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New York Times, Tuesday, August 25, 2009

4-Down : Front-line action

Author:
Bob Johnson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Johnson.
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© 2009, The New York Times8/25/09 ( No. 21,840 )
Across
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Early calculators : ABACI
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What it takes not to say "I see you've put on a little weight" : TACT
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Arabian Peninsula land : OMAN
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Georgia Music Hall of Fame city : MACON
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Workplace watchdog org. : OSHA
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Fashion line named for a sport : POLO
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Conceals, as a card : PALMS
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Golda of Israel : MEIR
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Just slightly : ABIT
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Residential area of California [think Chevy] : SUBURBANMALIBU
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In the style of : ALA
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Clumsy sort : OAF
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Fresh talk : LIP
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Start of a stampede, maybe [think Ford] : MUSTANGESCAPE
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"The Simpsons" storekeeper : APU
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Commuter's option : RAIL
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Realm of Tolkien's Middle-earth : ROHAN
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Subtle flavor : HINT
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Sonora snacks : TACOS
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Elbow : POKE
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Locale of many outsourced jobs : INDIA
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Altar exchange : IDOS
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Be sociable : MIX
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Part of a peace treaty [think Honda] : ACCORDELEMENT
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Blue shade : SKY
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Tot's "piggy" : TOE
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Letter-shaped cross : TAU
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Cars suggested by 20-, 26- and 48-Across? : HYBRIDVEHICLES
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Surface figure : AREA
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Trevi Fountain throw-in, once : LIRA
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Colonel North, informally : OLLIE
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Put on the line : RISK
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Dr. ___ (Mike Myers character) : EVIL
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The Beav's big brother : WALLY
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Rose who surpassed Cobb : PETE
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Religious offshoot : SECT
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Soda shop order : SHAKE
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Roadie's load : AMP
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Meadow calls : BAAS
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Rights org. : ACLU
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Front-line action : COMBAT
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Isolated, as a people : INSULAR
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Mummy's locale : TOMB
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On a cruise : ASEA
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Casual slacks : CHINOS
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Takeoff or touchdown site : TARMAC
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Gem mined in Australia : OPAL
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It might have a "wide load" sign : MOBILEHOME
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It's good when airtight : ALIBI
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Still in bed : NOTUP
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Charged : RANAT
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At a distance : AFAR
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Hawaiian fish, on menus : MAHI
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___ arms (indignant) : UPIN
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Going-to-church clothes : SUNDAYBEST
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Actress ___ Scala : GIA
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Conqueror of Valencia, 1094 : ELCID
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Much Top 40 music : POP
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Closely related : AKIN
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Barbershop call : NEXT
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Quirky habit : TIC
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"___ to Billie Joe" (1967 #1 hit) : ODE
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Sir Georg of the Chicago Symphony : SOLTI
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Play opener : ACTI
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Dugongs or manatees : SEACOWS
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Lots and lots : OODLES
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Bring back, as a fashion : REVIVE
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Islamic leader : MULLAH
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Quick-witted : SHARP
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"___ eleison" ("Lord, have mercy") : KYRIE
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Do some yard work : RAKE
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Idle of "Life of Brian" : ERIC
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Sentry's order : HALT
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Jazz's Fitzgerald : ELLA
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Symbol of smoothness : SILK
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Check out : EYE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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