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New York Times, Friday, July 22, 2011

Co-writer of Michael Jackson's posthumous hit "This Is It"

Author:
Todd McClary
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Todd McClary

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 25 Missing: {V} This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. McClary.
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© 2011, The New York Times7/22/11 ( No. 22,536 )

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Across
1
California river, county or mountain : SHASTA
7
Vegas Strip hotel : MGMGRAND
15
Spirits : LIQUOR
16
Redolent : AROMATIC
17
"Well, perhaps ..." : IGUESS
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Business card info : JOBTITLE
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Waste of an election? : CHADS
20
Cuts (down) : MOWS
21
Persuade : SELL
22
"Look!," in Latin : ECCE
23
Manipulate data : SORT
24
Championship game : FINAL
25
___ moment : AHA
26
Peewee : MUNCHKIN
28
2003 movie involving Christmas Eve robberies : BADSANTA
30
Come back again : REECHO
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Depend upon, as a decision : LIEWITH
35
It's signaled with a white flag : LASTLAP
36
Counterfeit : ERSATZ
37
Peewee : PINTSIZE
38
Co-writer of Michael Jackson's posthumous hit "This Is It" : PAULANKA
40
Pizza option : PAN
41
"Your Precious Love" duet singer Terrell : TAMMI
44
Charge : ONUS
45
What you might be rushed to get out of? : DORM
46
Concerning : INRE
47
Colon, e.g. : DOTS
48
___ Bird, daughter of L.B.J. : LYNDA
49
Natural : LIFELIKE
51
Office attachment : POSTIT
52
It often includes a colon : EMOTICON
53
Select as a successor : ANOINT
54
R-rated element : SEXSCENE
55
Card table error : RENEGE
Down
1
Like deli meats : SLICEABLE
2
Small diner location? : HIGHCHAIR
3
Pool exhibitions : AQUACADES
4
It's blue in an old song : SUEDE
5
Trash : TOSS
6
"___ Grammatica" (classic work on Latin) : ARS
7
Island where Rafael Nadal was born : MAJORCA
8
Development : GROWTH
9
Packs : MOBS
10
Setting for BBC reports, in brief : GMT
11
Movie box set? : RAISINETS
12
"Tuesday ___" (Count Basie tune) : ATTEN
13
Nabisco brand : NILLA
14
Big battery type : DCELL
20
The "1" in 1/2, e.g. : MONTH
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He wrote "All war is deception" : SUNTZU
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___ Bowl : FIESTA
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Umbrella holder, perhaps : MAITAI
27
Family in John Grisham's "Skipping Christmas" : KRANKS
29
Bargain hunters' events : SWAPMEETS
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Hassle-free fashion item : CLIPONTIE
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Gambling : HAZARDING
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Filming process for multiple aspect ratios : OPENMATTE
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Second pope, following St. Peter : LINUS
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Procter & Gamble hair-care line : PANTENE
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Watch : LOOKON
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Patio pieces : TILES
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Style on Japanese screens : ANIME
43
"Fantastic" figure of children's lit : MRFOX
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James who invented the Dual Cyclone vacuum cleaner : DYSON
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Gambling aids : DICE
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Single : LONE
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D.M.V. issue : LIC
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Course objective : PAR

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 9 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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