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FITTING WORDS

New York Times, Sunday, April 12, 2009

Author:
Eric Berlin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Eric Berlin

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 73 Missing: {FJXZ} This is puzzle # 33 for Mr. Berlin. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

In the print version of this puzzle, each block of four circles is represented by a single larger circle covering all four squares in that block. Click here to see what the grid is supposed to look like.

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© 2009, The New York TimesNo. 0412 ( 21,705 )
Across
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Rock salt : HALITE
7
[I'm shocked!] : GASP
11
Item in a belt-maker's tool belt : AWL
14
Grps. : ORGS
18
Distinguished : EMINENT
20
AARP part: Abbr. : AMER
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Formerly : NEE
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Wickfield's scheming partner in "David Copperfield" : HEEP
23
Felt suspicion : MISGAVE
24
Like early Beatles recordings : MONO
25
Becomes peeved : GETSSORE
27
Cartoon skunk : PEPE
28
1987 champion skater Brian : ORSER
30
Frowning : DISPLEASED
32
Shell shape : SPIRAL
34
Give up, slangily : PUNT
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Not offering traction, in a way : ICY
36
___ del Sol : COSTA
39
Medicinal syrups : IPECACS
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"Law & Order: ___" : SVU
42
Epitome of simplicity : ABC
45
Attorneys' org. : ABA
46
1976 top 10 hit for Hall & Oates : SHESGONE
48
One who goes a-courting? : SUER
49
"___ bad" : TOO
50
Bright spot in the night sky : DOGSTAR
52
Politico Ross and family : PEROTS
54
Ages and ages : EPOCH
56
Came through the wall, maybe : SEEPED
57
Stairway part : RAIL
59
Punk rock club activity : SLAMDANCE
61
Catch : RUB
62
You are: Sp. : ERES
63
Marisa's role in "My Cousin Vinny" : MONA
64
Word repeated before "go away" : RAIN
65
Things that may not go in 69-Across : SQUAREPEGS
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See 65-Across : ROUNDHOLES
71
Word with chair or street : EASY
72
Schools in Albany and Oneonta are part of it: Abbr. : SUNY
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First name in '50s comedy : DESI
74
Suffix with adverb : IAL
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Idling : INNEUTRAL
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Fivers : ABES
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Layered rock : GNEISS
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Hard-nosed : STERN
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Eyeball covering : SCLERA
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Plumlike shade : MAGENTA
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Gaping opening : MAW
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Newsman Huntley : CHET
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"Farewell, ___" (Dylan song popularized by Joan Baez) : ANGELINA
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Tap site : KEG
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Org. in the 1946 thriller "Cloak and Dagger" : OSS
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Huck Finn, e.g. : LAD
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Refrigerator part : CRISPER
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Horseshoers' tools : RASPS
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Some batteries : AAS
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"Aye, aye!" hearer: Abbr. : CAPT
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Bug : HARASS
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Sounds familiar : RINGSABELL
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"... but I could be wrong" : ORNOT
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Places to graze : LEAS
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Took : ACCEPTED
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Org. for singles? : USTA
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Rehnquist's successor : ROBERTS
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Good time for suntanning : NOON
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Native's suffix : ITE
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Spice Girl Halliwell : GERI
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Fizz ingredient : SLOEGIN
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Tech. school : INST
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Univ. aides : TAS
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Many unread messages : SPAM
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Small mistakes : LAPSES
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Crop grown by George Washington : HEMP
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Billet-doux recipient : AMIE
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Orator's challenge : LISP
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Swallow : INGEST
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Caffeine source : TEA
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End of a ballade : ENVOI
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Cause of a limp : GAMELEG
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Son of Venus : AMOR
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Something D.C. does not have : SEN
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Film V.I.P. : PRODUCER
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Unsettled feeling : ANGST
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Boo-hoo : WEEP
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Spare : LETLIVE
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Key opening? : OHSAY
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Vintage cars : REOS
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"Nights in Rodanthe" star, 2008 : GERE
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Careered : SPED
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Game pursuer : TERRIER
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In the hold, say : SECURED
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Suckers : SAPS
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Entrances : INS
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1936 Oscar-winning title role for Paul Muni : PASTEUR
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"What's My Line?" features : PANELS
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Heartbreaker types : CADS
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"O" in the old Army phonetic alphabet : OBOE
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Mint relative : SAGE
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Knockoffs : COPIES
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Best-selling novelist about whom Gore Vidal said "She doesn't write, she types!" : SUSANN
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Lacking a key : ATONAL
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Game with balls : BOCCIE
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Songwriter Leonard and others : COHENS
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Really ought to : HADBEST
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End of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 9/23/1806 : STLOUIS
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Exterminator's tool : SPRAYER
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Diffuse slowly : OSMOSE
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Recent release? : PAROLEE
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Simulate, as an event : REENACT
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Historic Scottish county : ARGYLL
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Amy of "Field of Dreams" : MADIGAN
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Prefix with graph : SEISMO
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Flying Kangaroo company : QANTAS
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Longtime Time rival, informally : USNEWS
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Puckered : PURSED
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Packs again, as groceries : REBAGS
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Buildings on some bases : HANGARS
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"Phooey!" : DARNIT
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Remove, as a necklace : UNCLASP
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Closes, as a deal : INKS
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Instructions part : STEP
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Doesn't look at all youthful : SAGS
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Silencers? : EARPLUGS
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Duplicates exactly : MIRRORS
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Attacks : HASATIT
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Patriarch of a tribe of Israel : EPHRAIM
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Show a preference : LEAN
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Political columnist Thomas : CAL
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Not up : ASLEEP
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Representative : AGENT
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Hands over : CEDES
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Transpacific landing site : ATOLL
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Eastern queen : RANI
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Something to click : ICON
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PX patrons : NCOS
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Test stage : BETA
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Other, in Oaxaca : OTRA
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Physics 101 units : ERGS
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In ___ (even) : ATIE
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Some IDs: Abbr. : SSNS
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Natl. Library Card Sign-Up Month : SEP
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Diva's wrap : BOA

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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