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LET'S TALK ABOUT ME

New York Times, Sunday, August 16, 2009

Author:
Randolph Ross
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Randolph Ross

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 63 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 95 for Mr. Ross. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2009, The New York TimesNo. 0816 ( 21,831 )
Across
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Added (on) : TACKED
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Schisms : RIFTS
12
Says "Two 19-Across," e.g. : BIDS
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One of the Big Three, for short : FDR
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See 12-Across : HEARTS
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More than is required : UNDUE
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Home of Rainbow Bridge National Monument : UTAH
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"Riddle-me-___" : REE
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"Pardon me" : ERRORMESSAGE
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Late 1920s to around 1950 : RADIOERA
27
North Carolina town that's home to Appalachian State University : BOONE
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Summer comfort stat : THI
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"Save me" : MASSAPPEAL
31
Seeding org. : USTA
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Statement of fact : ITISSO
35
"My best soldiers," according to Douglas MacArthur : WACS
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In shape : TRIM
37
A.A.A. recommendation: Abbr. : RTE
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"Feed me" : COUNTERPLEA
40
Physicist Bohr : NIELS
41
Exactly right, in British lingo : BANGON
43
"The Thorn Birds" and others : SAGAS
44
Stops on the road : INNS
45
Kind of column or committee : STEERING
48
Put the kibosh on : BAN
49
It has strong jaws : VISE
51
Modern trivia competition locale : PUB
54
"For me?" : RECEIVINGLINE
57
Irishman who was a Time magazine Person of the Year in 2005 : BONO
58
___ ligation : TUBAL
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Ones entering rehab : USERS
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Enters gradually : EASESINTO
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Snorkeling sites : ATOLLS
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Break off : END
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Plug : WAD
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Gets no answers wrong on the test : ACESIT
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1993 TV western starring Kenny Rogers and Travis Tritt : RIODIABLO
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Invites to one's apartment, say : HASUP
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Scott Turow's first book was about them : ONELS
74
Nevada city : ELKO
75
"Shoot me" : FILMDIRECTION
78
Mo. with Natl. Grandparents' Day : SEP
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___ Dubos, humanist who said "Think globally, act locally" : RENE
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Old verb suffix : ETH
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Superlative on "Top Chef" : TASTIEST
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Fearsome Foursome team : RAMS
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Like some grain : OATEN
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Rough shelter : LEANTO
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N.C.A.A. women's basketball powerhouse : UCONN
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"Lean on me" : TENDEROFFER
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Herd of whales : GAM
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Pickup place for pets : NAPE
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Airline mentioned in "Back in the U.S.S.R." : BOAC
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Former Miss America host : RONELY
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Al dente : FIRM
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"Make me" : CROSSWORDS
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Actress Hagen : UTA
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Singing Simon : CARLY
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Bartender's announcement : LASTCALL
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"Kiss me" : PECKINGORDER
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Friend ___ friend : OFA
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Draft status : ONEA
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Where Jean-Claude Killy practiced : ALPES
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Theater area : RIALTO
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Lighting director's choice : GEL
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Bank bailout acronym : TARP
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Big success : SMASH
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Child often having special responsibilities : ELDEST
Down
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Where many commuters live, informally : THEBURBS
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Balloon or blimp : AEROSTAT
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Sweet potato nutrient : CAROTENE
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Icelandic money : KRONA
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To be abroad : ETRE
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British mil. decoration : DSM
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Enter quickly : RUSHIN
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Won't take no for an answer : INSISTS
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Org. overseeing trials : FDA
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Port pusher : TUG
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Come across as : SEEM
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Holders of body lubricating fluids : BURSAE
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Lake ___, source of the Mississippi : ITASCA
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Pops in the nursery : DADAS
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Send : SHIP
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"It's on me" : FREERESPONSE
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Go off track : DERAIL
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What kings rule : REALMS
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Classical rebuke : ETTU
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Choose to participate : OPTIN
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Cobblers' needs : AWLS
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Like some bonds : IONIC
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Stilt, e.g. : SEABIRD
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Eyes and ears : ORGANS
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Arcangelo ___, Italian violin master : CORELLI
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Sign of hunger : PANG
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Tonga-to-Hawaii dir. : NNE
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Daytime talk show starting in 1987 : GERALDO
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"___ little silhouetto of a man" ("Bohemian Rhapsody" lyric) : ISEEA
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Big word in German ads : NEU
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Ballet set in the Rhineland : GISELLE
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Word that led to the "Why a duck?" routine by the Marx brothers : VIADUCT
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Walk-___ : INS
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Before : UNTIL
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Cans : BOOTS
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Nasty words : VENOM
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Housing arrangement : LEASE
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Congressional terms, e.g. : BIENNIA
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Scale weights : TARES
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Functional : UTILE
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"Write me" : BOOKPROPOSAL
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Child's wheels : SCOOTER
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Bank holdings? : SAFES
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Battle star : WARHERO
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Hamper : BIN
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Batsman : HITTER
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Mom-and-pop org. : PTA
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Very, very tired : DEAD
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Singing brothers' surname : ISLEY
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Presidential inits. : RMN
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Wrap around : ENGIRDLE
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Hollywood hopefuls : STARLETS
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Flapdoodle : TOMMYROT
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"___ of robins ..." : ANEST
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Ready for a drive? : ONCD
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Protest cry : NONUKES
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Get moving again, in a way : UNCLOG
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Wine order : CARAFE
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Mechanic : TOOLER
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Cap attachment : EARLAP
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Obsession : FETISH
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Sweet treat : FLAN
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Safari leader : BWANA
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Unit of capacitance : FARAD
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Resident of the Land of Cakes : SCOT
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Places to unwind : SPAS
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Thing to wind : COIL
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Hardwood source : ELM
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One who knows one's liabilities : CPA
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E.T.S. offering : GRE

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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