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New York Times, Monday, September 17, 2018

Use the items found at the ends of the answers to 20-, 31-, 47- and 56-Across

Author:
Caitlin Reid
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Caitlin Reid

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Reid. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Caitlin Reid notes:
My children were certainly not immune to fidget spinner fever! It got me wondering whether anyone had squeezed the term into a puzzle ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I never used to understand the allure of FISHing. You sit quietly in a boat for hours on end, with nothing to do? Really? Now that I ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times9/17/18 ( No. 25,150 )
Across
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Shoot out, as 14-Across : SPEW
5
Peach stones : PITS
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Demanding that people do this and do that : BOSSY
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Volcanic rock : LAVA
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Uncork, as a bottle : OPEN
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Livid : IRATE
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At the lower side of the pH scale : ACID
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Maple or oak : TREE
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Stepping on the baseline when serving in tennis, e.g. : FAULT
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Holder of wires along a street : TELEPHONEPOLE
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Gloom's partner : DOOM
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Actor Efron of "The Greatest Showman" : ZAC
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Subway scurrier : RAT
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Like one end of a battery: Abbr. : NEG
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Aggressive defensive soccer maneuver : SLIDETACKLE
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Midterm or final : EXAM
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That, in Tijuana : ESO
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Eco-conscious Dr. Seuss character : LORAX
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Red facial spots : ACNE
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Transmits : SENDS
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Toward sunrise : EAST
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___-wip (dessert topping) : REDDI
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"Black gold" : OIL
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Nickname for John Wayne, with "the" : DUKE
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Series of funny outtakes : BLOOPERREEL
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Smidgen : TAD
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Fashion designer's monogram : YSL
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Have another birthday : AGE
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Golf ball props : TEES
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Toy in a 2017 craze : FIDGETSPINNER
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Cricket's sound : CHIRP
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Pairs : DUOS
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College in New Rochelle, N.Y. : IONA
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Pavarotti, voicewise : TENOR
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Inner: Prefix : ENDO
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Some natural hairdos, for short : FROS
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Horned safari animal : RHINO
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Student body overseer : DEAN
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Use the items found at the ends of the answers to 20-, 31-, 47- and 56-Across : FISH
Down
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Part of a bed's base : SLAT
2
Tempo : PACE
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Wicked : EVIL
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Walked through water : WADED
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Things filled by a highway crew : POTHOLES
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"On my honor!" : IPROMISE
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Adolescent : TEEN
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Something that's impossible to do with one's eyes open, per an urban legend : SNEEZE
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Dual-purpose bit of eyewear : BIFOCAL
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Of the mouth : ORAL
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Hot dog topper : SAUERKRAUT
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The Cards, on a scoreboard : STL
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Up until now : YET
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Like one end of a battery: Abbr. : POS
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Consoling touch : PAT
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Anchorage's home : ALASKA
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Communicated via iMessage or WhatsApp : TEXTED
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In the area : NEARBY
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Gets all A's, say : EXCELS
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James ___, portrayer of Tony Soprano on "The Sopranos" : GANDOLFINI
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Benefactor : DONOR
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Like mixed doubles tennis, in college : COED
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"Love ___" (Beatles hit) : MEDO
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Fizzy, sugarless beverage : DIETSODA
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Takes a night to think over : SLEEPSON
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Apple tablet with an attachable keyboard : IPADPRO
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Omelet or quiche ingredient : EGG
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Like clarinets and oboes : REEDED
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Hawaiian garland : LEI
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Quick smell : SNIFF
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Hotel amenity with a cord : IRON
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Adjust, as a piano : TUNE
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"Me neither" : NORI
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Grandson of Adam and Eve : ENOS
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What talcum powder may prevent : RASH
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Middle: Abbr. : CTR
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The laugh of someone who's up to no good : HEH

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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