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PARDON ZE INTERRUPTION

New York Times, Sunday, September 2, 2012

Author:
Joel Fagliano
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 72 Missing: {Q} Scrabble average: 1.73 Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzlemakers This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Fagliano. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 0902 ( 22,944 )
Across
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"Iliad" character : AJAX
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Cracked a bit : AJAR
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1986 U.S.S.R. launch : MIR
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Comedian who was the only man on Maxim's 2012 Hot 100 list of most beautiful women : COLBERT
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2004 Best Actor winner for "Ray" : FOXX
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Sir Galahad, e.g. : HERO
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Foofaraw : ADO
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Rhododendron relatives : AZALEAS
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Chihuahua that eats only the best dog food? : CHOOSYTOY
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What Jennifer Grey does in "Dirty Dancing"? : HOLDSSWAYZE
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Photo blowup: Abbr. : ENL
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Position of authority : HELM
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Book of legends : ATLAS
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___-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930 : SMOOT
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2012, por ejemplo : ANO
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Promiscuous woman of the Far East? : ASIANFLOOZIE
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Lets a ground ball go through one's legs, say : ERRS
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Opposite of rises : SITS
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Multitude : SEA
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Announcement early in an inning, maybe : ONEOUT
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Suffix with legal : ESE
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Sprint's business : TELECOM
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Part of w.p.m.: Abbr. : WDS
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Like some kisses : WET
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Fey of "30 Rock" : TINA
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Begin a game of "She loves me, she loves me not ..."? : SEIZETHEDAISY
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Blissful : HEAVENLY
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Prefix with sexual : METRO
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Diploma word : SUMMA
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"The Addams Family" matriarch : MORTICIA
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Salad bar bowlful : SPROUTS
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Mark : SPOT
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Unveil, in poems : OPE
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First-class piece of infant's wear? : CAPITALONESIE
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Word often shortened to one letter in text messages : ARE
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Anchor's place : DESK
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Two-day trips, sometimes : REDEYES
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Bargain hunters' destinations : TAGSALES
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Form of Spanish "to be" : ESTAS
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Verb for thou : DOEST
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Northern force : MOUNTIES
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Everest? : MOUNTAINDOOZY
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Like many a forgetful actor : CUED
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___ Aviv : TEL
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Nietzsche's "never" : NIE
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Pentathlete, at times : EPEEIST
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MI6 : Britain :: ___ : U.S. : CIA
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Rhythm band instrument : MARACA
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Scepter go-with : ORB
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Start of a tournament ... or the end of a match? : DRAW
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"Laugher" : ROUT
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Where busybodies live? : NOSYMANSLAND
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Poetic praise : ODE
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Tank top? : ALGAE
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Ambience factor : DECOR
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Midwest native : OTOE
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At birth : NEE
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Group that regularly plays a classic dice game? : YAHTZEECLUB
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Drop a hip-hop star from the festival lineup? : SCRUBJAYZ
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Lake at one end of the Welland Canal : ONTARIO
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"Small Craft on a Milk Sea" musician : ENO
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Related : AKIN
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Pulitzer-winning James : AGEE
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Pathfinders, e.g. : NISSANS
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Orch. section : STR
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Ad Council output, for short : PSAS
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Child's room, often : MESS
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Cochran who defended O. J. : JOHNNIE
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Mexican salamander : AXOLOTL
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Losing tic-tac-toe line : XXO
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"Now I see" : AHYES
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"Kiss of the Dragon" star : JETLI
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They might make your mouth water : AROMAS
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Booker Prize winner Arundhati ___ : ROY
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Taj ___ : MAHAL
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"Likewise" : IDOTOO
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Spray alternative : ROLLON
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He said "My reputation, Iago, my reputation!" : CASSIO
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Soda bottle meas. : OZS
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House work? : LAWS
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Scapegoat's onus : BLAME
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"It's not much of a tail, but I'm sort of attached to it" speaker : EEYORE
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Shower items, maybe : RAZORS
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African danger : TSETSE
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Doo-wop syllable : SHA
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Flabbergast : DAZE
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Informative : NEWSY
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Scene-ending film technique : FADE
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1930s world chess champion Max : EUWE
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Attack : SETAT
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"Bill & ___ Excellent Adventure" : TEDS
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Palindromic auto model : CIVIC
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Like some garages : ONECAR
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Salon treatment, informally : MANIPEDI
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Fool : SIMPLETON
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Torque symbols : TAUS
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Losers : ZEROS
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Ian Fleming's alma mater : ETON
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Not cheating on : TRUETO
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Burrito topper : HOTSAUCE
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Spear : IMPALE
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Gooey treats : SMORES
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"Revolutionary Road" novelist Richard : YATES
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"God willing" : HOPESO
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1974 hit with a Spanish title : ERESTU
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Applied, as paint : LAIDON
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It may have a blinking light : MODEM
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Authority : SAYSO
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Register : SIGNUP
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Ticked (off) : TEED
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First name in cosmetics : ESTEE
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"The Metaphysics of Morals" author : KANT
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Gave a leg up : AIDED
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Musical note part : STEM
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Powers player : MYERS
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Moore who wrote "Watchmen" : ALAN
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National park through which the Virgin River runs : ZION
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It started around 1100 B.C. : IRONAGE
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1979 #1 hit for Robert John : SADEYES
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Plucks : TWEEZES
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Wax cylinder : CRAYON
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Honolulu's ___ Palace : IOLANI
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Period of George W. Bush's presidency : AUGHTS
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Events for those who know the ropes? : RODEOS
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"Hang on ___" : ASEC
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Rinse and dry : CYCLES
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Come (to) : AMOUNT
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Town squares? : BLOCKS
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Cheerios : TATAS
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___ Day : ARBOR
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Fancy hotel features : ATRIA
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Rock and roll, e.g. : NOUNS
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Ball girl : DEB
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Book before Nehemiah : EZRA
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Essen article : EIN
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Fool : SAP
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Basketball highlight, slangily : JAM

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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