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New York Times, Monday, September 10, 2012

Author:
Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andrea Carla Michaels

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 34 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Andrea Carla Michaels notes:

I liked coming up with different phrases around EVIL. QUEENOFMEAN and SIDVICIOUS led me to wanting them all to be people, but it was not to be.

Fretted that SOMETHINGWICKED 15 was but a partial of the full Bradbury title of SOMETHINGWICKED this way comes, but finally went with it, because the book is often referred to as SOMETHINGWICKED and it perfectly summed up the theme. Now don't be cruel...

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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 0910 ( 22,952 )
Across
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Outrageous comedy : FARCE
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Big galoots : APES
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"Play It Again, ___" : SAM
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Plan B : ALTERNATIVE
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"I'll take that as ___" : ANO
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Leona Helmsley epithet : QUEENOFMEAN
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Tree with needles : FIR
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Bro's sibling : SIS
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Uno y dos : TRES
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Quayle : Bush :: Biden : ___ : OBAMA
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Entr'___ (musical interlude) : ACTE
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Urban's opposite : RURAL
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Words under a monkey with his hands over his ears : HEARNOEVIL
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Go the extra ___ : MILE
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Samuel on the Supreme Court : ALITO
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Again from the top : ANEW
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Start of a Ray Bradbury title ... or a hint to the ends of 17-, 26-, 49- and 62-Across : SOMETHINGWICKED
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New York State's ___ Canal : ERIE
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Supermodel Campbell : NAOMI
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Frequent "S.N.L." host Baldwin : ALEC
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One of the Sex Pistols : SIDVICIOUS
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A funny thing happened on the way to this, in an old musical : FORUM
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Utopia : EDEN
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Little guy in the garden : GNOME
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Rank below a marquis : EARL
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Football passers, for short : QBS
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All ___ up (agitated) : HET
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1956 #1 Elvis hit : DONTBECRUEL
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"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" boxer : ALI
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Falling apart : INDISREPAIR
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Big Apple inits. : NYC
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Price : COST
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Fails to mention : OMITS
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Queries on the Internet, for short : FAQS
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His: Fr. : ALUI
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Blvds. and rds. : RTES
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Not-so-impressive grade : CEE
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Suffix with north or south : ERN
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"Stop staring ___!" : ATME
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Slapstick props : PIES
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One of the Gabors : EVA
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Mister in Mexico : SENOR
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African hunt : SAFARI
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Zebra or zebu : ANIMAL
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Esprit de corps : MORALE
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"What's ___ like?" : NOTTO
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"It's ___ country!" : AFREE
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Mooch, as a cigarette : BUM
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Johnson who said "Ver-r-r-ry interesting!" : ARTE
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Bill worth 100 smackers : CNOTE
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Possesses : HAS
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"Don't Bring Me Down" rock group, for short : ELO
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Order between "ready" and "fire" : AIM
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Equipped with sails, as a windmill : VANED
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Gerund suffix : ING
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___ Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's birth name) : LEW
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Look that may accompany a groan : WINCE
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Mins. and mins. : HRS
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Jr.'s junior : III
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Brother of Abel : CAIN
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"Kitchy-kitchy-___!" : KOO
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Aussie bird : EMU
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Run down, in slang : DIS
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Kabul native : AFGHAN
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Feeling friendless : LONELY
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XXX-rated : EROTIC
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Summa ___ laude : CUM
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Words after nouns : VERBS
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Do-nothing : IDLER
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Combat doc : MEDIC
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Terminates : ENDS
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Going ___ tooth and nail : ATIT
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Paris's ___ d'Orsay : QUAI
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"___ ever so humble ..." : BEIT
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Some cameras, for short : SLRS
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Singer Yoko : ONO
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Corp. bigwig : CEO
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33 1/3, 45 or 78, briefly : RPM

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

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