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NASCAR ROCKS!

New York Times, Sunday, September 21, 2014

Movie with the line "Old age. It's the only disease, Mr. Thompson, that you don't look forward to being cured of"

Author:
Michael Ashley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 136, Blocks: 78 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Ashley.
Michael Ashley notes:
First off, I have to confess that I know next to nothing about things with motors, not cars in general nor NASCAR specifically. In fact, I am so lame that once, when a guy at the next gas ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
NASCAR ROCKS is a clever title, pointing to the theme of "rock songs punned upon to get NASCAR-related entries." Extremely tough for this non-pop-savvy, non-NASCAR watching crossword ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times9/21/14 ( No. 23,693 )
Across
1
Coping mechanisms? : SAWS
5
Dog for a "gentleman detective" : ASTA
9
White, informally : ANGLO
14
"Germinal" novelist : ZOLA
18
Ton : HEAP
19
Drama critic John of The New Yorker : LAHR
20
Teeing off : RILING
22
Popular children's "find it" book series : ISPY
23
Rescue film of 2012 : ARGO
24
It's normal for NASA : ONEG
25
Comedy classic of 1978 : ANIMALHOUSE
27
"Hey, what did you think when you missed that last pit stop?" [The Who, 1971] : WONTGETFUELEDAGAIN
30
___ rating system (world chess standard) : ELO
31
Ken of "thirtysomething" : OLIN
32
Surgically remove : RESECT
33
"Who, me?" : MOI
36
Bogs down : MIRES
38
Hydroxyl compound : ENOL
40
Fanny : REAREND
42
"Did you do anything for luck before today's race?" [Katy Perry, 2008] : IKISSEDAGRILLE
48
Scrumptious : TASTY
49
"Like this" : DOASIDO
50
Seth of "Late Night" : MEYERS
52
Rock's Everly or Collins : PHIL
53
Stopover spot : INN
54
Summoned, in a way : PAGED
57
Perform some magic : CASTASPELL
60
Okla. City-to-Dallas direction : SSE
62
4 letters : GHI
63
Gen ___ : XER
64
Exams for some coll. applicants : APTESTS
65
"How did that new car handle out there on the track?" [Maroon 5, 2011] : MOVESLIKEJAGUAR
70
Soft-shell clam : STEAMER
73
Steinful, maybe : ALE
74
Article in Aachen : EIN
75
Orly bird, once? : SST
78
Tend : MINISTERTO
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Giant in heating and air-conditioning : TRANE
83
Hack : CAB
85
City SSW of Moscow : OREL
86
Toy company on track to success? : LIONEL
89
Unacceptable to polite society : NOTDONE
91
Late disc jockey Casey : KASEM
93
"What did you try to do after the caution flag came out?" [The Doors, 1967] : BRAKEONTHROUGH
96
Cover with a hard outer surface : ENCRUST
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Dame ___ : EDNA
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Cast part : ACTOR
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Ming of the N.B.A. : YAO
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Relatively up-to-date : NEWISH
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Beauties : GEMS
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Slow-witted : DIM
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"Are you enjoying your time out on the Nascar circuit?" [Ricky Martin, 1999] : LIVINLAVEHICLELOCA
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Movie with the line "Old age. It's the only disease, Mr. Thompson, that you don't look forward to being cured of" : CITIZENKANE
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Lend a dirty hand to : ABET
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"___ do" : ITLL
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George Will piece : OPED
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Someone a little short? : NEEDER
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The Swedish Nightingale : LIND
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Sporty option : TTOP
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Love letter sign-off : XOXO
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Outfit : DRESS
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Antoine Domino Jr., familiarly : FATS
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Ditz : YOYO
Down
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Only Literature Nobelist also to win an Oscar : SHAW
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Dynamic start? : AERO
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"Ring" lovers : WAGNERIANS
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Impeccable : SPOTLESS
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Succulent plant : ALOE
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___ Domingo : SANTO
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Posthumous John Donne poem that includes "It suck'd me first, and now sucks thee" : THEFLEA
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At it : ARGUING
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___-Caspian Depression : ARAL
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Bay Area gridder : NINER
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Skate : GLIDE
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Green beans : LIMAS
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Asian wild ass : ONAGER
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Jerusalem : ZION
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Big Ten sch. : OSU
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Old track holders : LPS
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Reply to a captain : AYE
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Candied, as fruit : GLACE
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Assail : HITAT
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Yenta : GOSSIP
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Huge, in poetry : ENORM
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Semitransparent fabrics : MESHES
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Suffering a losing streak, in poker : ONTILT
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Rustic poems : IDYLLS
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Noon, in Nantes : MIDI
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Sacred images: Var. : IKONS
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Not be straight : LIE
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"___ Delight," pioneering song by the Sugarhill Gang : RAPPERS
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Writer LeShan : EDA
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Almost any poem that starts "Roses are red ..." : DOGGEREL
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Élève's destination : LYCEE
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High-speed ride : LEARJET
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Sounds of equivocation : ERS
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Still : STAGNANT
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"So-so" responses : EHS
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Eye opener? : DILATOR
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Kwik-E-Mart guy : APU
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Stop: Abbr. : STA
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Spammer, e.g. : EMAILER
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Classic sports car : XKE
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Words of retreat? : OMS
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Nov. honoree : VET
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Actress Massey : ILONA
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Travel option : AIR
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Poster bear : SMOKEY
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European capital : TIRANA
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"Romanian Rhapsodies" composer : ENESCO
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"Be prepared" : SCOUTMOTTO
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Sierra follower, in code : TANGO
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Needle : RIB
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Drama with masks : NOH
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Online investment option : ETRADE
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Big name in house paint : BEHR
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Squeeze (out) : EKE
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Place to dangle one's legs : LEDGE
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Tameness : DOCILITY
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Frankie who starred on "Malcolm in the Middle" : MUNIZ
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See 97-Down : ONEHALF
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Home of some Bushmen : NAMIBIA
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94-Down x 14 : SEVEN
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Coiled about : TWINED
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Tattoo artist : INKER
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Glam band with six #1 hits in Britain : SLADE
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Brief name? : HANES
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Trail : SCENT
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"Death in Venice" locale : LIDO
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___ libre (poetry style) : VERS
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Old Fords : LTDS
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Get old : CLOY
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Dog Chow alternative : ALPO
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Crew member : COX
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One means of corp. financing : IPO
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Okla. neighbor : TEX

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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