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New York Times, Friday, September 18, 2015

9-Down : Sends back down the ladder

Author:
Gareth Bain and Brad Wilber
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Gareth Bain
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Brad Wilber

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 31 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Bain. This is puzzle # 46 for Mr. Wilber.
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© 2015, The New York Times9/18/15 ( No. 24,055 )
Across
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Like Blofeld in Ian Fleming's "You Only Live Twice" : SCARFACED
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Some tiltyard paraphernalia : ARMOR
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"Murder, She Wrote" setting : CABOTCOVE
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Flip : GOAPE
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Protest song on Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" : USANDTHEM
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Sought, as a price : ASKED
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Off one's rocker : BATS
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Bouncer of radio signals : IONOSPHERE
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Fiver : ABE
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Alley of reality TV : KIRSTIE
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Voice against a bill : NAY
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29-day month : ADAR
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Ballet supporters : TOES
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Venue : SITE
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Inventor of a mineral hardness scale : MOHS
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Covers with a trowel, say : STUCCOS
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One whose work hours may involve minutes : STENO
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It's a knockout : ETHER
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Small pianos : SPINETS
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On the dark side : GRIM
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Conservatory pursuits : ARTS
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Took home : MADE
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Brat Pack name : LOWE
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Mens ___ (criminal intent) : REA
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Night courses? : DINNERS
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Court org. : ATP
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Chicken or mashed potato : DANCECRAZE
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It makes granite glint : MICA
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Challenge for an E.S.L. student : IDIOM
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They're never required : ELECTIVES
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Brain study, informally : NEURO
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Disciplinarians : MARTINETS
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Show of shows, with "the" : EMMYS
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Become 49-Down : OBSOLESCE
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Do a school visit, maybe? : SCUBA
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Yellow-skinned fruit : CASABA
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Quieted down : ABATED
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Cey and Darling of baseball : RONS
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Co. with budding prospects? : FTD
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When Musetta's waltz is heard in "La Bohème" : ACTII
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Associates : COHORTS
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"All the same ..." : EVENSO
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Sends back down the ladder : DEMOTES
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Looking floored : AGAPE
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Start of a holy day? : ROSH
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Try to placate someone : MAKENICE
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Wheeler-dealer : OPERATOR
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They leave at night : REDEYES
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Maid of honor, often : SISTER
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Scandinavian coin with a hole in it : KRONE
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Chorus of approval : AMENS
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Dummy : SCHMO
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Source of some political gaffes : HOTMIC
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Monopoly pair: Abbr. : UTILS
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Terse cop order : SPREADEM
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Club metal : TITANIUM
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Rush-hour subway rider, figuratively : SARDINE
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Italian Riviera city : SANREMO
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Grumpy old men : GEEZERS
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"CSI" setting : DNALAB
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Doesn't claim : WAIVES
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"... and all that jazz" : ETCETC
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They're not for sale : DEMOS
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Odd-numbered page : RECTO
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Not done anymore : PASSE
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Sen. Booker of New Jersey : CORY
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Toddler's assertion : MINE
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To : TIL

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

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