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WHAT MAKES IT ITCH?

New York Times, Sunday, March 28, 2010

Author:
Ed Sessa
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Edward Sessa

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 66 Missing: {QVX} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Sessa. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2010, The New York TimesNo. 0328 ( 22,055 )
Across
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"Coffee ___ my cup of tea": Samuel Goldwyn : ISNT
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World capital at 12,000 feet : LAPAZ
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Rugby gathering : SCRUM
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Schoolyard comeback : AMSO
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Phone abbr. : OPER
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With 21-Across, native Oklahoma group : OSAGE
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See 20-Across : TRIBE
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Eponymous engineer : WATT
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Problem for a crane operator? : NOWINCHSITUATION
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Green-light : OKAY
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Pillow fill : KAPOK
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In a lather : SOAPY
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Get ready to go : SADDLEUP
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Noodge : NAG
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___ culpa : MEA
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Average fellows : JOES
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Haberdashery offering : TIE
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"___ Lincoln in Illinois" (1940 biopic) : ABE
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Exceptional soldier on his only tour? : ONEHITCHWONDER
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Kvetch : CRAB
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Showed over : RERAN
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Lead and tin alloy : TERNE
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Cuban's home? : CIGARCASE
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Food giant based in Downers Grove, Ill. : SARALEE
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Feigned : PUTON
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Chief Norse deity : ODIN
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Hot dog topping : CHILI
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G.M. tracking system : ONSTAR
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Like many a 36-Across : STRIPED
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Plug along : PLOD
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Motorist's no-no, for short : DUI
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Helps in a heist : ABETS
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Get used (to) : INURE
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Rubbish : ROT
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What kind, decent people wear? : MENSCHFASHION
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Colt's fans, for short? : NRA
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Grouchy Muppet : OSCAR
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Head turner : BEAUT
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45 ___ : RPM
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Leave a mark on : SCAR
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Cuddly cat : BURMESE
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"___ Mucho," #1 hit for Jimmy Dorsey : BESAME
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___ ark : NOAHS
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Switch add-on : EROO
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Machu Picchu people : INCAS
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Wall Street landmark? : NEWHIGH
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Arrive unexpectedly en masse : DESCENDON
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Play center, often : ACTII
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Dentist's directive : RINSE
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iTunes selection : SONG
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Hidden help for one who's trying to quit smoking? : PATCHONTHEBACK
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Handicapper's hangout, for short : OTB
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Spanish wave : OLA
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Big Apple neighborhood : SOHO
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Twice tre : SEI
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Eggy quaff : NOG
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Court figures : COUNSELS
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Scrutinized, with "over" : PORED
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Colorado resort : ASPEN
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Years, in Rome : ANNI
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Instruction #1 for roofers? : GETALOADOFTHATCH
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Beat : LICK
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Centers of early development : UTERI
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Wish granter : GENIE
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News tidbit : ITEM
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Yearn : ACHE
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Vocally bother : YAPAT
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Cry from beyond a closed door : ENTER
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Leader of the Untouchables : NESS
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Expo '74 city : SPOKANE
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Shirley MacLaine, notably : NEWAGER
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Take a header : TRIP
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Keepsake on a chain : LOCKET
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Volcanic fallout : ASH
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Court transfer? : PASS
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Currency exchange premium : AGIO
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Academy Award winner for "Chicago," 2002 : ZETAJONES
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Hung around : STAYED
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Computer screen, for short : CRT
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Jacob who wrote "How the Other Half Lives" : RIIS
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Maritime threat of the early 1940s : UBOAT
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Beggar : MENDICANT
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Off-base in a bad way : AWOL
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Hit below the belt? : MAKEABADPUNCH
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Six-time baseball All-Star Rusty : STAUB
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Like universal blood donors : OTYPE
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Hardly worth mentioning : NOMINAL
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Ahead, but barely : UPONE
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Charlie Chan creator Earl ___ Biggers : DERR
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Postman's creed conjunction : NOR
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Courthouse records : ACTA
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Gets hold of : SECURES
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Member of a strict Jewish sect : HASID
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Hint offerer : HELOISE
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Follower of Christopher or Carolina : WREN
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Slowing down, in mus. : RIT
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Flip ___ (decide by chance) : ACOIN
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Tittle-tattle : GOSSIP
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Rugged range : SIERRAS
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Win over : ENDEAR
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Razz : RIDE
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Sunscreen additive : PABA
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Conclusion : CLOSURE
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Really angry group? : HOTCROSSBUNCH
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Ohio political dynasty : TAFTS
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Old Japanese coin : RIN
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Investigated : PROBED
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Straighten out : UNBEND
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Included for free : THREWIN
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Field ration, for short : MRE
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Some quick-change places : CABANAS
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Peach and orange : HUES
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It means everything : OMNI
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Bygone brand with a torch in its logo : AMOCO
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Bygone title of respect : SAHIB
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Bachelor : SINGLEGUY
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Home of Elmendorf Air Force Base : ANCHORAGE
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"Fly ___ the Moon" : METO
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Beastly : OGREISH
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Filch : COP
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Google stat : HITS
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Genesis son : ENOS
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Sound while jerking the head : ACHOO
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Tony and Emmy winner Fabray : NANETTE
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Candleholders on a wall : SCONCES
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Ticker tape letters? : EKG
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Like atriums : TOPLIT
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Punk's piece : HEATER
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City in Florida's horse country : OCALA
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Gin's partner : TONIC
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Prince Valiant's love : ALETA
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"Swoosh" brand : NIKE
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One ___ at a time : STEP
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Heavenly place : EDEN
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Succinct warning : DONT
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Pest : PAIN
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Parseghian of Notre Dame : ARA
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"For shame!" : FIE
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Britannia letters : HMS

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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