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New York Times, Sunday, September 14, 2014

Author:
Tony Orbach and Patrick Blindauer
Editor:
Will Shortz
Thunderstruck critic's review for actor Richard?
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 68 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Orbach. This is puzzle # 54 for Mr. Blindauer. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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© 2014, The New York Times9/14/14 ( No. 23,686 )
Across
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Sissy who's not a sissy : SPACEK
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Benefits : AVAILS
13
Blade in the back? : SCAPULA
20
Lost lady in "The Raven" : LENORE
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Refresher : CATNAP
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Cleaning aid : WASHRAG
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Bid : INVITE
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Something given when someone has been taken : EULOGY
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Tranquil : ATPEACE
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Actor Michael's means of support? : CAINEPILLAR
28
Comic Tina recovered from her wound? : FEYHEALED
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Early "Project Runway" sponsor : ELLE
31
No-see-ums : GNATS
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Obama caricature feature : BIGEARS
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Ocho ___ (Jamaican resort) : RIOS
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Blood products : SERA
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Big name in ice cream : EDY
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Positive signs of life in outer space? : AOKS
42
Heir of martial artist Bruce? : LEESCION
46
Tennis champ Monica : SELES
48
Square : UNHIP
49
Hip-hop record mogul Gotti : IRV
50
Civil rights leader Roy : INNIS
52
Annoyance for actor Colin? : FIRTHBOTHER
55
Org. that takes donations for the strapped? : NRA
56
Caroler's quaff : EGGNOG
58
2007 3x platinum Alicia Keys album : ASIAM
59
2012 gold-medal gymnast Raisman : ALY
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Person whose number is up : GONER
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Ins : ELITE
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Sag : DROOP
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Flamenco cries : OLES
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Thunderstruck critic's review for actor Richard? : GEREBOGGLES
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Studies: Abbr. : RPTS
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Ball club position : SCOUT
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Word in a Yale fight song : BOOLA
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Popular airfare comparison site : KAYAK
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Trojan's home, for short : USC
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Sirs' counterparts : MAAMS
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Thriller writer DeMille : NELSON
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The Judds, e.g. : DUO
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What actor Martin calls his athletic footwear? : SHEENCLEATS
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"His wife could ___ lean" : EATNO
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Q&A part: Abbr. : ANS
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Branch of Islam : SUNNI
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Dental unit : TOOTH
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Urban legend about rapper Kanye? : WESTMYTH
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"The Great White Hope" director Martin : RITT
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It came down in 2001 : MIR
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Out of the wind : ALEE
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Bring down, in England : RASE
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"Me, me, me" sort : EGOTIST
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Cleaning aid since 1889 : LYSOL
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Aquatic organism : ALGA
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Musician David's equestrian accouterments? : BYRNETACK
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Tart cocktail named for comic Amy? : POEHLERSOUR
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Components for wireless networks : ROUTERS
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Philippine province with a repetitive name : ILOILO
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"Good riddance!" : NOLOSS
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Suspected cause of Napoleon's death : ARSENIC
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Subject of a Scottish mystery, informally : NESSIE
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Not totally against : OPENTO
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Aces the test : GETSANA
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Some mounts : STEEDS
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Oil giant based in Memphis : WESSON
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Piece of cake : SLICE
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Kind of code : PENAL
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Rural block : ANVIL
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Creative word people : COINERS
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Folies-Bergère costume designer : ERTE
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"Don't stop!" : KEEPGOING
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Speedy Northeast conveyance : ACELA
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Leaps : VAULTS
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They go around the world : ATLASES
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"___ out?" (question to a pet) : INOR
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Fail to keep up : LAG
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Ian Fleming genre : SPYFI
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Influenced : SWAYED
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Polo grounds? : CATHAY
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In accordance with : ASPER
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Partridge family member : PHEASANT
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Russia's ___ Airlines : URAL
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Teddy material : LACE
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Kept underground, maybe : AGED
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One way to break out : INSONG
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Casts out : EGESTS
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"Eat, Pray, Love" setting : BALI
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More slick, in a way : ICIER
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Call : REF
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"Praise the Lord!" : OHHAPPYDAY
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German city on the Baltic : KIEL
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Surprisingly agile : SPRY
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Jargon : LINGO
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"The Fog of War" director Morris : ERROL
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Ephemeral : EVANESCENT
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San Francisco gridder : NINER
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Time piece : ERA
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Man, in Milan : UOMO
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Foot-long part : SOLE
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Stay out of sight : HIDE
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Set on a cellphone : BARS
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Bandmate Barry, Maurice or Robin : GIBB
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Get-out-of-full-screen button : ESC
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As well : TOO
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Dr. ___ Spengler ("Ghostbusters" role) : EGON
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___ pro nobis : ORA
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Some chip dip, informally : GUAC
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List abbr. : ETAL
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Elation : GLEE
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Old NBC drama : LALAW
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Heckle : TAUNT
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Little bit : SKOSH
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Bygone Dodge : OMNI
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Clove hitch and sheepshank : KNOTS
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Boycotter of the '84 L.A. Olympics : USSR
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Feng ___ : SHUI
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Not in pounds, say : METRIC
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___ Paulo : SAO
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Organic compound : STEROL
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Tempting words for shopaholics : ONSALENOW
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Accords : ENTENTES
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Impeccably : TOAT
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Home to the Blues and once the Browns: Abbr. : STL
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Noted hint giver : HELOISE
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German ___ : MEASLES
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Advil competitor : MOTRIN
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Lake that's the source of the Mississippi : ITASCA
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Lens cover : EYELID
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Davis of "Commander in Chief" : GEENA
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One side in a pickup basketball game : SKINS
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Department store section : SHOES
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Nut jobs : LOONS
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Verve : GUSTO
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Burning desire? : ARSON
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What 105-Acrosses do : BRAG
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Days gone by : YORE
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"Too much rest is ___": Sir Walter Scott : RUST
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Sit to be shot : POSE
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Tug-of-war need : ROPE
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Call from the sidelines : LET

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