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New York Times, Thursday, June 25, 2009

54-Across : Signs on for another tour

Author:
Bill Zais
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJQXZ} Spans: 2 Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzles This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Zais.
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© 2009, The New York Times6/25/09 ( No. 21,779 )
Across
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Formal club: Abbr. : ASSOC
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Places to press the flesh? : SPAS
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Spirited cries : RAHRAHS
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Some arts and crafts : POTTERY
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Red remover, maybe : EYEDROP
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Bonuses : REWARDS
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It's just a formality : TIE
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"Follow me" : DOASIDO
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Motel extra : COT
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Diminutive endings : ETTES
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Apple pie companion? : MOM
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States : AVERS
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Sp. title : SRTA
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Psychos : MADMEN
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Leave in the dust, say : OUTRUN
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Long introduction? : ERE
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English town near Windsor Bridge : ETON
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General on a Chinese menu : TSO
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Hinged pair of pictures : DIPTYCH
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___-Foy, Que. : STE
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Kind of blocker : BETA
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Start of a Chinese game : MAH
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Either of two emcees : COHOST
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Where "wikiwiki" means "to hurry" : HAWAII
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"The Shelters of Stone" author : AUEL
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Clip : SHEAR
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Anchorage-to-Fairbanks dir. : NNE
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Signs on for another tour : REUPS
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Result of an emergency call, maybe : TOW
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Get too big for : OUTGROW
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Prefix with -logy : TRI
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Philemon, e.g. : EPISTLE
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Like the Trojan horse : GRECIAN
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Oil source : LINSEED
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Starting instruction : STEPONE
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What circles lack : ENDS
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Garden hose problems : KINKS
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Craggy crest : ARETE
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"Tell me!" : SAYIT
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<--- Plastered : SHEETSTOTHEWIND
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JFK : New York :: ___ : Chicago : ORD
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<--- Gambling game : CARDSTUD
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RR building : STA
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<--- Sherlock Holmes novel, with "The" : PERCENTSOLUTION
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Heat : ARDOR
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Methods: Abbr. : SYSTS
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Part of a sob : HOO
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Rarely read letters : SPAM
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Race before a race : PRIMARY
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20-vol. work : OED
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Wee hour : TWOAM
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<--- One starting a career, perhaps : SOMETHING
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Drop the ball : ERR
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Migration formation? : VEE
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Inner self : ANIMA
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Record label of Bill Haley and His Comets : DECCA
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Gambling site: Abbr. : OTB
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Milk : USE
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What buzzer beaters may lead to, briefly : OTS
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What you keep : NET
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___ Desert : PAINTED
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<--- Work period : HOURWEEK
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Like some baseball teams : AAA
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Tee follower : HEE
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Penned : WROTE
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Archaeological find : STELE
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Cabbie's line : HOPIN
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Parts of a joule : ERGS
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Call that may result in an abrupt hang-up : PRANK
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Math figures : SINES
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Diminutive ending : ULE
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Crumb : ORT
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Snake's warning : SSS
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Cost-of-living meas. : CPI

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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