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DOUBLE TALK

New York Times, Sunday, April 5, 2020

"Old ___ Road," longest-running #1 single in Billboard history (19 weeks)

Author:
Jim Peredo
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Peredo.
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© 2020, The New York Times4/5/20 ( No. 25,716 )
Across
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Orchestra heavyweights : TUBAS
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Mushroom in ramen : ENOKI
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When tripled, a comment of annoyance : NAG
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"Oh my!" : GOSH
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It has a very big bed : OCEAN
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One of a pair of explorers on the Missouri state quarter : LEWIS
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Spring feature : COIL
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Golden rule word : UNTO
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Run-on sentence? : GOAHEADWITHOUTME
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___-by date : SELL
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Common female middle name : ANN
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Wax theatrical : EMOTE
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Sharply dressed, shoewise? : STILETTOED
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Boring events : SNOOZERS
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Bit of conniving : SCHEME
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Five-letter world capital that locals spell as two words : HANOI
35
Tempe neighbor : MESA
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Passing comment? : THEAYESHAVEIT
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Riding the waves : ASEA
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Something a bib catches : DROOL
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Busy Bee, for short : SAM
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Single quote? : IWANTTOBEALONE
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Doesn't touch : LETSBE
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Head to bed : RETIRE
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Surreal finale? : IST
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Big name in student grants : PELL
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Order to attack : SICON
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___ Paradise, "On the Road" protagonist : SAL
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Weapon associated with the film quote "Here's Johnny!" : AXE
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Sack cloth : BURLAP
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Hats, slangily : LIDS
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Just saying? : TURNABOUTISFAIRPLAY
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___ Roddenberry, first TV writer on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : GENE
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Ancient Greek poet sometimes called the "Tenth Muse" : SAPPHO
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Smear : TAR
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Preschooler : TOT
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Nickname for Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ernie Banks : MRCUB
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When tripled, "etc." : YADA
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Educational TV spot, for short : PSA
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Square dance move : DOSIDO
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Fireplace item : ASHPAN
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Stock phrase? : HOWNOWBROWNCOW
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Not commercial: Abbr. : RES
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Briskly : APACE
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Bring in : EARN
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Self expression? : COGITOERGOSUM
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Trade jabs : SPAR
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Sports venue : ARENA
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"Outta luck!" : NOSOAP
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Magical powder : STARDUST
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Prepped for surgery : SCRUBBEDUP
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Children's song refrain : EIEIO
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Uma Thurman's role in "Pulp Fiction" : MIA
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Yonder, in dialect : THAR
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Old saw? : AGEISJUSTANUMBER
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Anger : RILE
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Spew anger : RANT
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___ Mitchell, creator of the Tony-winning musical "Hadestown" : ANAIS
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Handle : SEETO
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"What are the ___?" : ODDS
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Deli sandwich, hold the vowels : BLT
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Like stereotypical Seattle weather : RAINY
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Symbol of the National Audubon Society : EGRET
Down
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Coverings on ancient Roman statuary : TOGAS
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Women's basketball powerhouse, for short : UCONN
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Gas-relieving brand : BEANO
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"What a relief!" : AAH
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"4-Down-choo!" : SNEEZE
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Poe poem about a mythical quest : ELDORADO
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Scurriers near streams : NEWTS
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Minor cut, say : OWIE
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Makeup holder : KIT
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Suffix with Black or brack : ISH
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"Can't deal with that right now!" : NOTIME
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Lacking focus : AIMLESS
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Unbridled joy : GLEE
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Composer Mahler : GUSTAV
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Low tie : ONEONE
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Canonized fifth-century pope called "the Great" : STLEOI
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"Stop right there!" : HOLDIT
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Adorable one : CUTEY
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___ Research Center : AMES
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Org. tracking workplace accidents : OSHA
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English setting for a series of Impressionist paintings by Monet : THAMES
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Neighbor of an Emirati : OMANI
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Young weaned pig : SHOAT
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Monk's digs : CELL
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Word with tippy or twinkle : TOES
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"2001: A Space Odyssey" computer : HAL
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Puts on ... or things put on : AIRS
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Ugly ones sometimes come out in December : SWEATERS
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Nosh at noon, say : EATLUNCH
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Diamond stat : RBI
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Second-most common Vietnamese surname : TRAN
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Home of Wichita Falls : TEXAS
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Magnum ___ : OPUS
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Game ball material : NERF
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The scat got her tongue, you might say : ELLA
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Where bills pile up : TILL
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Lower extremity affliction : SCIATICA
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Secret target : BODYODOR
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Capt.'s assistant, maybe : ENS
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Milk: Fr. : LAIT
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Where the meaning of life was sold in 2000 for $3.26 : EBAY
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Part of a job application : BIO
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European museum whose name means "meadow" : PRADO
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Sign on again : REUP
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Another name for the moonfish : OPAH
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Common wedding hairstyle : UPDO
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Undergo rapprochement : THAW
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Stern's opposite : PROW
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"Today" rival, for short : GMA
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"Old ___ Road," longest-running #1 single in Billboard history (19 weeks) : TOWN
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You might open one at a pub : BARTAB
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Kind of book or ad : POPUP
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Didn't just float : SWAM
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Home of 72-Down : ABC
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Mortimer ___, dummy of old radio and TV : SNERD
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Newcomer, informally : NEO
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Org. in charge of the 23-Down : NASA
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Not worry : RESTEASY
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Country whose most widely spoken language is Wolof : SENEGAL
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Democratic politician Julián : CASTRO
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Flower for a corsage : ORCHID
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First name in the 1970s White House : GERALD
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Gets used (to) : INURES
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Gopher, e.g. : RODENT
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Fighter pilot's wear : GSUIT
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[head slap] : OOPS
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Masochist's pleasure : PAIN
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Generate, as suspicion : AROUSE
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Peaceful protest : SITIN
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Brown shade : UMBER
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Evening hour in Spain : SIETE
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Cartomancer's deck : TAROT
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Pointed remark : BARB
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Actor Morales : ESAI
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Rattle : JAR
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"___ voce poco fa" (Rossini aria) : UNA
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One of the March sisters : MEG

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle.

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