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CLOSING THE DEAL

New York Times, Sunday, March 22, 2009

Author:
Joon Pahk and Matt Matera
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. pahk. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Matera. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2009, The New York TimesNo. 0322 ( 21,684 )
Across
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Eye affliction : STYE
5
Wearing a long dress and a collar buttoned to the top, maybe : PRIM
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Was : LIVED
14
Raise hell : ACTUP
19
Évian and others : EAUX
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Harried : RODE
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Manuscript marks noting possible errors : OBELI
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Go on and on : PRATE
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Corps veterans : EXMARINES
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Painful prod : REDHOTPOKER
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Engagement gift : DIAMONDSOLITAIRE
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Turned on the waterworks : WEPT
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In Sicily it's about 10,920 ft. high : MTETNA
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After-Christmas sale shoppers, e.g. : MOBS
33
Papier-___ : MACHE
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Shows in a theater : SCREENS
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___ Nurmi, the Flying Finn : PAAVO
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Penne ___ vodka : ALLA
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Traveler's alternative to 90-Down : JFK
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Conflict of 1973 : YOMKIPPURWAR
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Bygone party attire : ZOOTSUITS
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Part of a family : SPECIES
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Munic. official : ALD
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Showcase Showdown prize, perhaps : DINETTESET
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Stripe : SORT
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Down : BLUE
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Help desk sign : ASKME
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See 84-Down : THIS
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Star of 1950s TV's "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" : LEEAAKER
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Fancy salad ingredients : ARTICHOKEHEARTS
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Easily beat all the competition : DOMINATE
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Petty : MERE
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Man with cups and pieces : REESE
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River separating continents : URAL
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Singular praise? : KUDO
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Speakeasy supply : BATHTUBGIN
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H.S. class : ENG
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Montréal-___ International Airport : MIRABEL
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Fair-haired : TOWHEADED
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Subject of a nursery rhyme that has only eight different words : LONDONBRIDGE
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English poet laureate Henry : PYE
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Singular : LONE
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Energy source : STEAM
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Having only the forepart visible, as a beast in heraldry : ISSUANT
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___ nerve (funny bone tingler) : ULNAR
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Untouchable, say : TMAN
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"A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a ___; what else does a man need to be happy?": Albert Einstein : VIOLIN
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Historian's Muse : CLIO
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Big name in real estate : CENTURYTWENTYONE
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Classic name in chain restaurants : PIZZERIAUNO
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Like, with "to" : ANALOGOUS
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Spinning : AREEL
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Untagged, in tag : NOTIT
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Michelangelo's David, e.g. : NUDE
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Princess of literature : OZMA
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"Alas ..." : SADLY
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"On the Beach" author : SHUTE
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Showed disdain, in a way : SPAT
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Gray side : REBS
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Origin : SEED
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Get ready to take off : TAXI
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Desert in the Southwest : YUMA
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This is a test : EXAM
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It may be fine or fine art : PRINT
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Typeface imitative of handwriting : RONDE
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Words of explanation : IDEST
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Quark/antiquark pairs : MESONS
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"Full House" actress Loughlin : LORI
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"Su-u-ure" : IBET
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Sacred Hindu text : VEDA
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K-12 : ELHI
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Christian of the cloth? : DIOR
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Killer ___ : APP
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One with prier engagements? : CROWBAR
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Leaves : TAKESAWALK
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Sch. near the Rio Grande : UTEP
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Cheeky : PERT
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Where 51-Down was martyred : ROME
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Pro ___ : TEM
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Like some petticoats : LACY
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Symphony, e.g. : OPUS
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"Zoom-zoom" sloganeer : MAZDA
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Eponymous Dr. Alzheimer : ALOIS
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Dull, hollow sound : CLONK
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Often-anonymous intimidation technique : HATEMAIL
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Author Asquith of children's books : ROS
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Hirohito's title: Abbr. : EMP
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Scratches (out) : EKES
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Designer Miller : NICOLE
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Flowering shrub : SPIREA
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"x" in an equation : VALUE
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"At-ten-SHUN!," e.g. : ORDER
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Protrude : JUT
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"Bah!" : FIE
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24 of them = 100%: Abbr. : KTS
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"Quo vadis?" speaker : PETER
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Rear of a galley : STERN
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Rogen of "Knocked Up" : SETH
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___ Yorke, lead singer of Radiohead : THOM
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Brave activity : BASEBALL
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Alibi ___ (Ring Lardner character) : IKE
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Balkan native : SERB
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Based on ___ story : ATRUE
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"___ Care of Business" (1974 hit) : TAKIN
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Pianist José : ITURBI
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Los Angeles's ___-Sinai Medical Center : CEDARS
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Basic cooking instruction : HEAT
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They're often scheduled at noon : DUELS
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"... then again, I could be wrong" : ORNOT
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Made more attractive? : MAGNETIZED
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Thomas Hardy's ___ Heath : EGDON
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Home of St. Catherine : SIENA
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Rear-___ : ENDER
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Sometimes-satin items of apparel : OBIS
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With 62-Across, comic's challenge : TOP
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Certain m.p.g. rating: Abbr. : HWY
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French beverage : THE
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Home of Mondrian's "Broadway Boogie Woogie" : MOMA
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Part of an academic address : EDU
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Traveler's alternative to 47-Across : LGA
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Young woman, old-style : DAMOZEL
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Green-eyed monster : ENVY
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Nashville 11 : TITANS
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"___ the Sons" (Gay Talese best seller) : UNTO
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Big A.T.M. maker : NCR
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Accept responsibility : OWNUP
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___ double life : LEADA
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Fjord, for example : INLET
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Ones working on columns, for short : CPAS
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Old Italian bread : LIRA
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Fünf minus vier : EINS
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Sodium hydroxide, chemically : NAOH
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Peace Nobelist from South Africa : TUTU
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Second, e.g. : UNIT
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Mechanical : ROTE
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"Son of Frankenstein" role : YGOR
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Squishy stuff : OOZE
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Feeling no pain : NUMB
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Juan's "those" : ESAS
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Ron of "Tarzan" : ELY

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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