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New York Times, Friday, September 21, 2012

Greven who wrote the 2008 best seller "How to Talk to Girls"

Author:
Barry C. Silk
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 35 Missing: {QY} This is puzzle # 69 for Mr. Silk. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2012, The New York Times9/21/12 ( No. 22,963 )
Across
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Gremlins of the '70s, e.g. : AMCS
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Logic problem : FLAW
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Neighbor of Lydia : IONIA
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___ Capital (investment firm) : BAIN
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Q7 maker : AUDI
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Like a national flag with a sword on it : SAUDI
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Rising star? : NOVA
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One blatantly disobeying traffic laws : DRUGCARTEL
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Pitcher Bedard : ERIK
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Tropical aquarium plants : EELGRASSES
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Like small potatoes? : RICED
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Greven who wrote the 2008 best seller "How to Talk to Girls" : ALEC
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Holy higher-ups : PRELATES
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"All in the Family" exclamation : JEEZ
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Cell group : PRISONERS
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Creep's peep : OGLE
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With 11-Down, bugging no end : DRIVING
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Aperture in some drills : OILHOLE
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Used bikes : RODE
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It prompts tipping in a bar : GOGODANCE
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Accessory near a basin : EWER
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Relative of a man crush : BROMANCE
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Calls from a 27-Down : BAAS
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Reluctant wearer of a cap : DUNCE
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"I'm not upset, really" : ITSALLGOOD
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Classic covered walk : STOA
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Composition of some orange spheres : CANTALOUPE
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Word with letters? : ARTS
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They take people out : EXITS
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Play to ___ : ATIE
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Commend : CITE
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Flavian dynasty ruler : TITUS
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The opposition : THEM
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Heat meas. : KCAL
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___ J. Mikva, White House counsel under Clinton : ABNER
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Much-tattooed people : MAORI
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What a mayor tries to instill : CIVICPRIDE
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Carver of Hells Canyon : SNAKERIVER
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Die : FADE
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It'll help you get a bite : LURE
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Flatter to a fault : ADULATE
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Flexibility : WIGGLEROOM
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Hull of the Constitution : ISAAC
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Propulsion gear : OARS
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See 34-Across : NUTS
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Flash d'inspiration : IDEE
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Isn't fine : AILS
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Shakespearean title character : CRESSIDA
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First name in '50s TV : DESI
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Into-the-stands homer, say : LONGBALL
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Mohair source : ANGORAGOAT
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"High Fidelity" star, 2000 : JOHNCUSACK
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Like a diva : EGOCENTRIC
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W competitor : ELLE
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First character seen in "Zelig" : ZEE
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Boat stem : PROW
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2009 Grammy winner for "Crack a Bottle," briefly : DRE
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Hit the dirt? : LAND
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Start to tank : GOSOUTH
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Bill of fashion : BLASS
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Italian for "baked" : COTTA
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Flip chart supporter : EASEL
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"Law & Order: SVU" co-star : ICET
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Move before taking off : TAXI
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Vexation : SNIT
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1943 U.S.-vs.-Japan battle site : ATTU
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___ Taylor, old sitcom character : OPIE
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Believe : DEEM

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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