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POLITICAL COMBAT

New York Times, Sunday, August 1, 2004

Author:
Randolph Ross
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Randolph Ross

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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 84 Missing: {Q} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 82 for Mr. Ross. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2004, The New York TimesNo. 0801 ( 19,990 )
Across
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Make a quick left, say : JAB
4
Confusion : MESS
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Subject of the documentary "As I Was Saying" : PAAR
12
A black key : GFLAT
17
First word of "Wooly Bully" : UNO
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Brooks from Tulsa : GARTH
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___ nova : BOSSA
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They're taken in court : OATHS
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B & B : INN
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Having a line of symmetry : AXIAL
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Spenser player on TV : URICH
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Get rid of : SCRAP
25
The candidate was accused of having a ___ : CONFLICTOFINTEREST
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Spotted : EYED
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More than 70% of its exports are fish: Abbr. : ICEL
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Like some monuments : NATIONAL
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The candidate tried to cover it up and was ___ : ATTACKEDBYTHEPRESS
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Early times, for short : AMS
44
Record exec Gotti : IRV
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Shoebox letters : EEE
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Membranes : SEPTA
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Funds ran low in the candidate's ___ : CAMPAIGNWARCHEST
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Old Dodge : DART
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List ender : ETAL
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Victory: Ger. : SIEG
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Some summer babies : LEOS
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Preceder of Alamos or Altos : LOS
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Sublet : RERENT
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Frigid finish : AIRE
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Big overhead? : SMASH
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The candidate called reporters in for a ___ : BOMBSHELLANNOUNCEMENT
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"The Fog of War" director Morris : ERROL
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Relative of a gull : TERN
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"You've gotta be kidding!" : AWCMON
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It's watched in Ont. : CBC
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Invent : COIN
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Make over : REDO
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Bad: Prefix : CACO
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Avis adjective : RARA
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At the convention the candidate ___ ... : WAGEDAFLOORFIGHT
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Words after duke or shout : ITOUT
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Something flipped : LID
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Big ox : OAF
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"I told you so!" : SEE
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... and ___ ... : SHOTHISBIGMOUTHOFF
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Drink from India : PEKOETEA
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Wrapped up with : INTO
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Do little : LAZE
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... and later lost the election in key ___ : BATTLEGROUNDSTATES
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Tourist center's name : EPCOT
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North of Virginia : OLLIE
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Show as an encore : REAIR
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Short order, for short : BLT
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Army of the Potomac commander, 1863-65 : MEADE
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Has an opinion : FEELS
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Bats : NUTTY
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Flap : ADO
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Legendary luster : SATYR
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Greek house : FRAT
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Pampering places : SPAS
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Call on : TAP
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Influence, slangily : JUICE
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Bug : ANNOY
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Adjective with chance or fortune : BONNE
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Large, in commercial lingo : MAXI
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Bana who played the Incredible Hulk in film : ERIC
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Bad reception : STATIC
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Shoddy goods : SHLOCK
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Blue matter : PORN
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Word before "were" : ASIT
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Way up : ASCENT
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Enthusiastic : RAHRAH
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Dishes : GOSSIPS
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Broken down : FACTORED
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P.O. piece : LTR
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"Bingo!" : AHA
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A small dose: Abbr. : TSP
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Square dance partner : GAL
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Trump, e.g. : BUILDER
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Medicine watchdog grp. : FDA
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Service charge : FEE
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It's hot in Cannes : ETE
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High country : NEPAL
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Cy Young Award winner Mike Scott, for one : ASTRO
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Some coll. seniors take them : LSATS
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Actress Carrere : TIA
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Prefix with state : TRI
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Stock market figs. : AVGS
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Bill: Fr. : BEC
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Informal assent : YEH
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Sharp : ACERB
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Spanish saint : MATEO
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False flattery : SMARM
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Commoner : PLEB
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"Soul Food" actress, 1997 : NIALONG
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Brecht collaborator : WEILL
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Indian tourist city : AGRA
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Madrid daily : ELMUNDO
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Astin of "Lord of the Rings" : SEAN
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Teatro Costanzi debut of 1900 : TOSCA
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Sullivan had a really big one : SHEW
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Tiny fraction of time: Abbr. : NSEC
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Lose on purpose : THROW
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Sinus specialist, briefly : ENT
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The New Yorker cartoonist Edward : SOREL
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Emporium suffix : ERIA
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Soft ball material : NERF
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14 years before the Magna Carta : MCCI
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Slate and Salon : EMAGS
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Opposite of dia : NOCHE
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Certain security, briefly : TNOTE
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Like a new dollar bill : CRISP
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Wash : BATHE
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Bad business partner : CROOK
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Repeated interjection in the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" : OOOH
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Shop that fixes collision damage : AUTOBODY
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QB Manning : ELI
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Archaeological enterprise : DIG
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Looks up to : ADMIRES
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1990's Indian P.M. : RAO
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As loud as possible, in music : FFF
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It may be political : THEATER
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Addams Family cousin : ITT
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Leave home : SETOFF
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Tool for melons : BALLER
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Japanese Beatle? : ONO
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180's : UTURNS
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Get in shape : TONEUP
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State with two time zones: Abbr. : FLA
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In the box : ATBAT
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One of the Fitzgeralds : ZELDA
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Block legally : ESTOP
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Zeno's home : ELEA
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Expensively decorated : GILT
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Bank contents : DATA
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Does a job for parents, maybe : SITS
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Encouraging word : TRY
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Type widths : EMS
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Shade of green : PEA
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Be-bopper : CAT

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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