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SPLITS AND MERGERS

New York Times, Sunday, March 9, 2008

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 75 Missing: {QWX} Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzlemakers This is puzzle # 109 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

I have highlighted squares to show where the splits and mergers happen. The second clue in each theme entry requires a right-angle turn at the highlight so, for example, 31 Down is KILLER BEE and 59 Across can be read as EVEN THOUGH.

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© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 0309 ( 21,306 )
Across
1
Upper end of a soprano's range : HIGHC
6
Life work? : BIO
9
In support of : FOR
12
Bishopric : DIOCESE
19
Basketballer nicknamed the Diesel : ONEAL
20
Attribute (to) : ASCRIBE
22
Joins up : ENROLLS
23
Concave button : INNIE
24
"Over my dead body!" / Alert [split] : NOTIFICANHELPIT
26
Exchange words? / New beginning [merger] : TRANSLATE
28
___ Maria (coffee liqueur) : TIA
29
Gift-wrapper's need : TAPE
30
Strummed instrument : UKE
32
"___ my doubts" : IHAVE
33
Animated film character voiced by Matthew Broderick : SIMBA
35
Fine fellow : SIR
36
Undecided, you might say : TIED
38
Deal (out) : METE
39
Annoying obligations / "No need to check" [split] : IMPOSITIONS
42
1980s "NBC News Overnight" anchor / Feared insect [merger] : ELLERBEE
44
At full speed : AMAIN
45
"Mazel ___!" : TOV
46
"The History ___" (Tony-winning play) : BOYS
47
Harsh : STARK
48
Return flight destinations? : NESTS
52
Off-limits : TABOO
55
Get down : BOOGIE
56
Plant manager? : HOE
58
Figure just above the total : TIP
59
Black hole's boundary / Despite the fact that [split] : EVENTHORIZON
62
Group migration : DIASPORA
64
Like Eton attendees : MALE
65
Author of the "Earth's Children" series : AUEL
66
Social reformer Lucretia : MOTT
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"Great Scott!" : EGAD
68
A little cross? : PLUSSIGN
70
Double sugar / Travel freely? [merger] : DISACCHARIDE
74
Get dressed (up) : TOG
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"Feh!" : UGH
76
Insects found in trunks : BORERS
77
Takes off : FLEES
78
Bag : SNARE
80
In the cooler : ONICE
81
Unread messages, usually : SPAM
83
Mountain SE of ancient Troy : IDA
85
It has many sides : FEAST
86
Commuter's source of entertainment / Actor John or David [split] : CARRADIO
90
Martini ingredient / Delta site [merger] : DRYVERMOUTH
94
Burt's "Stroker Ace" co-star : LONI
95
"The Seagull" ingenue : NINA
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Water, to Watteau : EAU
97
Fictional blue humanoid : SMURF
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Aggressive patriot : JINGO
99
Fishtank accessory : NET
100
Prefix with potent : OMNI
102
MapQuest suggestion: Abbr. : RTE
103
Franz Liszt, e.g. / Didn't go straight, maybe [split] : HUNGARIAN
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"Come back now, y'hear?" / Park employee [merger] : DONTBEASTRANGER
110
TV journalist Van Susteren : GRETA
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Commentator : ANALYST
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Using company resources : INHOUSE
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Great white ___ : HERON
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Took too long, as a meeting : RANLATE
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Superhero name ender : MAN
118
Broke bread : ATE
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Finger-lickin' good : TASTY
Down
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___ polloi : HOI
2
Overnight site : INN
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Patrician : GENTEEL
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Della sells hers in "The Gift of the Magi" : HAIR
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See 26-Across : CLEANSLATE
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Keen producers : BANSHEES
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Quarantine : ISOLATE
8
Scale's range : OCTAVE
9
Taylor's deputy on TV : FIFE
10
Kimono securer : OBI
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___ room : REC
12
Gap filler? : DENIMS
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Occupy : INHABIT
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Blast furnace input : ORE
15
Peacemaker maker : COLT
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#1 hit for Marty Robbins : ELPASO
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Add surreptitiously : SLIPIN
18
Some phosphates, e.g. : ESTERS
21
Observance : RITE
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See 24-Across : NOTIFICATION
27
Modern political acronym : NIMBY
30
Navajo enemy : UTE
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See 42-Across : KILLERBEE
33
Abrupt increase on a graph : SPIKE
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Assuages one's guilt : ATONES
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Prepares, in a way, as chicken : DEBONES
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Adult insect : IMAGO
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California county with Point Reyes National Seashore : MARIN
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See 39-Across : IMPOSITIVE
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Origin : ROOT
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Complete : ATOZ
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It's not needed in hydroponics : SOIL
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It's clipped at both ends : STOGIE
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Philippic : TIRADE
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Game similar to bridge : SPADES
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Really appeals to : TEMPTS
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Earthly paradise of Celtic legend : AVALON
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Caviar source : BELUGA
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W.W. II light machine gun : BREN
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See 70-Across : HITCHARIDE
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Bleeped word : OATH
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Reagan's first secretary of state : HAIG
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See 59-Across : EVENTHOUGH
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Pros who practice : DOCS
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Violinist Itzhak : PERLMAN
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Four-legged female : MARE
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Napped fabrics : SUEDES
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"Goodbye, Mr. Chips" star : DONAT
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___ Sea, connected to St. George's Channel : IRISH
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It's split : SECT
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At a distance : AFAR
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___ bourguignon : BOEUF
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See 90-Across : RIVERMOUTH
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1953 3-D film starring Fernando Lamas : SANGAREE
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Earlier : PRIOR
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Seat separator : ARMREST
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See 106-Across : FORESTRANGER
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Stop up : CONGEST
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Some campaign fund-raisers : DINNERS
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See 86-Across : CARRADINE
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Cereal grass : OAT
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Himalayan cedar : DEODAR
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___ Quimby, girl of children's lit : RAMONA
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Chinese province bordering Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar : YUNNAN
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Change genetically : MUTATE
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___ franca : LINGUA
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2007 title role for Ellen Page : JUNO
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"___ be O.K." : ITLL
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Chemistry Nobelist Otto : HAHN
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See 103-Across : HUNGARIGHT
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Precinct : AREA
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___ landslide : BYA
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Country singer McGraw : TIM
109
What retroviruses contain : RNA
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Preschooler : TOT
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To some extent : ANY

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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