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L.A. Times Daily Aug 20 2009

"Best in Show" org. AKC
"Born in __": Cheech Marin film EASTLA
"Dog the Bounty Hunter" airer AANDE
"In My Bed" R&B group __ Hill DRU
"Maude" actress BEATRICEARTHUR
"Please tell me you're not serious" IDIDNTHEARTHAT
"The Lord of the Rings" region, and a hint to the shared feature of 17-, 28- and 44-Across and 26-Down MIDDLEEARTH
1950 classic sci-fi short story book IROBOT
Ancient spell caster MAGE
Aquarium frolicker SEAOTTER
Archaeologist's project DIG
Ballot figure POL
Bay area airport letters SFO
Bentsen who said to Quayle, "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy" LLOYD
Big Apple neighborhood near the Bowery NOHO
Carnival resort RIO
Cashed in REDEEMED
Causing chills EERIE
Chess move you can only make once CASTLE
Cousin from an "altogether ooky" family ITT
Crane, at times LIFTER
Creative pursuit ART
Dispel hostile feelings CLEARTHEAIR
Drainpipe section TRAP
Drink that can follow a shot CHASER
Epic tale SAGA
Events with some very short rides RODEOS
Fed. research agency NIH
Flow back EBB
Fury IRE
Hold spellbound ENTHRALL
It may be wireless ROUTER
It's written on an env. ADDR
Item on a cocktail toothpick OLIVE
Knightly news? ERRANTRY
Malty mugfuls ALES
Mammy's boy ABNER
Mentored ones PROTEGES
Microscopic crime scene clue, briefly DNA
More likely to explode ANGRIER
More puzzling HARDER
Nose-wrinkler in the fridge, say ODOR
Not on schedule LATE
Nuevo __: Peru's currency SOL
Oldest of the Fab Four STARR
Play in the tub SLOSH
Portrayer of an Oz feline LAHR
Publicity PRESS
Pulitzer winner Burrows ABE
Queasy, perhaps ILL
Raid targets DRUGS
Retiree's abundance LEISURE
RFK Stadium soccer team DCUNITED
Scarcities DEARTHS
Scotch order NEAT
Screenwriter Ephron NORA
Selectric typewriters, e.g. IBMS
Server's tool LADLE
Shoe part INSTEP
Simian APISH
Snicker sound HEH
Some are HD TVS
Sound quality? SANITY
Streisand cross-dressing role YENTL
Subject TOPIC
To twice the degree DOUBLY
Trough site STY
Where it originally was INSITU
Where the 4077th MASH served KOREA
Words of resignation NOHOPE
Zero NIL
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