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New York Times, Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Mozart was the first major composer to write specifically for it

Author:
Morton J. Mendelson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Mendelson.
Note: This was published as a uniclue puzzle in print. All the clues appear in a single list, combining Across and Down. When two answers share a number, they also share a clue.
Morton J. Mendelson notes:
Although this is my second puzzle appearing in the NYT, it was my first accepted. I had previously submitted twelve puzzles. Some ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Been a while since we've seen a uniclue theme. I like that this one employs two very different meanings for each uniclue, e.g. ZEST ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times9/28/16 ( No. 24,431 )
Clues
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Zip : ZEST / ZILCH
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Subject of some 2015 border control measures : EBOLA
3
Instrument with 18+ strings : SITAR
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Women's shoe feature : TSTRAP
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Back : STERN / SPONSOR
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"Don't use that ___ with me!" : TONE
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Back when, long ago : ERST
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Artery: Abbr. : RTE
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Sign to continue straight : NOTURNS
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Bill : BEAK / BANKNOTE
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One guarded in a duel? : EPEE
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Stat : ASAP
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Etta of old comics : KETT
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Bird with a forcepslike bill : IBIS
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City north of Lisboa : PORTO
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Something that sticks out in a church? : APSE
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Former Mississippi senator Trent : LOTT
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Outbreak : ONSET
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Orderly : NEAT
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Mozart was the first major composer to write specifically for it : CLARINET
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Key : ISLET
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Broken, as promises : UNKEPT
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Chill : NIP
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Razz : HARASS
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Beam : GRIN / GIRDER
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What a spoiler may spoil : PLOT
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Work toward : TRYFOR
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Holding office : INPOWER
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Swell : WAVE
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Starter home? : EDEN
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Like black rhinos : RARE
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Dump : STY / SELL
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Quartet minus one : TRIO
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Pro side of a vote : YEAS
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Heading in a baseball box score : ERRORS
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Row : OAR
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"There! I did it!" : TADA
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Like the posture of human beings : ERECT
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Specialty skillet : CREPEPAN
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___ Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial : YAD
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Cut : SEVER / SHARE
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Mythomaniac : LIAR
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Over : AFRESH / ATANEND
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Super ___ (toy water guns) : SOAKERS
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Suffix with acetyl : ENE
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Is licked by : LOSESTO
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Go out with : SEE
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Laugh without restraint : ROAR
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Murder : crows :: ___ : turkeys : RAFTER
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Word with prickly or alligator : PEAR
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One of the six official languages of the United Nations : ARABIC
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What to expect when you're expecting : BIRTH
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Something the U.S. government bans the sale of : IVORY
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Gives up : CEDES
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Hide : SCREEN / SKIN
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___ curriculum : CORE
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Longtime Dallas Cowboys QB Tony : ROMO
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Break : TAKEFIVE / TAME
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Sources of vitamin C : ADES
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C. Everett ___, 1980s surgeon general : KOOP
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Get around : EVADE
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What "whisky" is to "whiskey": Abbr. : VAR
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Stepped (on) : TROD
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___ Bunt, villainess in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" : IRMA
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Whistle-blower, e.g. : NAMER
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French "to be" : ETRE
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Commercial light : NEON
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Put bandages on, as wounds : DRESS
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Novelist Jean who wrote "Wide Sargasso Sea" : RHYS

Answer summary: 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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