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New York Times, Saturday, September 10, 2016

She famously said "I'm single because I was born that way"

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 27 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 24 for Mr. Wentz. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2016, The New York Times9/10/16 ( No. 24,413 )

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Across
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Got smart : SPIFFEDUP
10
Section of a golf bag : WOODS
15
Capital where "hello" is pronounced "johm riab sua" : PHNOMPENH
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Two cents' worth : INPUT
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He played Moe Greene in "The Godfather" : ALEXROCCO
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"Capeesh?" : GETME
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Title for Romulus : REX
20
Block at an airport, perhaps : ICEIN
21
Move very freely : GLIDE
22
Very dark : EVIL
24
Drone base : HIVE
25
Animal whose name is derived from the Latin for "ghosts" : LEMUR
26
Breakfast offering : MELON
28
March Madness conclusion : TITLEGAME
30
It's a natural : ELEVEN
32
Burrow : LAIR
33
"Tabs" : LSD
34
Suit : EXEC
36
Grab (onto) : GLOM
38
Like distant stars : DIM
41
One rarely seen outside its shell? : TART
43
It's around a foot : TOEJAM
47
Batting a thousand, say : ONASTREAK
50
Scratch : MOOLA
51
Insurance company symbol : GECKO
52
"No ___!" ("Sure thing!") : PROB
54
Noah of "ER" : WYLE
55
Twisting the knife, say : CRUEL
56
Kennedy who won a Medal of Freedom : ETHEL
58
Fracas : ROW
59
Needing guidance : ATSEA
60
Brand once pitched with the slogan "You're soaking in it" : PALMOLIVE
62
Currency in 15-Across : RIELS
63
Regional IDs : AREACODES
64
The Devil, e.g. : TAROT
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"Ha ha, what a dork!" : NERDALERT
Down
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Comment made with an eye roll : SPAREME
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Soil scientist's measure : PHLEVEL
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Banished : INEXILE
4
Object of controversial hunts : FOX
5
Modern brain-scanning procedure, for short : FMRI
6
Late Jurassic, e.g. : EPOCH
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Cheating : DECEIT
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Lacking courtesy : UNCIVIL
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Frustrating exchange : PHONETAG
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Leeway : WIGGLEROOM
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What a goose may stand on : ONELEG
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Unbeatable : OPTIMAL
13
Small lollipops with collectible wrappers : DUMDUMS
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Exercised control over : STEERED
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Dearest : LOVE
27
Like Y's : NEXTTOLAST
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Gentle rising and falling, of a sort : LILT
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In the offing : NEAR
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Piece of brunch-making equipment : CREPEPAN
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"Look who's being catty!" : MEOW
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Light carriage : DOGCART
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Trouble getting started : INERTIA
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Non-PC sort : MACUSER
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Rarer than rare : TARTARE
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Going out with a hot model? : JOYRIDE
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Everywhere : ALLOVER
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She famously said "I'm single because I was born that way" : MAEWEST
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Rapper with the 1995 hit "I Wish" : SKEELO
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Faucet brand : KOHLER
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"If you want to sulk, go right ahead" : BEMAD
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Crazy, in a 2010 Shakira hit : LOCA
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Common palindromic text : LOL

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