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New York Times, Sunday, September 8, 2013

High-handed ambassador stationed off the Italian coast?

Author:
Pete Muller and Sue Keefer
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {J} Spans: 5 Scrabble average: 1.72 This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Muller. This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Keefer.
Constructor notes:
Pete: Sue Keefer is my sister and a longtime NY Times solver. This is her first published puzzle. The first version of it included BLAZER LEGEND ESCORT [Companion for Clyde Drexler?] and ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
Judging by the test-solvers' comments, the clue for 99-Down, "Pussy ___ (Russian girl group)," will raise some eyebrows. But the group's name has been much in the news for several years, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fantastic to see a brother and sister team up! I'm trying to get my nephew (age nine) to co-construct with me, but he stubbornly and heinously insists that LEGOs are more fun than ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times9/8/13 ( No. 23,315 )
Across
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Fix : SPAY
5
Some powder : TALC
9
Hurdles for future E.N.T.'s and G.P.'s : MCATS
14
Antiqued photograph color : SEPIA
19
"Idomeneo" heroine : ILIA
20
River into which the Great Miami flows : OHIO
21
Japanese copier company : RICOH
22
Some title holders : EARLS
23
Search for a cradle-robbing woman in New York City? : PARKAVENUECOUGARQUEST
27
Candy bar featured in a "Seinfeld" episode : TWIX
28
Bittern's habitat : MARSH
29
Country composed of 200+ islands : PALAU
30
Start of many Brazilian place names : SAO
31
Salts : SEAMEN
33
"___ any wonder?" : ISIT
35
Sticky handle? : ELMERS
37
High-handed ambassador stationed off the Italian coast? : CAVALIERCAPRIDIPLOMAT
43
Cast : HUE
44
TV show broadcast from Times Square, for short : GMA
45
French/Belgian river : YSER
46
Turbaned type : SWAMI
47
Musician with the gold-selling album "Sugar Lips" : ALHIRT
50
Billet-doux recipient : AMOUR
54
Four-time Best New Age Album Grammy winner : ENYA
55
Peace treaty between a predator and its prey? : BOBCATRABBITACCORD
61
Frequently faked luxury brand : ROLEX
62
Palindromic constellation : ARA
63
Relation? : TALE
64
Contents of some six-packs : ABS
67
Tom Brady, in the 2002 Super Bowl? : INTREPIDRAMCHALLENGER
74
More, in Madrid : MAS
75
___ cube (popular 1960s puzzle) : SOMA
76
___ Canals : SOO
77
Charred : BURNT
78
Musical piece for a "Star Wars" battle scene? : STORMTROOPERSONATA
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Here, in Honduras : AQUI
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As a result : HENCE
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Mistakes made by some bad drivers : SHANKS
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Writer H. H. ___ : MUNRO
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___-Honey : BITO
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Magazine user? : UZI
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Smuggler-chasing org. : ATF
98
Advocate for pro-am tournaments? : CELEBRITYGOLFDEFENDER
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Kind of kick : ONSIDE
106
Pixar title character : NEMO
107
Like some excuses : FLIMSY
108
Pseudonym preceder : AKA
110
Change : COINS
112
Short-winded : TERSE
115
Turning point : AXIS
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Diminutive Aborigine? : MIDGETOUTBACKEXPLORER
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Engage in excessive self-reflection? : PREEN
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Marathoner's woe : CRAMP
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Sections of a natural history museum, maybe : ERAS
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Super Soaker brand : NERF
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Not approach directly : SIDLE
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Himalayans of legend : YETIS
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Prefix with god : DEMI
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Home of Wind Cave Natl. Park : SDAK
Down
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Nurse : SIP
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Stop getting better : PLATEAU
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Broadcast medium : AIRWAVE
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City near Mount Rainier : YAKIMA
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"Mazel ___!" : TOV
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[Pardon] : AHEM
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Director Wertmüller : LINA
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"CBS Evening News" anchor before Pelley : COURIC
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1969 Peter O'Toole title role : MRCHIPS
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Union letters : CIO
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Small 58-Down size : ACUP
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Ready for a frat party, say : TOGAED
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"Would you like me to?" : SHALLI
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"The Dark Knight" and "The Bourne Supremacy," e.g. : SEQUELS
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Mer contents : EAU
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Newspaper worker : PRESSMAN
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"Casablanca" heroine : ILSA
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Concerning : ASTO
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Skater's jump : AXEL
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Time piece : ESSAY
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X Games fixture : RAMP
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Acad., e.g. : SCH
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Brief remark upon retiring : NIGHT
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Milk-Bone, e.g. : TREAT
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Stroked, in a way : ROWED
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Arabic for "commander" : EMIR
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___ avis : RARA
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"___ la Douce" : IRMA
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Singer Winehouse : AMY
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Actress Carrere : TIA
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Lenovo competitor : ACER
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Having the fewest rules : LAXEST
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It'll grab you by the seat of your pants : TBAR
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Twice tetra- : OCTA
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Berkeley campus, for short : UCAL
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Sushi bar offering : ROLL
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Lip : BRIM
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Actress Chaplin of "Game of Thrones" : OONA
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Nonkosher lunch orders, for short : BLTS
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See 11-Down : BRA
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Playground retort : IAMSO
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Shoe brand named after an animal : REEBOK
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Taj Mahal city : AGRA
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Inclination : BENT
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Mex. miss : SRTA
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___ Bear : POOH
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Hungarian man's name that's an anagram of 38-Down : IMRE
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"Nuts!" : DAMN
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Speak pigeon? : COO
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Short trips : HOPS
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Ones with good habits? : NUNS
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Seductive singer : SIREN
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Frozen dessert brand owned by Mrs. Fields : TCBY
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Rule : REIGN
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Book of Judges judge : EHUD
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Bring down the house? : RAZE
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Disdainful response : SNIFF
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"Mad Men" channel : AMC
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Neighbor of Vt. : QUE
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Dumped (on) : UNLOADED
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Very blue : OBSCENE
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Accessories for hoofers : TOETAPS
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Ancient Mexican : OLMEC
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Like role models : ADMIRED
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Small mosaic tile : TESSERA
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Small ___ : FRY
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Pussy ___ (Russian girl group) : RIOT
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Opposite of brilliance : IDIOCY
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Job security, for some : TENURE
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Split : FORKED
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Carrier to Ben Gurion : ELAL
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Onetime White House family : NIXONS
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Some concert gear : AMPS
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Diva ___ Te Kanawa : KIRI
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H.R.'s, e.g. : STAT
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Withered : SERE
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Checkup, e.g. : EXAM
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Shampoo, maybe : GEL
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Ascap rival : BMI
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Inflation indicator: Abbr. : PSI
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D.C.'s ___ Stadium : RFK

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