECH
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Letter after delta : ECHO
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Tangent, e.g. : RATIO
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French weapon : ARME
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Feels for : PITIES
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Entertains : AMUSES
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Diploma, e.g.: Abbr. : CERT
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Neighbor of Mo. : KAN
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Manchester's St. ___ Church : ANNS
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"Nobody else is coming" : IMIT
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Choir voice : ALTO
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E.T.S. offering : GRE
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Former Ford offering, for short : MERC
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Runs through : REHEARSES
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Doesn't get taught a lesson? : CUTSCLASS
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Aberdeen hillside : BRAE
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Dirt : INFO
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Storytelling Studs : TERKEL
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New York lake : SENECA
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Freezes over : ICESUP
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They might be held at a sewage plant : NOSES
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Members of a Connecticut tribe : PEQUOTS
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Aisle or window, e.g.: Abbr. : PREF
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Part of a medical bill : COPAY
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Pharmaceutical company that developed Metamucil and Dramamine : GDSEARLE
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Clump of grass : TUFT
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Toy piano sound : PLINK
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Remedy for acid reflux : ZANTAC
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Seasonal helper : ELF
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Petitions : PLEAS
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Request : ASKFOR
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Unmoving machine parts : STATORS
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Cross : SPAN
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88-Across, for one : TALE
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Part of a.m. : ANTE
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Scottish inventor and road builder John Loudon ___ : MCADAM
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Hooked (up) : TEAMED
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J.F.K., e.g. : INITS
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Very serious, as an accident : NEARFATAL
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Habitual teeth grinding : BRUXISM
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Aligned : TRUED
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Change, as keyboard keys : REMAP
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Dos + tres : CINCO
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Newsworthy 1950s trial, informally : HTEST
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Item of winter sports equipment : ALPINESKI
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Climb, as a rope : SHIMMYUP
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Road designer, e.g.: Abbr. : ENGR
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Italian turnover : CALZONE
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Confine : PENUP
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Water in the Oise : EAU
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Attendee : GOER
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Primarily : FIRST
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Syrian's neighbor : IRAQI
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"Side by Side by Sondheim," e.g. : REVUE
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Poetry contests : SLAMS
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Area near Little Italy : SOHO
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Bank offerings, in brief : CDS
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Change in Mexico : PESOS
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It can help you get inside someone's head : CTSCANNER
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Followed : CAMENEXT
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Jamaican coffee liqueur : TIAMARIA
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Bonnie and Clyde contemporary : DILLINGER
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Item at a bakery : SCALE
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Corn unit : EAR
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Hamlet confidant : HORATIO
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Many Bics : BLUEPENS
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Medical suffix : OSIS
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Put in someone's care : ENTRUST
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Political writings : TRACTS
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Zhou ___ : ENLAI
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Collect : AMASS
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Cartoon character voiced by Mel Blanc : DINO
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Airing : ONTV
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Yearn (for) : ACHE
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Unhip : NERDY
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Rule that ended in 1947 : RAJ
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South American tuber : OCA
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Bills are in it: Abbr. : ATM
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Italian actress Eleonora : DUSE
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Bencher's target : PEC
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Barbarian : HUN
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Gridiron figs. : YDS

Answer summary: 17 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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