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New York Times, Saturday, April 4, 2015

Member of the 1990s Persian Gulf war coalition

Author:
Ned White
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ned White

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 33 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. White.
Jeff Chen notes:
Nice mini-theme, BACKSLAPS echoing CHEST BUMP. Back when I co-captained an Ultimate frisbee team, I asked the guys on my team not to ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times4/4/15 ( No. 23,888 )

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Across
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Congratulatory gestures : BACKSLAPS
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First female U.S. solicitor general, 2009 : KAGAN
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Showed no moderation : OVERDIDIT
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Start of a three-part claim : ICAME
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Means of looking above and beyond : PERISCOPE
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One may keep a watch on you : STRAP
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Esposas: Abbr. : SRAS
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"I ___ it!" : KNEW
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Kind of tea used medicinally : SENNA
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Penultimate letters : PSIS
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It doesn't have much music nowadays : AMDIAL
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Ritter's co-star on TV's "8 Simple Rules" : SAGAL
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Fair : SUNNY
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Some joeys : KOALAS
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Go back and forth : PINGPONG
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2003 top 5 hit for Fabolous : INTOYOU
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Gem City of the Plains : LARAMIE
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Bad case of the blues : DEEPFUNK
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Title flora in a Whitman poem : LILACS
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Gallimaufries : OLIOS
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Something to live by : TENET
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Ring fingerers? : NARCOS
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9-Down bits : PEAS
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Patent : OVERT
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Club collection : DUES
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One guarded in soccer : SHIN
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Awards for romances : RITAS
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One way to sleep : INTHENUDE
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Spasibo : Russian :: ___ : French : MERCI
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Top form? : SCHEDULEA
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Shook, maybe : AWOKE
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Celebratory gesture : CHESTBUMP
Down
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Moves energetically : BOPS
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More than suggest : AVER
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Star of "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," 2010 : CERA
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Kardashians' mom : KRIS
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'60s strikers : SDS
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Punishment, metaphorically : LICKS
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Dreamboat : ADONIS
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Interjects : PIPESUP
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Olla, e.g. : STEW
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Old sitcom retort : KISSMYGRITS
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Got on it : ACTED
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Adorned, to a chef : GARNI
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It has a range of ranges : AMANA
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It's west of Sikkim : NEPAL
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Work together closely but covertly : PLAYFOOTSIE
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Record of the year : ANNAL
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Freight platform : SKID
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Sterling : AONE
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Airport assignment : GATE
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Catawampus : ALOP
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Scratch : NIL
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Persons : SOULS
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Not at all bright : PALE
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Member of the 1990s Persian Gulf war coalition : OMAN
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"Sweet!" : NICE
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Feat : GEST
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A single opening? : UNI
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Flooring delivery : KOPUNCH
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Be ready to explode : SEETHE
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Ibsen play parodying an opera : NORMA
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"___ From the Bridge" : AVIEW
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In again : RETRO
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First-rate : CRACK
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Remains on a mantel, maybe : ASHES
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Oreo component : DISC
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Brush-off : SNUB
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"Anywhere, Anytime" sloganeer : HULU
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The same, to Caesar : IDEM
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Spring's opposite : NEAP
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Setting for home games of the O's : EDT

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

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