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New York Times, Saturday, August 24, 2013

One of the muskrats in the 1976 hit "Muskrat Love"

Author:
Frederick J. Healy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Frederick J. Healy

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 32 Missing: {BJQV} Spans: 4, (2 double stacks) This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Healy. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2013, The New York Times8/24/13 ( No. 23,300 )

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Start of a phobia? : XENO
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All the best? : ALIST
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Five-time U.S. Open winner : GRAF
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Immensely : ATON
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Leisurely : LENTO
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Sign of virtue : HALO
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Malted alternatives : CHOCOLATESHAKES
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Be ruthless : TAKENOPRISONERS
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Run-___ : ONS
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Pair of word processors? : CUTANDPASTE
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Instinctive reaction : GUT
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Verbal gem : MOT
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Bygone country name or its currency : ZAIRE
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Safe to push off : SEAWORTHY
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It springs from Monte Falterona : ARNO
35
Brush off : SPURN
36
Place for tiger woods? : ASIA
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Get going : KICKSTART
39
Not at all sharp, maybe : ONKEY
40
A shot : PER
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Plant production: Abbr. : MFG
42
"Go figure!" : IMAGINETHAT
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One of the muskrats in the 1976 hit "Muskrat Love" : SAM
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Play savior : COMETOTHERESCUE
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Dual diner dish : APPLEPIEALAMODE
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Stickler's citation : RULE
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"Or else ___ despiser of good manners": Shak. : ARUDE
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Newton, e.g. : UNIT
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Event with body cords : EPEE
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Not at all sharp : DENSE
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Lands : GETS
Down
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Brand of blades : XACTO
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Brand of literature : ETHAN
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Where seekers may find hiders : NOOKS
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Almost never : ONCE
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Go-for-broke : ALLOUT
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Proceeded precipitately : LEAPT
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IV component : INTRA
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Chain of off-price department stores : STEINMART
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Guzzle : TOSSDOWN
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Home of the world's largest artificial lake : GHANA
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Ground crew gear? : RAKES
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Like prairie dogs, notably : ALERT
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"Pippin" Tony winner : FOSSE
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As if scripted : ONCUE
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"Get the lead out!" : HOPTO
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Get inside and out : GROK
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Director/screenwriter Penn : ZAK
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"Exodus" character : ARI
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Magazine with an annual "500|5000" conference : INC
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Likely result of excess 17- and 53-Across : SPARETIRE
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Prefix with 36-Across : EUR
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Seemed to be : RANG
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Bit of chiding : TSK
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Not dally : HIE
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"That's fantastic news!" : YAY
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One bound to hold notes? : STENOPAD
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Venom : SPITE
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Spot ___ : OFTEA
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Actress Matlin : MARLEE
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Words of support : ICARE
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Do the final details on : MOPUP
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Not coming up short : AMPLE
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Frost, to François : GELEE
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Human Development Report publisher, in brief : THEUN
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About 50% of calls : HEADS
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Turnover alternative : SCONE
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Tax burden? : AUDIT
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Measures up to : MEETS
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Like many a goody-goody : SMUG

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

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