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New York Times, Friday, September 16, 2016

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 28 Missing: {QZ} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. Minimum word length: 4 This is puzzle # 215 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Patrick had me at the clue for ENGINEERS: [Scientists dream about doing great things. ENGINEERS do them.] It's something we all know ... read more
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0916 ( 24,419 )
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Handle things : COPE
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Try out : TEST
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Additional : OTHER
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With nobody playing, say : ACAPPELLA
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Retro stereo component : PHONO
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Life preserver? : CEREALBOX
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Katherine of NBC's "State of Affairs" : HEIGL
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Observes closely : TAKESNOTE
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Girl adopted by Silas Marner : EPPIE
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Anxious : INASTEW
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Anti-___ League (Progressive Era organization) : SALOON
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Blade brand : ATRA
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On the program : BILLED
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Feels deep sympathy : ACHES
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Site of Oscar Wilde's trials : OLDBAILEY
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By and by : SOON
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Sound effects pioneer Jack : FOLEY
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Mandatory courses : CORE
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Eponym of Bible history : KINGJAMES
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Ehrich ___ a.k.a. Harry Houdini : WEISS
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Was unconsciously disturbing? : SNORED
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"I, Claudius" figure : NERO
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Blathers : PRATES
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Component of some biodiesels : CORNOIL
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Ones coming ashore : SURFS
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Put away for someone : ONRESERVE
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Drafted : WROTE
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One with changing needs : DIAPERBAG
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It may be off the charts : ISLET
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Like some physicians : ATTENDING
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Fuses : MELDS
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Person offering you a fortune : SEER
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Command that a dog shouldn't follow : STAY
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Section of a botanical garden : CACTI
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School zone? : OCEAN
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Top of the winter : PARKA
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Swords, in Sèvres : EPEES
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PC-linking program : TELNET
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It's hard to find in a crowd : ELBOWROOM
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8:00-9:00 on TV, e.g. : SLOT
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Proverbial certainty : TAXES
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Shakespeare character who coins the term "primrose path" : OPHELIA
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Winner of back-to-back Best Rock Instrumental Grammys in 1980 and 1981 : THEPOLICE
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The ordinary folk : HOIPOLLOI
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"Scientists dream about doing great things. ___ do them": James A. Michener : ENGINEERS
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Capacity : ROLE
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Gigli and pici, for two : PASTAS
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"Dear ___" (1960s-'70s radio program) : ABBY
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Longtime "Voice of the New York Yankees" : ALLEN
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Easter stock : DYES
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Does some grilling : ASKS
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Quarters' quarters? : COINPURSE
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Group that almost can't fail? : HONORROLL
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Added to a plant : ENGRAFTED
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Treat with violent disrespect : DESECRATE
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Become dull : FADE
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Lives the high life : JETSETS
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Go downhill : WORSEN
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Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard : ROEPER
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Soft options? : SODAS
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Brainy high school clique : NERDS
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Cosmic path : ORBIT
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Former Trump Organization member : IVANA
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Like Ziegfeld girls : LEGGY
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Thick of things, in a manner of speaking : SWIM
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Kid Cudi's "Day 'n' ___" : NITE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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