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New York Times Jun 16 2011

'Hud' Oscar winner Patricia NEAL
'It looks that way to me!' IDSAYSO
'Pete ___ Greatest Hits' (1967 release) SEEGERS
'The Wizard ___' OFID
'The ___ Love' (1987 hit) ONEI
'___ My Sugar Standing in the Rain' (1920s hit) ILEFT
*Birthday secret WISH
*CD part DISC
*It may be pumped or bumped FIST
*Let off some steam? HISS
*Not get some Z's? LISP
*Providence campus for aspiring artists, for short RISD
*Workshop sight, perhaps VISE
*___ soup MISO
1942 musical starring Rita Hayworth MYGALSAL
Accompany musically, maybe HUM
Alternative spelling: Abbr. VAR
Athletic conference for Grinnell, Ripon and Beloit MIDWEST
Band with the 1994 platinum record 'Always' BONJOVI
Baum princess OZMA
Be shy OWE
Benedict ___ (pope beginning in 2005) XVI
Big blowout BASH
Big blowout? NTEST
Big name in pizza DOMINOS
Capital whose name means 'big tree' in Arabic DOHA
Casting need REEL
Causing to wear away ERODENT
Checked out CASED
Chicken ___ KIEV
Collection agcy. IRS
Doo-wop syllable SHA
Ethereal AERY
Explorer Abel who discovered New Zealand TASMAN
Fake chocolate CAROB
Fantastik, e.g. CLEANER
French Fauvist Dufy RAOUL
Hockey's Tikkanen ESA
Kind of dye AZO
Kind of license: Abbr. LIQ
Lease period, often ONEYEAR
Make out SEE
Martial arts instructor SENSEI
New World abbr. AMER
Night that 'Dallas' aired for most of its run: Abbr. FRI
Noodle strainers? IQTESTS
Not false SINCERE
One who's often looking down in the mouth, for short? ENT
Points at the table? TINES
Port on the Tyrrhenian Sea SALERNO
Purplish drink SANGRIA
Pursuits of some candidates, for short PHDS
Puzzle type JIGSAW
Rub away EFFACE
Salad topping OIL
Sea-___ airport TAC
Sister of Venus SERENA
Smoothie flavor BANANA
Spanish muralist SERT
Suffix with concession AIRE
Suffix with heir or host ESS
The first 'S' in S.S.R.: Abbr. SOV
Tic-tac-toe loser XOO
Title for this puzzle ... which the answers to the eight starred clues will help explain HLMFFWVDMRV
TV show with Dr. Ray Langston CSI
Two-time Oscar nominee J. Carrol ___ NAISH
Uno y dos TRES
Walks off with TAKES
Water bearer? HOSE
Words sung 'with love'? TOSIR
Wreath for the head ANADEM
Yogurt brand DANNON
___ Linda LOMA
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