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New York Times, Wednesday, September 18, 2019

How a perfect pitch comes ... or a hint to the missing parts of the shaded answers

Author:
John Wrenholt
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Wrenholt. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
John Wrenholt notes:
I started this puzzle with the "pipe" part. I had originally hoped it would connect words like DRAIN and SEWER, but that proved to be ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Drink up everyone, DOWN THE HATCH! Er, DOWN THE WRONG PIPE! Would you believe, DOWN THE PIPE? As in … a perfectly pitched baseball? ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times9/18/19 ( No. 25,516 )
Across
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"Bor-r-ring" : HOHUM
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Part of a parade : FLOAT
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Stir-fry pan : WOK
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Time's Person of the Year for 2008 and 2012 : OBAMA
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Lofty abode : AERIE
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Reverence : AWE
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Stable base for a drilling rig : OILPLATFORM
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Deuce, in tennis : TIE
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___ Leppard : DEF
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Exam with a max. score of 180 : LSAT
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Part of the lymphatic system : SPLEEN
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Muffler attachment : TAILPIPE
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See-through : SHEER
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Forerunners of cellphones : PAGERS
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Feisty : SPIRITED
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Tony, e.g. : AWARD
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Spanish ___ (historic site in Rome) : STEPS
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"Bravo!" : OLE
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Launch party? : NASA
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Dark-tongued Chinese dogs : CHOWS
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Bed smaller than a queen : TWIN
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Slam : DIS
39
Poles, e.g. : SLAVS
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Prominent cockatoo feature : CREST
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"A little thing that makes a big difference," per a popular saying : ATTITUDE
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Props (up) : SHORES
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"The Sheik of ___" (1920s song) : ARABY
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Weapon in Clue : LEADPIPE
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Late bloomers : ASTERS
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Comes down with : GETS
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Bankroll : WAD
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Universal life force : CHI
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How a perfect pitch comes ... or a hint to the missing parts of the shaded answers : DOWNTHEPIPE
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Overly : TOO
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Loathing : ODIUM
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Wash off : RINSE
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Ares, to Zeus : SON
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Rector's residence : MANSE
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Feast without yeast : SEDER
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Cobra feature : HOOD
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Tony's counterpart : OBIE
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Feature of a skate park : HALFPIPE
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Ballpark figure : UMP
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Green-headed duck : MALLARD
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Like some errors and attractions : FATAL
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Split : LEFT
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Treasure on the Spanish Main : ORO
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Blimps and zeppelins : AIRSHIPS
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Tones down : TEMPERS
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Tall landmark in many a town : WATERTOWER
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Boo-boo : OWIE
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Eager : KEEN
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Garage sale caveat : ASIS
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Welcoming wreath : LEI
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Prefix with watt : TERA
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Gushes : SPEWS
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Symbol of China : PANDA
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Be in store for : AWAIT
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Business often combined with a minimart : GASSTATION
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Hat worn by Abraham Lincoln : STOVEPIPE
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Dedicatee of a Beethoven bagatelle : ELISE
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Dings : DENTS
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Of questionable repute : SHADY
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Popular mixer : CLUBSODA
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Trampled : TROD
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"American Idol" quest : STARDOM
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They may follow shots : CHASERS
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Boiling blood : IRE
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Meyers of late-night TV : SETH
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"I can take it from here" : LETME
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Stops procrastinating : ACTS
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"Get outta here!" : SHOO
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Serengeti herd : GNUS
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Trachea : WINDPIPE
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Vaulted recess : APSE
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Certain animals playing in "Home on the Range" : DEER
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Have the best time, say : WIN
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Kind of filling : PIE

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

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