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New York Times, Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Did or didn't surpass a D.J.'s mark for accident-free days?

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {FGQZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Ben-Merre.
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© 2013, The New York Times1/9/13 ( No. 23,073 )
Across
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Repair bill segment : LABOR
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They may be checked at the door : IDS
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Have being : EXIST
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Essential ___ acid : AMINO
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Siesta : NAP
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Big name in rental trucks : RYDER
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Plant used as ground cover : VINCA
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Did or didn't agree to end the illustrators' strike? : DREWALINE
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Did or didn't dilute the prom bowlful? : ADDEDPUNCH
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Whirling water : EDDY
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Rumple, as hair : MUSS
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Suffix with Marx : ISM
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Like the base-8 number system : OCTAL
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Dean's domain: Abbr. : SCH
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Apr. workhorse : CPA
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Did or didn't perform a New Year's ceremony? : DROPPEDTHEBALL
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Butt out? : MOON
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Org. based in Langley, Va. : CIA
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Fox talent show, for short : IDOL
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Did or didn't surpass a D.J.'s mark for accident-free days? : BROKETHERECORD
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Set, as a price : ASK
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Pal : BRO
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Earns the booby prize : LOSES
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Part of a terza rima rhyme scheme : ABA
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Corner Monopoly square : JAIL
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Gem for some Libras : OPAL
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Did or didn't play a good round of golf? : SHOTSUBPAR
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Did or didn't participate in the Boy Scouts outing? : TOOKAHIKE
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Dinero : MOOLA
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With 44-Down, features of some Greek architecture : IONIC
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Pro vote : YEA
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Zaps, in the kitchen : NUKES
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Ream unit : SHEET
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Ready for war : ARM
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High, pricewise : STEEP
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Source of pumice : LAVA
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In the thick of : AMID
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Tight spot : BIND
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In a past life : ONCE
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Item in a gas station kiosk : ROADMAP
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Pakistan's chief river : INDUS
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Works on socks, say : DARNS
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Design detail, briefly : SPEC
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Disco ___ (1970s) : ERA
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Woody tissue : XYLEM
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Reply of confirmation : IDID
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E-mail command : SEND
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Long basket, in hoops lingo : TREY
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"This or that?" : WHICH
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Orange juice option : PULP
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Cow or sow : SHE
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Landfill emanations : ODORS
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Shepherd's aid : CROOK
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Honky-___ : TONK
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Sirius, e.g. : STAR
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Core group : CADRE
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Moves laboriously : PLODS
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Detergent brand : ALL
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Lover of Narcissus : ECHO
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Thing with pips : DIE
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Head shot accompaniers, maybe : BIOS
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Wall St. hire : MBA
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Fall back : EBB
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Wreck, as a hotel room : TRASH
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Bush 41 and Bush 43, for two : ELIS
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See 63-Across : COLUMNS
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DTs sufferer, for short : ALKIE
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One of a deck pair : JOKER
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Mr. T TV group : ATEAM
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Singer Redding : OTIS
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Milne's bear : POOH
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Super-duper : AONE
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Casual greeting : HIYA
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Ring contest : BOUT
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Elbow : POKE
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On the sheltered side : ALEE
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Stereotypical mobster's voice : RASP
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Insincere display : ACT

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle.

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