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New York Times, Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Where "K-I-S-S-I-N-G" occurs, as taunting kids say

Author:
Kevin Christian
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 34 Missing: {Q} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Christian.
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© 2013, The New York Times5/22/13 ( No. 23,206 )

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Across
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Afro-Cuban dance : RUMBA
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Chief exec : PREZ
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Strained-at bug, in an idiom : GNAT
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Crazy as ___ : ALOON
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Credits listing : ROLE
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Get in a lather : RILE
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Complaints about a Kentucky fort? : KNOXKNOCKS
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Hatchet man : AXER
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Hearing range : EARSHOT
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No-goodnik : STINKER
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"Winter's Bone" heroine ___ Dolly : REE
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Hebrew letter before nun : MEM
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Soon, to a bard : ANON
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Cohort of Athos : ARAMIS
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Party desirables : ALIST
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Moved like a dragonfly : DARTED
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Place a levy on pushpins? : TAXTACKS
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Digger's strike : ORE
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Cause to topple : TIPOVER
41
Mauna ___ : KEA
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Security for smoked salmon? : LOXLOCKS
44
Paul of "Mad About You" : REISER
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"Specifically ..." : TOWIT
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Hasbro action figures : GIJOES
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Severely reprimand, with "out" : REAM
51
Kevin Bacon degree count : SIX
52
"Take Me Bak ___" (1972 Slade song) : OME
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Polar bear's resting spot : ICEFLOE
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Bottom-line red ink : NETLOSS
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Mid 13th-century year : MCCL
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Piles of old soul records? : STAXSTACKS
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"My Way" lyricist : ANKA
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Eyelid malady : STYE
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Catchall category : OTHER
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Classic computer game, or its island world : MYST
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Gain from a quarterback sneak, perhaps : YARD
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Nectar-yielding fruits : PEARS
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Do some fall cleanup : RAKE
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___ nerve (funny bone part) : ULNAR
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"Sicko" documentarian : MOORE
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Prime spot at a theater : BOXSEAT
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Hippie's cross : ANKH
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For the time being : PROTEM
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"Arabian Nights" menace : ROC
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"Benevolent" order : ELKS
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Keebler cracker brand : ZESTA
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Breakfast bar stuff : GRANOLA
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Say no to some pro basketballers? : NIXKNICKS
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On the calm side : ALEE
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Okla., until 1907 : TERR
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Given to wanderlust : NOMADIC
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Where "K-I-S-S-I-N-G" occurs, as taunting kids say : INATREE
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Cell division : MITOSIS
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Double-check the addition of : RETOTAL
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Discount, in store names : SAV
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___-Ball (arcade game) : SKEE
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Despot until 1917 : TSAR
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Dimwit : DOLT
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Suffix with buck : AROO
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Critic Reed does major damage? : REXWRECKS
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Reproduces, in a way : XEROXES
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U.P.S. delivery: Abbr. : PKG
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Not be rumpled, say : LIEFLAT
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Put in solitary : ISOLATE
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Born under a bad sign : JINXED
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Like the north sides of some trees : MOSSY
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Starbucks order : MOCHA
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Glacial ridge : ESKER
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Mosque leader : IMAM
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Big Apple sch. : CCNY
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___ James, singer played by Beyoncé : ETTA
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'Vette roof option : TTOP
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Ukr. and Lith., once : SSRS
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Firth of Clyde port : AYR

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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