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New York Times, Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Attack on a Mideast land that's out of thin air?

Author:
David Levinson Wilk
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Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QVZ} This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. Wilk.
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© 2014, The New York Times4/2/14 ( No. 23,521 )
Across
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Miami's county, familiarly : DADE
5
Stalled driver's request : JUMP
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Inexperienced with : NEWAT
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Words after pour or pass : ITON
15
Beast in the documentary "Blackfish" : ORCA
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Amtrak bullet train : ACELA
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Weapon part that's out of this world? : SWORDHILT
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Chaim who created Asher Lev : POTOK
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Kurt of Nirvana : COBAIN
21
Spanish diminutive suffix : ITA
23
Pronoun in a wedding statement : THEE
24
Paper tiger, maybe : ORIGAMI
26
One-room home : IGLOO
28
___-Ball : SKEE
29
Sturm ___ Drang : UND
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Skedaddled : RANOFF
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Wintertime airport supply : DEICER
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Victoria's Secret garment : TEDDY
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Swell place? : SEA
41
Attack on a Mideast land that's out of thin air? : IRANHIT
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___ Lanka : SRI
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Boxer's prize : PURSE
46
Protracted battles : SIEGES
48
Lady Schick target : ARMPIT
50
"A revolution is not a dinner party" writer : MAO
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Jewelry designer Peretti : ELSA
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Cries of pain : YEOWS
57
Some lines on a GPS screen : STREETS
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"And ___ word from our sponsor" : NOWA
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Anxious condition, for short : OCD
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Bites playfully : NIPSAT
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Plumber's unclogger : SNAKE
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Fisherman's feat that's out of character? : RARECATCH
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Happy gatherings : FESTS
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Cameo stone : ONYX
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Give the appearance of : SEEM
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"Whoopee!" : WAHOO
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Insect repellent ingredient : DEET
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"___ Little Tenderness" : TRYA
Down
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Places where people hustle? : DISCOS
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On the job : ATWORK
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Rock's ___ Brothers : DOOBIE
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Steamed : ENRAGED
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Sierra Club founder : JOHNMUIR
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Mentalist Geller : URI
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Mid 12th-century year : MCLI
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Singer Smith of punk music : PATTI
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Day care break : NAP
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Environmental transition area : ECOTONE
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Drenched gangsters who are out of the woods? : WETHOODS
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The so-called "potted physician" : ALOE
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Box-office receipts : TAKE
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24 horas : DIA
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Cabinet-level dept. since 1889 : AGR
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Pachacuti's people : INCAS
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Drink that may feature "foam art" : LATTE
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Blue wear : DENIM
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Yalta Conference monogram : FDR
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Memo-heading initials : FYI
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Letters in a children's refrain : EIEIO
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Ostrich cousins : RHEAS
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Aromatherapy spot : SPA
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Liechtenstein's locale: Abbr. : EUR
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Military laundry that's out of harm's way? : ARMYWASH
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Challenger's announcement at a pickup game : IGOTNEXT
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Have a talk with : SPEAKTO
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Purposely overlook, as a fault : SEEPAST
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Wee hour : TWO
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NBC anchor Holt : LESTER
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Actress Dash of "Clueless" : STACEY
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Inhaler user's malady : ASTHMA
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Atlantic fish : SCROD
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Documentarian Burns who's the brother of Ken : RIC
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Office-inappropriate, in web shorthand : NSFW
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Suitable for induction : ONEA
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Hamlet, e.g. : DANE
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"___ Beso" : ESO
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Manhattan ingredient : RYE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later.

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