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"OH, REALLY?"

New York Times, Sunday, August 19, 2012

Big gambling loss in the Biggest Little City in the World?

Author:
Freddie Cheng
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Freddie Cheng

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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 72 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Cheng.
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© 2012, The New York Times8/19/12 ( No. 22,930 )
Across
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Polo need : MALLET
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Some ballroom dances : CHACHAS
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Go by again : REPASS
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Figures in TV's "V" : ALIENS
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Acid, e.g. : ETCHANT
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One-two wager : EXACTA
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Ultranationalism? : JINGOALLTHEWAY
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Sunday best : FINERY
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Keep on hand : STOCK
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View from une chalet, maybe : ALPES
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Reforms? : MUTATES
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Scream, so to speak : RIOT
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Gray shades : TAUPES
35
Mil. stat : MIAS
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Dame ___ Everage : EDNA
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"Thriller" Grammy sweep? : THEDAYOFTHEJACKO
44
Appear that way : SEEMTO
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Zero : NIL
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More than dislike : LOATHE
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Speed at which the apocalypse is coming? : TEMPOOFDOOM
51
Having allegorical meanings : AESOPIC
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43-Down follower : APOSTLE
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Brought in : REAPED
61
Gold-compound salt : AURATE
62
Balkan native : SERB
64
Obsessive-compulsive soap purger? : RINSEPSYCHO
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Source of indigo : ANIL
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Kate who married a prince : MIDDLETON
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Classic Jags : XKES
74
Big gambling loss in the Biggest Little City in the World? : RENOFAILURE
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Venetian strip : SLAT
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Louis Armstrong played one : CORNET
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More gung-ho : KEENER
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Excitement : AROUSAL
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Former Treasury secretary Paul and former Yankee Paul : ONEILLS
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Bad precept for U.S. foreign policy? : AMERICANEGO
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Spa item : LOOFAH
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L-P center : MNO
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Non compos mentis : ADDLED
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Not a happy ending on the yellow brick road? : TOTOANNIHILATION
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Choice word : ELSE
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"Are you ___ out?" : INOR
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Do a hula, e.g. : GYRATE
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Swerve : VEER
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Goes (for) : RETAILS
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Nastily slander : SLIME
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Wrong : AMISS
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What a chair may hold : AGENDA
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TV detective with his unbalanced suspect? : HAMMERANDSICKO
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Solemn pieces : DIRGES
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Like the Boston Tea Partiers : ANTITAX
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Whence the phrase "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts" : AENEID
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Opposite of dethrone : ENSEAT
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Big name in pasta : RONZONI
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Curses out? : BLEEPS
Down
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Some mil. brass : MAJS
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Settled down : ALIT
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Lead-in to type : LINO
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Bikers' woes : LEGCRAMPS
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Japanese mushroom : ENOKI
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J.F.K. search party? : TSA
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Clandestine group : CELL
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Link letters : HTTP
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Joint concern : ACHE
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Opposite of flat : CHESTY
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Part of a bray : HAW
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Santa ___ : ANA
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Dump : STY
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Dump : REFUSEHEAP
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Red-letter word : EXIT
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Article of apparel that's not made where you might think : PANAMA
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Like CH3CO2H : ACETIC
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Run : STREAK
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Asserts something : SAYSSO
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Plaster support : LATH
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1980s New York Philharmonic maestro : MEHTA
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Peter of "The Last Emperor" : OTOOLE
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Part of some e-mail addresses : AOL
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Radar anomaly : UFO
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Class action grp.? : PTA
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Spanish 101 word : ESTA
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Many-layered : DEEP
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"Little" comics boy : NEMO
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Rear : END
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J'adore perfumer : DIOR
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Perennial succulent : ALOE
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Religious figure : JESUS
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Sandbox frequenters : TOTS
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Manhattan Project physicist : FERMI
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Jazz vocalist Shaw : MARLENA
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Antelope related to the gemsbok : ORYX
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Cram : PACK
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"Am ___ only one?" : ITHE
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Mitt Romney and others, once : CEOS
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Pizzeria order : PIE
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"The Lord of the Rings" tree creature : ENT
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U.K. mil. decorations : DSOS
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Con : BILK
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China's Zhou ___ : ENLAI
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With the bow, in music : ARCO
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Really bright : NEON
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Memo intro : INRE
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Blonde Anderson : LONI
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Appropriate : DUE
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Death Row Records co-founder, familiarly : DRE
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Chap : FELLA
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"Finally!" : ATLONGLAST
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Like election laws, typically : ARCANE
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Ugly one : TOAD
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Watson of the Harry Potter films : EMMA
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Musical with the song "Seasons of Love" : RENT
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Sabotage : UNDERMINE
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Dump, say : SELL
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A long time : AGES
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Big vein : LODE
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Some Blu-ray players : SONYS
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Louis XIV, for one : ROI
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Wreath source : FIR
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Solution reaction : AHA
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Miss's partner : HIT
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It might result in a meltdown : TIRADE
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Tchaikovsky's "Eugene ___" : ONEGIN
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Bag handlers : TOTERS
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House of ___ : ORANGE
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Broadway smash starting in '87 : LESMIZ
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Pizzeria need : OVEN
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Chart holder : EASEL
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Spark, so to speak : IDEA
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Consort of Zeus : LETO
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Big oil exporter : IRAN
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Mini's counterpart : MAXI
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Summer cooler : ICEE
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Record problem : SKIP
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Lays the groundwork for? : SODS
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Half a laugh : HAR
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New element in each of this puzzle's theme answers : ANO
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Geog. abbreviation : MTN
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Tiny application : DAB

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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