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IT'S A MYSTERY

New York Times, Sunday, September 21, 2008

Author:
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 68 Missing: {X} This is puzzle # 127 for Mr. Quigley. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 0921 ( 21,502 )
Across
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Drapery material : CHINTZ
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Lumber supplier : WOODLOT
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Item marked in pounds : CHEQUE
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City and county of central California : MADERA
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Rushing : ONATEAR
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Hair color : AUBURN
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School in Madison, N.J. : DREWUNIVERSITY
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Cause of worry lines : STRESS
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Poet whose last words were "Of course [God] will forgive me; that's his business" : HEINE
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"Beau ___" : GESTE
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Coup d'___ (quick glance) : OEIL
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Bank postings : CDRATES
33
Don't believe it : FISHSTORY
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Seward-to-Fairbanks dir. : NNE
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___ rancheros : HUEVOS
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Levelheaded : SANE
40
Raw bar offering : STEAMER
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Officer in "Alice's Restaurant" : OBIE
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Launches : DEBUTS
45
Classic theater name : RIALTO
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"The Divine Comedy," for Dante : MAGNUMOPUS
49
1950s-'70s TV host : PAAR
51
Petrol purchase : LITRE
54
It's often punched on a keypad : PIN
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Reader's goal : PART
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Online reading : EZINE
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Redeem : CASHIN
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Wife, informally : MISSUS
61
Fraternity member : ELK
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Difficult situation : HOTSEAT
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Sitting with one's hand on one's chin, e.g. : POSE
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Track-and-field event : HAMMERTHROW
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Google results : URLS
70
Duds : APPAREL
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Record producer who published the diary "A Year With Swollen Appendices" : ENO
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Appetite whetter : SAMPLE
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Favored one side or the other : LEANED
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Kon-Tiki material : BALSA
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Turned right : GEED
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What eds. read : MSS
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Get divorced : ENDIT
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___ avis : RARA
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Dropped off : FELLASLEEP
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More spooky : EERIER
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Work site? : INTRAY
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German river : EDER
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Trig angle : ARCSINE
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Salad morsel : BEAN
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"On Language" columnist : SAFIRE
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Mens ___ (guilty mind) : REA
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Pantry array : MASONJARS
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Enzyme in some yeasts : LACTASE
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There's one for dance : MUSE
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Prefix with centric : HELIO
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Only U.S. vice president born in Maryland : AGNEW
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San Luis ___ : OBISPO
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Ones in charge of a case ... or a literal hint to the eight other longest answers in this puzzle : LEADDETECTIVES
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Vacation arrangement : RENTAL
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Big name in auto parts : ACDELCO
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French subjects? : TENSES
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Alarm clock button : SNOOZE
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Psychiatric visit : SESSION
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Major diamond exporter : ANGOLA
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Mil. authority : CMD
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Laugh start : HAR
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Suffix with cyan- : IDE
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City with the world's first telephone directory (1878) : NEWHAVEN
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Loyally following : TRUETO
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Nuts : ZANIES
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Had work looming? : WOVE
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Combined : ONE
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Blade in sports : OAR
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The shakes : DTS
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"The Da Vinci Code" scholar Sir ___ Teabing : LEIGH
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Novelist who wrote "The Gravedigger's Daughter" : OATES
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No-tell motel visit : TRYST
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Italy's Reggia di ___ (royal palace) : CASERTA
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Pizza ___ : HUT
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River that rises in Cantabria : EBRO
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Beloved figure in England : QUEENMOTHER
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Bearlike : URSINE
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Eve ___, "The Vagina Monologues" monologist : ENSLER
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Connections : INS
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Quaint letter opener : TOSIR
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Eating sound : CHOMP
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Persian Gulf emirate : DUBAI
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Cover many subjects? : REIGN
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Extremely pleasing, in slang : FABU
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Occupied : INUSE
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Word with smart or mind : SET
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Upbraid : YELLAT
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Biological dividing wall : SEPTUM
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Being debated : ATISSUE
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Kind of fin : DORSAL
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Dumped out : SPILT
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Singer Corinne Bailey ___ : RAE
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Longtime news inits. : UPI
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Potato choice : MASHED
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Egyptian crosses : ANKHS
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Yemeni money : RIAL
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Tolkien creatures : ENTS
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Nobodies : ZEROS
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Southern legume : COWPEA
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Scoundrels : MEANIES
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Window washer's boo-boo : SMEAR
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Unlikely to be Miss America : HOMELY
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Ghostlike : PALE
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Big tournament : OPEN
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Card game played to 61 : SPADECASINO
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China's Zhou : ENLAI
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Loose overcoat : RAGLAN
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Condense again, as an article : RETRIM
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The Mormons, initially : LDS
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High jump need : BAR
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Certain photo caption : AFTER
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Broadcasters, e.g. : MEDIA
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Predictors : SEERS
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Brief indulgence : SPREE
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"Malcolm in the Middle" boy : REESE
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Cy Young candidates' stats : ERAS
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Liberal : LEFTWING
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Behind : INAHOLE
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Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy org. : NBA
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Safeguards : ARMORS
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Deli order : REUBEN
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Sacred places : SANCTA
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Winning hand in blackjack : ACETEN
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Stewpots : OLLAS
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Certain flower girl : NIECE
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"The Grapes of Wrath" family : JOADS
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T-shirt size: Abbr. : LGE
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"___ perpetua" (Idaho's motto) : ESTO
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Lots : ATON
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Opposite of guerra : PAZ
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Paris's Parc ___ Princes : DES
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Sixth-century year : DLI
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Prefix with freak : ECO
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Letters on a brandy bottle : VSO
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Marine predator : EEL
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Org. that has its benefits : SSA

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 7 debuted here and reused later.

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