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New York Times, Thursday, July 3, 2014

One-named singer with the 2003 hit "Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)"

Author:
Luke Vaughn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 80, Blocks: 42 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Vaughn.
Luke Vaughn notes:
Very proud to make my debut today! When I thought of this theme I instantly loved it (I still do) and I'm glad Will liked it enough to ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
What a neat idea! Congrats on the debut, Luke. When I got to that central entry, I smugly sat back. And entered MOUNT RAINIER. So what ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times7/3/14 ( No. 23,613 )
Across
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Sheepish : ASHAMED
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Compass drawings : ARCS
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Secretaries may collect them: Abbr. : MSGS
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Jones for : CRAVE
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Aptly named Olympics star : BOLT
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Maker of the Insignia : OPEL
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Woman's name with an accent : RENEE
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Under tight control : ONASHORTLEASH
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Suffix with bass : OON
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Purse or pocket item, briefly : PDA
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Go over and over : REHASH
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French cop : FLIC
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Go off : ERR
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Half of hip-hop's Black Star : MOSDEF
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Game in 2006's "Casino Royale" : TEXASHOLDEM
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Treasure of the Sierra Madre : ORO
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Must give : OWE
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It's not unusual : PAR
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"Two for me. None for you" candy : TWIX
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It left parts of itself in 11 states in 1980 : MOUNTSTHELENS
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Had pity (for) : WEPT
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One of the music industry's former Big Four : EMI
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[Ha!] : LOL
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Info for an airport car service, briefly : ETA
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"It Takes Two" co-star : ASHLEYOLSEN
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Licks : THRASHES
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"Here Come the Warm Jets" musician : ENO
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All right : SOSO
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Like limeade : TART
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Grind : GNASH
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Brit. military decoration : DSO
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Like seashells at high tide : WASHINGASHORE
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Bad-mouths : TRASHES
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Three-piece piece : VEST
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First name in long jumping : EVEL
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Two ___ (double-teaming situation) : ONONE
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Pro competitor : ANTI
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Pops : DADS
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What locks may cover : NAPES
Down
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Early 2000s attorney general : ASHCROFT
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Anatomical ring : AREOLE
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Detective of 1960s-'70s TV : MANNIX
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Female rapper with the 2002 hit "Gangsta Lovin'" : EVE
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Thought-provoking : DEEP
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On : ABOARD
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Howard who narrated "Arrested Development" : RON
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Not go together at all : CLASH
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Attack en masse : STORM
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Ones woolgathering? : MOTHS
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Landing for many an Apollo mission : SPLASHDOWN
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"Who'da thunk it?!" : GEE
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/ : SLASH
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U.S. truck maker until the early '50s : REO
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X : DELETE
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Leave the casino, say : CASHOUT
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Cold-blooded sort : REPTILE
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Dwarf planet beyond Pluto : ERIS
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Hottie : FOX
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Keep : OWN
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Start of a tile game : MAH
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Need for support : RELYON
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Enlightens : TELLS
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Kind of lab : METH
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Illusion creator : OPARTIST
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Chart-topper : SMASH
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Throne room at Buckingham Palace : LOO
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Like April, typically : WET
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Co-author of "The Communist Manifesto" : ENGELS
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Place to get a malted : SODASHOP
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Early Semite : ESSENE
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Deadly constrictors : NOOSES
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One-named singer with the 2003 hit "Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)" : ASHANTI
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Fraction of a watt-hour : ERG
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Hidden (away) : STASHED
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Olympic decathlon gold medalist ___ Eaton : ASHTON
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Home of Marshall Univ. : WVA
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Colorless : ASHEN
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Eggs : OVA
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Sunburned : RED
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Code carrier, sometimes : RNA

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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