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New York Times, Monday, March 21, 2011

17-Across : "Absolutely!"

Author:
Patrick Blindauer and Steve Salitan
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Steve Salitan

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJQVXZ} This is puzzle # 47 for Mr. Blindauer. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Salitan.
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© 2011, The New York Times3/21/11 ( No. 22,413 )

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Across
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The Stones' "Sticky Fingers" and "Tattoo You," e.g. : LPS
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Like lit lanterns : AGLOW
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H2O : WATER
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Tolkien monster : ORC
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Dog strap : LEASH
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Dean Martin's "That's ___" : AMORE
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"Absolutely!" : YOUBETCHA
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Stiff : RIGID
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"I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" group : ABBA
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"Absolutely!" : BYALLMEANS
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The "L" in N.L. or A.L. : LEAGUE
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Winter Autobahn hazard : EIS
26
"Born This Way" singer Lady ___ : GAGA
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Some global treaty subjects, informally : ATESTS
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"Absolutely!" : RIGHTONBROTHER
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Spanish for "kiss" : BESO
39
Luau instrument, informally : UKE
40
Chuck : TOSS
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"Absolutely!" : AINTITTHETRUTH
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Marc who loved Cleopatra : ANTONY
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Mark meaning "no change" : STET
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Smartphone download, briefly : APP
50
Enya's kind of music : NEWAGE
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"Absolutely!" : DARNTOOTIN
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Offshore : ASEA
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___ patch (Uncle Remus setting) : BRIAR
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"Absolutely!" : SURETHING
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Helmsley who had hotels : LEONA
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Month when Chile is far from chilly : ENERO
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Feel under the weather : AIL
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Stopped lying? : SATUP
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Impertinent : SASSY
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Word before a maiden name in wedding announcements : NEE
Down
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True-blue : LOYAL
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Exploratory spacecraft : PROBE
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Diver's gear : SCUBA
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Pub drink : ALE
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Lose the game : GETBEAT
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Frilly, as lingerie : LACY
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Org. concerned with workplace injuries : OSHA
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Blubber source : WHALE
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Becomes more fond of : WARMSTO
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French girlfriend : AMIE
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Festive "Animal House" wrap : TOGA
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St. Paddy's land : ERIN
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Cincinnati squad : REDS
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Baseball base : BAG
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When doubled, cry before "pants on fire" : LIAR
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"Gross!" : UGH
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Joint woe that afflicted Benjamin Franklin : GOUT
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Egyptian crosses : ANKHS
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"___, Brute?" : ETTU
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Amount in a whiskey glass : SHOT
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John who once co-hosted "Entertainment Tonight" : TESH
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Sophs., two years later : SRS
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Bridle strap : REIN
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"Freedom ___ free" : ISNT
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Attend, as a party : GOTO
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Underground vegetable with edible greens : BEET
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Ewe's plaint : BAA
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Snared : INATRAP
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Printing goof : TYPO
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They're worth twice as much as fins : TENNERS
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Hwy. : RTE
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Does some modeling : POSES
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Crib cry : WAH
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Like the eastern part of Russia : ASIAN
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Spirit in a bottle : GENIE
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"The ___ has landed" : EAGLE
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Two-base hits: Abbr. : DBLS
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Vicinity : AREA
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Bottle-throwing occasion : RIOT
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When repeated, a classic sitcom sign-off : NANU
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Bluefin, e.g. : TUNA
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Angers : IRES
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Tinker with, with "with" : TOY

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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