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New York Times, Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Author:
Manny Nosowsky
Editor:
Will Shortz
Bodies making their closest approach in more than 50,000 years on August 27, 2003
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Manny Nosowsky

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FQVXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 181 for Mr. Nosowsky.
Notepad: 18- & 22-Across and 53- & 57-Across have a hidden connection to 36-Across.
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© 2003, The New York Times8/27/03 ( No. 19,650 )
Across
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___ whisker : BYA
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Jazz (up) : SPICE
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City across the Missouri from Council Bluffs : OMAHA
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Balderdash : ROT
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Bean seen on TV : ORSON
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Wizardry : MAGIC
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XXX counterpart : OOO
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Pay for, with "of" : BEARTHECOST
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Electrical units : OHMS
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Sweet wine : MARSALA
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Having some success : DOINGOK
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Crown ___ : JEWELS
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Church party : SOCIAL
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Keep ___ (persevere) : ATIT
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Jeans name : LEE
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Woven strands : PLAITS
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"Oh, sure!" : IBET
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Bodies making their closest approach in more than 50,000 years on August 27, 2003 : THEEARTHANDMARS
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Users of electrolocation : EELS
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Shredded : TOREUP
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G.P. grp. : AMA
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Reasons : WHYS
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Takes off : ERASES
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Surroundings : MILIEU
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Waldenbooks competitor : BDALTON
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Parade chief's rank : MARSHAL
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With 63-Across, where the Kings play in Sacramento : ARCO
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Remove uncertainty : CLEARTHEAIR
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Fair-hiring inits. : EEO
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Fab Four member : RINGO
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See 56-Across : ARENA
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Hill dweller : ANT
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Bygone : OLDEN
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Fence alternative : HEDGE
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Opener : KEY
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Worries : BROODS
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"Anyone home?" call : YOOHOO
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Kind of number or weight : ATOMIC
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Crying out loud? : SOB
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Canine neighbor : PREMOLAR
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"Forever Blue" singer Chris : ISAAK
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Field reporter: Abbr. : CORR
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Tolkien's ___ of Fangorn : ENTS
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Breakfast order : OMELET
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Big parrot : MACAW
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Back, in time : AGO
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The guy's : HIS
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Pretense : ACT
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Muslim pilgrim : HAJI
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Shoots from cover : SNIPES
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Celebration : GALA
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Italian island : ELBA
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Look like a creep : LEER
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Places for props : SETS
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A Musketeer : ATHOS
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Leader before Lenin : TSAR
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___-bitty : ITTY
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Old family Chevy : IMPALA
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Lions or Tigers : TEAM
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Half in front? : HEMI
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Israeli airline : ELAL
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Teasing : NEEDLING
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___ mater (brain membrane) : DURA
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Irritate : WEARON
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Smart : HURT
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When it's blue, it's fast : STREAK
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Epoch when mammals arose : EOCENE
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Nose-in-the-air : SNOOTY
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Picture : IMAGE
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Bleated : BAAED
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Onetime throne occupier : SHAH
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This spot : HERE
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___-Magnon : CRO
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"___ Abner" : LIL
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Swan song : END
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"Norma ___" : RAE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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