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New York Times, Friday, October 23, 2015

"Man who stabbed, so to speak, without offence," in a 1911 novel

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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 28 Missing: {VX} Spans: 2 Scrabble average: 1.88 This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Birnholz.
Evan Birnholz notes:
I'm a fan of themeless grids that make use of the staircase pattern in the middle, with multiple five-letter words crossing one ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
JUICY puzzle from one of the young guns. We see his Devil Cross vibe in some great entries like COW TIPPING, STEP BACK, FANTASY ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times10/23/15 ( No. 24,090 )

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Across
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Rural activity in an urban legend : COWTIPPING
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Acronym in casual dining : IHOP
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Place for vocal supporters : AMENCORNER
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Wizard : MAGE
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Team-building exercise? : FANTASYFOOTBALL
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Certain pick in 17-Across : END
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One-named singer who was a muse for Andy Warhol : NICO
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Lexicographers' concerns : USAGES
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Cap site : KNEE
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"The breath of art," per Frank Lloyd Wright : SPACE
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Acts like a ham? : RADIOS
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Turning point? : DOORKNOB
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Looking at it a long time might make your head hurt : OPART
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"Democracy in fashion," per Giorgio Armani : JEANS
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Scientific discovery of 1869 : DNA
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Skinny : LANK
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One party in the Crimean War : TURKS
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2008 Libertarian candidate for president : BARR
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"The Two Towers" creature : ORC
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McDonald's order with about 340 calories : FRIES
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Alternative to a Ding Dong : SUZYQ
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"Make room!" : STEPBACK
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Babies : WUSSES
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Favor-seeking sort : CRONY
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Posted : SENT
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Hall-of-Famer Merlin Olsen and others, informally : LARAMS
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___ marks : SKID
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Super Bowl party bowl : DIP
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Source of a controversial 1976 Jimmy Carter interview : PLAYBOYMAGAZINE
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Peer : GAZE
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Hit directly : MEETHEADON
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Agape, say : AWED
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Perfect places for hitting things : SWEETSPOTS
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Internet ___ : CAFE
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Something found on the toe of a boot? : OMAN
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Meander : WEND
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Boom maker : TNT
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"That's impossible for me" : ICANNOT
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Flowers also known as tussie-mussies : POSIES
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Actor Jonathan, whose name sounds like it's worth something : PRYCE
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Skinny : INFO
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Opposite of paleo- : NEO
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Some modern deals : GROUPONS
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"It's me again" : IMBACK
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"Made like no other" brand : HAAGENDAZS
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Make goo-goo eyes at : OGLE
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New Orleans N.B.A. team, informally : PELS
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Opponents of the Reds, once : TSARS
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Captain of TV and film : KIRK
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Gets into hot water? : SOAKS
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Chocolate candies in the shape of truncated cones : ROLOS
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Not together : APART
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Twerking, e.g. : DANCECRAZE
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McDreamy's first name on "Grey's Anatomy" : DEREK
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How a Reuben is made : ONRYE
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Dad's rival : BARQS
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Like some details : JUICY
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Architectural crosspieces : TRANSOMS
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Complete dud : BUST
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Impolite thing to drop : FBOMB
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Splits, e.g. : SUNDAES
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Hoped beyond hope : PRAYED
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Datum on a birth announcement : WEIGHT
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Fish resembling a stingray : SKATE
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Sports org. with the Vare Trophy : LPGA
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___ unto oneself : ALAW
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"Man who stabbed, so to speak, without offence," in a 1911 novel : SMEE
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Singer with the 4x platinum album "No Angel" : DIDO
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Playing past regulation, informally : INOT
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They may be felt on a desk : PENS
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Material for Voldemort's wand : YEW
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What lightning bolts do : ZAP

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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