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TEN GRAND SURPLUS

New York Times, Sunday, June 29, 2008

85-Across : Disastrous drop

Author:
Tony Orbach and Patrick Blindauer
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 76 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Orbach. This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Blindauer.
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© 2008, The New York Times6/29/08 ( No. 21,418 )
Across
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City once called Eva Perón : LAPLATA
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Jim Belushi's costume in "Trading Places" : APESUIT
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Cross stock : PENS
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Napoleon's relatives : ECLAIRS
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Woo : ROMANCE
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Reform Party founder : PEROT
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Impatient kid's plea at a zoo? : SHOWMETHEMONKEY
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Minneapolis suburb : EDINA
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Four: Prefix : TETR
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Wipe out : ERASE
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Animal with an onomatopoeic name : GNU
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More kempt : NEATER
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Big name in computer printers : EPSON
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Worrisome type at a china shop? : TRIPLEKLUTZ
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X-rated : PORNO
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Sea route : STRAIT
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"That hurt!" : OWIE
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Count with a severe overbite : DRACULA
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Villa ___ (town near Atlanta) : RICA
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Dwellers along Lake Victoria : UGANDANS
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Seeking the right women's tennis attire? : AFTERASKORT
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Love overseas : AMOR
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Maker of the old Royale : REO
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"Get it?" : SEE
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Insinuating : SNIDE
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Warning sign on a pirate ship? : PLANKAHEAD
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Gold medalist skier Hermann : MAIER
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Miss Piggy's pronoun : MOI
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"Presto!" : VOILA
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Source of some inside humor? : WINKWINKSITUATION
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Name on a plane : ENOLA
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The dark side : YIN
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Young hog : SHOAT
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Tree doctor? : BARKTENDER
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City WSW of Dortmund : ESSEN
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Geom. point : CTR
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24-hr. convenience : ATM
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Dope : DIRT
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Your basic "So this guy walks into a bar ..."? : AVERAGEJOKE
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Disastrous drop : NOSEDIVE
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Rabbit's title : BRER
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Certain hand-held : PALMTOP
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___-majesté : LESE
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Brand-new to the language : COINED
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Gulf : ABYSS
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Use of steel wool, e.g.? : GUNKCONTROL
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Palate appendage : UVULA
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Butch Cassidy, for one : UTAHAN
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___ crow : EAT
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Peaks : ACMES
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Swingers' stats : RBIS
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"Be that as ___ ..." : ITMAY
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Cheez Whiz you could blow up? : INFLATABLEKRAFT
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What a rake does : LEERS
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Thaw : DETENTE
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Traveler's temptation : MINIBAR
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Once, in the past : ERST
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Hellish : STYGIAN
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Bears witness : ATTESTS
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In case : LEST
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Workout aftermath : ACHE
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Churchyard unit : PLOT
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Jack who wrote the lyrics to "Tenderly" : LAWRENCE
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Intend (to) : AIM
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Nursery items : TREES
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Cartoon dog : ASTRO
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Father of Deimos and Phobos : ARES
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Apple or pear : POME
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Comedic Philips : EMO
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Punch with a kick : SANGRIA
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Take apart : UNKNIT
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Become blocked, in a way : ICEUP
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Christie contemporary : TEY
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Took a two-wheeler : PEDALED
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"A Masked Ball" aria : ERITU
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Music for a baseball team? : NONET
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Movie lover's cable channel : STARZ
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Have a quick look from the hallway, say : PEEKIN
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Geiger of counter fame : HANS
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Alternative to J.F.K. and La Guardia : NEWARK
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Rain hard : POUR
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"___ teaches you when to be silent": Disraeli : TACT
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Prepare to chat, maybe : LOGON
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Some hand-helds : PDAS
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Golden pond fish : ORFE
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Be something special : RATE
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Padded : TROD
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Laugh, in Lille : RIRE
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Type of eye surgery : LASIK
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Practically pristine : ASNEW
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Thurman of "Kill Bill" : UMA
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"When You ___ Love" (1912 tune) : AREIN
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Actress Patricia : NEAL
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Concession stand purchase : SODA
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Opera's ___ Te Kanawa : KIRI
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Settled (on) : ALIT
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Luau fare : POI
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Converse competitor : AVIA
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Holler's partner : HOOT
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Use shamelessly : MILK
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Gray area?: Abbr. : ANAT
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Co. with a butterfly logo : MSN
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Nature's aerators : WORMS
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Nikita's no : NYET
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White wine apéritif : KIR
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Soyuz launcher : USSR
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Lots : AHEAP
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South Pacific kingdom : TONGA
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"Voice of Israel" author : EBAN
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Org. with peace-keeping forces : NATO
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Stock ticker's inventor : EDISON
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1958 Best Actor David : NIVEN
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"___ Day" (1993 rap hit) : DRE
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Flush (with) : EVEN
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Arid : SERE
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Perfume brand : COTY
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Boxing stats : TKOS
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There are 435 in Cong. : REPS
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Seed cover : ARIL
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Ben-Gurion carrier : ELAL
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Author portrayed in the miniseries "The Lost Boys" : JMBARRIE
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Indiana city near the Michigan border : ELKHART
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Spoils : DECAYS
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Illegal record : BOOTLEG
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Sly : CRAFTY
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Boneheaded : DUMB
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Deceit : GUILE
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Out-and-out : UTTER
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When doubled, sings : NAMES
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Something to believe : TENET
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Roxie's dance partner in "Chicago" : VELMA
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"___ or lose ..." : USEIT
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Lead-in to girl : ATTA
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Battle of Normandy city : CAEN
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Streisand, to friends : BABS
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"___ first you don't succeed ..." : IFAT
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Orch. section : STRS
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Wallet items, informally : IDS
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Darth Vader's boyhood nickname : ANI
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Chess piece: Abbr. : KNT

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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