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New York Times, Monday, March 23, 2015

"Splish splash, I was takin' ___" (1958 lyric)

Author:
Michael Dewey
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QW} Spans: 1 Scrabble average: 1.92 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Dewey. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Michael Dewey notes:
"Much Ado About Something" was a working title I used for this puzzle. It had its germination last spring as I was watching the NCAA ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Timely puzzle, right in the middle of MARCH MADNESS. "Bracketology" is such a cool term (as is "bracketologist") that I'm surprised ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times3/23/15 ( No. 23,876 )
Across
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Actor Malcolm-___ Warner of "The Cosby Show" : JAMAL
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One way to be in love : MADLY
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Sandwich often on toasted bread : BLT
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Way overweight : OBESE
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Letter-shaped building support : IBEAM
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Note of promise : IOU
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Compulsion to steal : KLEPTOMANIA
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Baby bear : CUB
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"Oh. My. God!" : EEK
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Port-au-Prince's land : HAITI
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Depression-era migrant : OKIE
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What a bracketologist is caught up in : MARCHMADNESS
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Swings wildly : FLAILS
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Keister : REAR
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"Yours, Mine and ___" : OURS
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Hajj destination : MECCA
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Frequently, to a poet : OFT
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1977 hard-rock hit by Ted Nugent : CATSCRATCHFEVER
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"Beg pardon?" : HUH
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Puts the whammy on : HEXES
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Display model : DEMO
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"Terrible" Russian autocrat : IVAN
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Age, and not try to hide it : GOGRAY
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Miniskirts or oversize sunglasses, once : FASHIONCRAZE
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The double of a double play : OUTS
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Stars and Stripes land, informally : USOFA
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Get in on the ___ : ACT
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Foofaraw : ADO
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What a major scandal results in : MEDIAFRENZY
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Onetime Russian space station : MIR
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Prepare, as coffee beans : GRIND
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Boat with a double-bladed paddle : KAYAK
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Pigpen : STY
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Deuce toppers : TREYS
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Long, hard look : STARE
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One might start "Knock knock ..." : JOKE
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"___ to leap tall buildings ..." : ABLE
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Timid : MEEK
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Egyptian cobra : ASP
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Like the bite of a 4-Down : LETHAL
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Copycat : MIMIC
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"Splish splash, I was takin' ___" (1958 lyric) : ABATH
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Jeans material : DENIM
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China's Chou En-___ : LAI
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Soprano Sumac : YMA
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Squabble about : BICKEROVER
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Designer Vuitton : LOUIS
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Centers of toilet paper rolls : TUBES
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Rowboat rowers : OARS
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Based ___ true story : ONA
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___ America pageant : MISS
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Half of the McDonald's logo : ARCH
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Like many users of sign language : DEAF
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French W.W. I general Ferdinand ___ : FOCH
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Hawaiian party : LUAU
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Subject that includes Goya and Gauguin : ARTHISTORY
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Highest amount, informally : MAX
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Summer, in Giverny : ETE
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IV amounts : CCS
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Relief org. after hurricanes and tornadoes : FEMA
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Ancient city undone by a large wooden horse : TROY
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Black tea-and-milk drink : CHAI
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Nevada city : RENO
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Perimeter : EDGE
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Pre-DVD format : VHS
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Heavy fishing hook : GAFF
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Missouri mountains : OZARKS
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Froths : FOAMS
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Check of financial records : AUDIT
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Movie whose genre is taking off? : NUDIE
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Hit TV drama starring Gary Sinise : CSINY
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Blacktops and such : ROADS
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Author Seton : ANYA
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Old Russian autocrat : CZAR
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Rug rat : TYKE
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Co. administration : MGT
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Blunder : ERR
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Sup : EAT

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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