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New York Times, Thursday, September 4, 2014

Source of the headline "Study Finds Blame Now Fastest Human Reflex," with "The"

Author:
Samuel A. Donaldson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQWZ} This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Donaldson.
Samuel A. Donaldson notes:
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© 2014, The New York Times9/4/14 ( No. 23,676 )
Across
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Sober : CLEAN
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Improper way to take the SAT : INPEN
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Not a very big invention : FIB
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Cash holders : TILLS
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Many a museum marble : TORSO
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Stir : ADO
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Sherlock Holmes accessory : DEERSTALKER
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Hot ___ : ROD
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Intense hunger : LUST
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Part of a Latin 101 conjugation : AMAS
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Not to term : EARLY
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"The Raven" start : ONCE
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Mold, as clay : SHAPE
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Biker gear : HELMET
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Siesta shader : SOMBRERO
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Thumb ___ : ARIDE
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Loki's brother, in movies : THOR
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2nd-yr. student : SOPH
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Volleyball team count : SIX
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Appointment holder : DAYBOOK
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Contend : VIE
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The economist Adam Smith, for one : SCOT
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Preprinted gift tag word : FROM
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Place for playing games : ARENA
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Orthodox trademark : YARMULKE
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Sinatra cover : FEDORA
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Source of the headline "Study Finds Blame Now Fastest Human Reflex," with "The" : ONION
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Take ___ (sample some) : ASIP
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Strip locale, informally : VEGAS
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"Aw, heck!" : NUTS
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Kellogg's brand since 1970 : EGGO
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Parlement assent : OUI
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Go crazy ... or a hint on how to enter five answers in this puzzle : FLIPONESLID
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Subj. of the book "Many Unhappy Returns" : IRS
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Small intestine section : ILEUM
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Softly : PIANO
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What's the point? : DOT
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Recipe amts. : TBSPS
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Slashed conjunction : ANDOR
Down
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Lower-left keyboard key : CTRL
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Stead : LIEU
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Game with horns : ELKS
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In sum : ALLTOLD
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Org. whose annual budget is classified : NSA
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"Who's there?" reply : ITSME
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Dunn formerly of "S.N.L." : NORA
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Briefing site : PRESSROOM
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Atlanta-to-Charleston dir. : ESE
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Partner's refusal : NODEAR
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Very distant : FARREMOVED
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Bedroom poster subject : IDOL
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Part of a shampoo promise : BODY
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Dash dial : TACH
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Black-and-white alerts, briefly : APBS
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Scholarship criterion, maybe : NEED
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Lover of Leander, in myth : HERO
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French cup : TASSE
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___ Aybar, 2014 All-Star shortstop on the Angels : ERICK
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Bartender : MIXOLOGIST
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"This is exciting!" : OHBOY
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Offer one's two cents : OPINE
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Harvester's bundle : SHEAF
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Oppressive regimes : TYRANNIES
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Big do : AFRO
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Byron of "MythBusters" : KARI
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___ salad : TUNA
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Corrals : ROPESIN
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Outcast, often : MISFIT
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Part of A.A.A.: Abbr. : ASSN
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Small parts : ATOMS
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Like a redeemed coupon : VOID
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Mark's successor : EURO
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"___ and away!" : UPUP
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Big name in trash : GLAD
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Pop singer Vannelli : GINO
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Something found in the trash? : ODOR
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Legal deg. : LLB
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Evil org. in "The Simpsons Movie" : EPA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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