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New York Times, Wednesday, August 8, 2001

Neil Simon four-skit comedy ... or an apt title for this puzzle

Author:
Sam Bellotto Jr.
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Sam Bellotto Jr.

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JMQZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Bellotto.
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© 2001, The New York Times8/8/01 ( No. 18,901 )
Across
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Out of one's gourd : LOCO
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City north of Anaheim : BREA
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Max ___ of "Barney Miller" : GAIL
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Trash bin, e.g. : ICON
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Small islands : AITS
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Main line : AORTA
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Eddie Murphy action comedy : BEVERLYHILLSCOP
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Arctic explorer John : RAE
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KLM announcement : ETA
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Aleph-___ : NULL
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Bicarb and others : ANTACIDS
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Rely on : LOOKTO
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Michael J. Fox romantic comedy : DOCHOLLYWOOD
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Follower of "on" and "off" in a phrase : AGAIN
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Odd couple? : DEES
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Send packing : AXE
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Milk: Prefix : LACT
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Pool employee : GUARD
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Dart about : FLIT
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"When Will ___ Loved" : IBE
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Earl's inferior: Abbr. : VISC
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Custard treats : FLANS
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Cheech Marin south-of-the-border comedy : BORNINEASTLA
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How commissaries buy things : INBULK
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Like a 24-Down, once : NORETURN
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Dallas, familiarly : BIGD
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Routing word : VIA
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Dumfries denial : NAE
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Neil Simon four-skit comedy ... or an apt title for this puzzle : CALIFORNIASUITE
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Leghorn locale : ITALY
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Earth force : ONEG
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Hammered obliquely : TOED
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Pianist Brubeck : DAVE
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Rose by another name? : PETE
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Rag doll's name : ANDY
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Fall sign : LIBRA
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Indian ___ : OCEAN
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Eagerly desire : COVET
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Four quarters : ONE
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Like Latvia or Lithuania : BALTIC
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Saudi capital : RIYADH
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Biblical verb ending : ETH
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Abecedarian phrase : ASIN
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Creep : GOSLOW
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___ welder : ARC
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Name in 1995 news : ITO
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1/4 mile, maybe : LAP
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Sterling silver and others : ALLOYS
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Scout's job : RECON
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Put to sleep : LULLED
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Shaft's end : ADIT
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Recyclable item : SODACAN
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Eucalyptus muncher : KOALA
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Venom : TOXIN
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"The Flowering Peach" playwright : ODETS
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Celtic sea god : LER
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Accused's need : ALIBI
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Libreville's land : GABON
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Biting : ACERB
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Maidenhair tree : GINKGO
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Play for a sap : USE
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Motorist's woe : FLAT
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Malign : VILIFY
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Boxer's bane : FLEAS
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Marriageable : NUBILE
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With 49-Down, bygone alliance : SOVIET
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Sort of a disaster? : TRIAGE
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See 45-Down : UNION
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Like most films : RATED
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Indigent : NEEDY
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Discontinue : DROP
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Alfonso VI banished him : CID
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___ glance : ATA
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Short head? : LAV
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Vane dir. : NNE
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Actress Hagen : UTA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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