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New York Times, Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Author:
Matthew Sewell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Matthew Sewell

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Sewell. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Matthew Sewell notes:
My friend and colleague David Clisbee used the phrase SCRAMBLE THE JETS in a meeting, and that was that. I wanted each theme entry to ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
ROCKET J SQUIRREL! Just like in Matt's debut puzzle, a single entry (in that case, CALVINBALL) can generate such a connection for me. ... read more
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0921 ( 24,424 )
Across
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Common sans-serif font : ARIAL
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Citi Field predecessor : SHEA
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Stop up ... or talk up : PLUG
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Unit for a lorry : TONNE
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News agency for a 57-Down : TASS
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Make less difficult : EASE
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Flying furry friend from Frostbite Falls, formally : ROCKETJSQUIRREL
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Mayonnaise, for one : EMULSION
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___ choy : BOK
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Entry in an equine family tree : SIRE
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New York sports fan's purchase : METSJERSEY
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Students may pass them : TESTS
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Six-legged creature, to an entomologist : HEXAPOD
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Hazmat suit features : VISORS
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Wine casks : TUNS
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Rigoletto, for one : COURTJESTER
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Detach gradually (from) : WEAN
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Diminishes by degrees : ERODES
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Uhura portrayer Zoë : SALDANA
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Something boring : ADRAG
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1962 François Truffaut film classique : JULESETJIM
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"Bite ___ tongue!" : YOUR
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British record giant : EMI
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Trattoria shot : ESPRESSO
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Spring into action ... or an apt directive for 17-, 23-, 36- and 49-Across : SCRAMBLETHEJETS
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Go round and round : SPIN
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Defaulter's auto, often : REPO
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Students may pass them : NOTES
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"Ant-Man" star Paul : RUDD
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"And I should care because ...?" : OKSO
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Porterhouse cousin : TBONE
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Not moving : ATREST
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One sharing a Wi-Fi password, maybe : ROOMIE
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Racks up, as debt : INCURS
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Jewelry worn by Barbara Stanwyck in "Double Indemnity" : ANKLET
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Dregs : LEES
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Pony Express's Missouri terminus, informally : STJOE
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Lacks : HASNT
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Lawyer's title: Abbr. : ESQ
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Sch. with a Phoenix campus : ASU
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Give a long, grandiloquent speech : PERORATE
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Buttercup family member with irregularly shaped blossoms : LARKSPUR
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"What's the ___?" : USE
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It secures locks : GEL
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O'Brien who wrote "The Things They Carried," 1990 : TIM
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Alpine goat : IBEX
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Wail on a 33-Down : SHRED
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"Full House" uncle : JESSE
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Forever, seemingly : EON
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QB rating factor: Abbr. : YDS
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Div. in a "Law & Order" spinoff : SVU
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Nobel Prize-winning daughter of the Curies : IRENE
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Fender model, familiarly : STRAT
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Eye, in Ávila : OJO
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Phone screening service : CALLERID
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Movie screening service : ONDEMAND
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Bag-screening org. : TSA
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Financial news inits. : WSJ
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French quencher : EAU
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"___ sure you know ..." : ASIM
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Colorist's task : DYEJOB
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Took on, as a challenge : ROSETO
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19th-century author who wrote "Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief" : AUSTEN
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Michigan's ___ Pointe : GROSSE
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Cherokees, for example : JEEPS
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Playground comeback : ISTOO
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Dashboard fig. : MPH
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Tony-winning musical that begins and ends on Christmas Eve : RENT
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Kazakhstan, once: Abbr. : SSR
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Its speed is usually measured in GHz : CPU
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"My man" : BRO
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Albanian coin : LEK

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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