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New York Times, Friday, July 5, 2019

Like the role of Albus Dumbledore after the second Harry Potter movie

Author:
Freddie Cheng
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JKQZ} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Cheng. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Freddie Cheng notes:
The seed for the puzzle was "PHARMA BRO," as it was an entry that the NYT team liked in a prior unrelated and rejected themeless. So I ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I almost disqualified this puzzle from POW! contention based on technical flaws. A 70-word crossword (generally an easy themeless ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times7/5/19 ( No. 25,441 )
Across
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Gum-producing plant : GUAR
5
Addition to a compost pile : RIND
9
Rush home? : FRAT
13
Store discount come-on : ONSALENOW
15
___-Turkish War (post-W.W. I conflict) : GRECO
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"Doesn't concern me" : ASIFICARE
17
Take two : RETRY
18
"Not true!" : THATSALIE
19
Former Houston hockey team : AEROS
20
Illustration, for example: Abbr. : SYN
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Ad time filler, for short : PSA
22
Half of an interrogation team : BADCOP
24
Neighbors of Estonians : LETTS
26
First American film in which a toilet is heard being flushed (1960) : PSYCHO
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Equally distant : ASFAR
31
Cry at a surprise birthday party : HIDE
33
Shut (up) : COOP
34
Pull a fast one on : SCAM
35
Chill : RELAX
36
Where a stud might go : LOBE
37
Big name in Deco design : ERTE
38
Hipsteresque, in a way : ARTY
39
Struck out : DELED
40
Like bonds designated AAA : SAFEST
42
A-listers : STARS
44
Little mischief-makers : PIXIES
46
Fernando or Felipe, once : REY
47
Word with nursing or training : BRA
50
Touch of color : TINCT
51
One making a living by pushing drugs, informally : PHARMAREP
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Contend : ARGUE
55
Sound evidence? : AUDIOTAPE
56
Good earth : LOESS
57
Stay with a friend, say : SLEEPOVER
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Concerning : INRE
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What areology is the study of : MARS
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Synthetic fiber, for short : POLY
Down
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Sources of cashmere : GOATS
2
Openly confident : UNSHY
3
___ fusion (cuisine) : ASIAN
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Large quantity : RAFT
5
Like the role of Albus Dumbledore after the second Harry Potter movie : RECAST
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All huffy : INALATHER
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"Me neither" : NORI
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Poindexter : DWEEB
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Gives away to a better home, in a modern coinage : FREECYCLES
10
Back in again : RETROCOOL
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One who hates heights : ACROPHOBE
12
Messes around (with) : TOYS
14
Daffy Duck, notably : LISPER
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Addressees of valedictories : GRADS
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High point : APEX
24
"Nobody ever told me," e.g. : LAMEEXCUSE
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Deposits in some banks : SILTS
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Bit of punditry : OPED
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"___ Death," movement from "Peer Gynt" : ASES
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Metal in a junk heap : SCRAPIRON
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Cause of typos, humorously : FATFINGER
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One who gives a lot of orders : DAYTRADER
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Be highly regarded : RATE
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Clean lightly, as a floor : DRYMOP
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Listings in a travel guide : SITES
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Metaphor for penthouse suites : AERIES
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Back problem : SPASM
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"Project Runway" cable channel : BRAVO
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Turn back : REPEL
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Mimic's skill : APERY
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Anklebones : TALI
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Activity for which you need a fair amount of wiggle room : HULA
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On : ATOP

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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