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New York Times, Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Author:
Finn Vigeland
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Finn Vigeland

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {BJQXZ} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Vigeland. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Finn Vigeland notes:
The seed for this puzzle came when I was filling a different puzzle and two -GATE words ended up crossing in a corner. I thought that ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Really fun idea, ___GATE words interpreted as various Watergate or Irangate-like scandals. I especially liked the ones where the ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

This is my favorite puzzle of the week.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0426 ( 24,276 )

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Across
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Medieval drudges : SERFS
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Word before shot or season : FLU
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Imbecile : DOLT
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Gives a heads-up : ALERTS
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Protection provided by military planes : AIRCOVER
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Watch in astonishment : GAPEAT
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Scandal surrounding copy editors' proofreading marks? : DELEGATE
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Scandal involving Tesla C.E.O. Musk? : ELONGATE
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Completely fine : ALLOK
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Some hosp. tests : EEGS
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Facilitate : EASE
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Storyteller Wilhelm or Jakob : GRIMM
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Scandal affecting iPhone owners? : APPLEGATE
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___ Canyon Park (running spot in the Hollywood Hills) : RUNYON
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Restaurant dip for bread : OIL
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Do the breaststroke, say : SWIM
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N.Y.C. subway inits. : IRT
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"Hamilton," e.g. : MUSICAL
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Sleeve filler : ARM
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Title on "Downton Abbey" : EARL
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TV-watching room : DEN
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Rink game : HOCKEY
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Scandal in the aftermath of a tsunami? : FLOODGATE
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Removes, as a layer : SHEDS
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Small, brown songbird : WREN
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"Toodles!" : TATA
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Words of sympathy : ICARE
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Scandal that implicates a detective? : TAILGATE
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Scandal depicted in "Avatar"? : NAVIGATE
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"Amen to that!" : WORDUP
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Popular strength-training program : CROSSFIT
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Be a pilot : AVIATE
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Warmonger : HAWK
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Shirt for a workout : TEE
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Come after : ENSUE
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Wise one : SAGE
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Its inaugural flight was in 1948 : ELAL
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Pickup that gets picked up, perhaps : REPO
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Ally who's not completely an ally : FRENEMY
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Aggressive manager for a child star : STAGEMOM
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Lose vibrancy : FADE
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Bit of fiction : LIE
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Address you can't enter into a GPS : URL
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Angled golf holes : DOGLEGS
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Shape of the president's office : OVAL
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Jared of "Dallas Buyers Club" : LETO
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Long hike : TREK
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Doe's mate : STAG
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Desist : CEASE
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Decidedly not-lax grp. at LAX : TSA
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Filmdom's "The Bible," e.g. : EPIC
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Deity to 1.5+ billion : ALLAH
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"Good ___!" : GRIEF
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Nonurban : RURAL
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Course that might be labeled "101" : INTRO
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North, south, east or west : POINT
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Up from bed : AWAKE
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Ready for bed : TIRED
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TV's "Oscars" : EMMYS
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Wink accompanier : NUDGE
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Actor Bean, whose first name looks like it rhymes with his last, but doesn't : SEAN
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Frequent theme for Adele : LOSTLOVE
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Not having much chance of failure : LOWRISK
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"Much to my ___ ..." : CHAGRIN
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Bottom-of-the-barrel stuff : DREGS
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Hellenic "H" : ETA
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Former Sanyo competitor : AIWA
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Ruler division : INCH
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___ mia (Italian term of endearment) : CARA
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Declare assuredly : AVOW
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Head of the French department? : TETE
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Ones helping a public prosecutor, for short : ADAS
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Ballerina's wear : TUTU
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Olympics sword : EPEE
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Back on board : AFT
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Suit accessory : TIE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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