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New York Times, Friday, June 19, 2015

He wrote "In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable"

Author:
Martin Ashwood-Smith
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 65, Blocks: 28 Missing: {QVYZ} Spans: 4, (1 quad stack) Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 79 for Mr. Ashwood-Smith. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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© 2015, The New York Times6/19/15 ( No. 23,964 )
Across
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"___ Serenades" (1952 jazz album) : SATCHMO
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Big news medium : AMRADIO
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Not organized at all : INAHEAP
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Capital near the Great Rift Valley : NAIROBI
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Never : NOTONCE
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1960 Elvis Presley film : GIBLUES
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Business suit : EXEC
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Cosmetician Adrien : ARPEL
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"The Seasons" lithographer : ERTE
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Like newspeak and doublethink : ORWELLIAN
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He wrote "In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable" : JOHNSTEINBECK
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They may get carried away : REPOS
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Out-lying result? : TAN
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Fictional Sicilian town of literature : ADANO
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Bibliog. shortener : ETAL
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What some presidents are called : MADAM
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Over the hill, say : AFAR
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Former Toyota model for 36 years : CELICA
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Entrance line : IMHERE
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Cut-rate, commercially : ECONO
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Gran Bretagna or Nuova Guinea : ISOLA
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Cato's craft : ARS
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State in which "That '70s Show" was set: Abbr. : WIS
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Editor ___ A. Talese : NAN
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Kind of hub or port : USB
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New mint product of 2000 : SACAGAWEADOLLAR
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Sierra Nevada brew : AMERICANPALEALE
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Rock groups? : MINERALDEPOSITS
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"Again, but slower" : ISTILLDONTGETIT
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Wave creator : SINE
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Dumb as ___ : ANOX
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Jazz saxophonist Buddy : TATE
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One who might steal a kiss : CHOCOHOLIC
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Layer that scratches : HEN
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Colorful talkers : MACAWS
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Sousa's "El Capitan," e.g. : OPERETTA
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Brad's partner in 2005's "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" : ANGELINA
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Like many rebates : MAILIN
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Part of a supporting cage : RIB
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"Journey to the Center of the Earth" actress : ARLENEDAHL
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Forbidding : DOUR
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Cynical reply : IBET
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Chantilly's department : OISE
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Answer, in court : PLEAD
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MASH figures : RNS
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Suit-making grp.? : ABA
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Barre hop? : JETE
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Like moonstones : OPALESCENT
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Light brown : CAFEAULAIT
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Bump on a log : KNAR
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___ hall : REC
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Stuff in many 57-Across : ORE
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Like lunatics' laughter : MANIACAL
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Not acclimate properly : MISADAPT
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Dale Evans, e.g. : COWGIRL
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Staple of late-night talk : MONOLOG
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Oldman's "JFK" role : OSWALD
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Corralled : INAPEN
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Words of concurrence : ASAMI
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"Groundhog Day" director : RAMIS
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Nixon and Brezhnev signed it in '72 : SALTI
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French shipyard city : BREST
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"Whose woods these ___ think ...": Frost : AREI
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Thermal lead-in : ENDO
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Start of treason? : LESE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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