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L.A. Times Daily Sep 25 2015

"Defending Our Nation. Securing The Future" org NSA
"Meet the Fockers" co-star HOFFMAN
"Poppycock!" PISH
"POV" airer PBS
"R.U.R." writer Capek KAREL
"The Simpsons" leisure suit wearer STU
"The Trumpet of the Swan" monogram EBW
"Willard" antagonists RATS
As expected UPTOPAR
Backtalk RETORTS
Badlands Natl. Park site SDAK
Better protected SAFER
Boxed dozen JURY
Century-starting year MMCI
Channel relative STRAIT
Coarse CRUDE
Complacent SMUG
Crack up SLAY
Dividing range URALS
Drake, maybe SMEW
Dramatic units SCENES
End to peace? NIK
Evita's man JUAN
Ex-TV host Stewart ALANA
Extreme degrees NTHS
Gambling aids: Abbr SYSTS
Grizzly Alaskans? KODIAKS
Hardly blessed events ILLS
Henry James biographer EDEL
Indian author Santha Rama __ RAU
Jersey's chew CUD
Journey frontman Pineda ARNEL
Kick back LOLL
Language that gave us "bard" ERSE
Lapidary's meas KTS
Lightest meson PION
Like new snow PRISTINE
Lit. intro PREF
Mississippi travelers STEAMERS
Nero's "Behold!" ECCE
NFL team with a home field bleachers section called the Dawg Pound CLE
Normandy river ORNE
Not even close COLD
Not treat lightly STRESS
Old Royale 8's REOS
Part of a friskiness metaphor OATS
Principle TENET
Pup follower? TENT
Ref. shelf filler OED
Regarding INRE
Required bet ANTE
Shining target SCUFF
Singer Rihanna's first name ROBYN
Solo, say FLY
Some flatbreads NANS
Start of a dramatic question TOBE
Suspicious of ONTO
The Carpenters, e.g POPDUO
The joke at the audiologists' convention __ FELLONDEAFEARS
The joke at the cashiers' convention __ DIDNOTREGISTER
The joke at the chemists' convention __ GOTNOREACTION
The joke at the firefighters' convention __ WENTUPINSMOKE
They're seen in columns ANTS
Till opener ROTO
Tweed lampooner NAST
Up for grabs, in a way UNLET
Vail topper SKIHAT
Walk wearing Luvs TODDLE
When one __ closes .. DOOR
Where a love story may be written INTHESTARS
Word John doesn't want to see? DEAR
Workers' rights org OSHA
__ swings MOOD
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