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Complete the grid and find a two-word final answer.

cryptic crossword

Across

1. Ability to move first to northern aristocracy (8)
4. Animal to rip a short tail back (5)
5. Oral tradition about the origin of Indus river (5)
6. Heart of Azerbaijan; first khanate's head, then urban capital (4)
7. Exclude a note during overtime (4)
8. Turn captain's first military status (5)
9. Sea navigation's start in Laos retreat is dependent on time of year (8)

Down

2. Capable holding Arizona on fire (6)
3. Counselor in front of workable central triumvirate (6)


This puzzle is part of Recycling old answers.

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    $\begingroup$ @Jafe Your puzzles get easier as I get used to your style. Your puzzles are always enjoyable. $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Mar 29 at 14:44
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GRID:

grid

Thanks @Hexonimo for the hint! The two word answer is found by

Diagonal Top left to Bottom right is NATIONAL
Diagonal bottom left to top right is SECURITY

  1. Ability to move first to northern aristocracy (8)

    NO + BILITY

  2. Animal to rip a short tail back (5)

    TAPIR

  3. Oral tradition about the origin of Indus river (5)

    LO(I)RE

  4. Heart of Azerbaijan; first khanate's head, then urban capital (4)

    BA+ K +U

  5. Exclude a note during overtime (4)

    O(MI)T

  6. Turn captain's first military status (5)

    C + RANK

  7. Sea navigation's start in Laos retreat is dependent on time of year (8)

    SEA +SO(N)AL (El-Guest beat me to it, but we solved it independently)

Down

  1. Capable holding Arizona on fire (6)

    ABL(AZ)E

  2. Counselor in front of workable central triumvirate (6)

    TROI+ KA - Star Trek, The Next Generation Counselor Deanna Troi

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  • $\begingroup$ Good answers! Hope mine helped. $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Mar 29 at 14:26
  • $\begingroup$ Got it about the same time you did. "There's a new answer" popped up while I was editing. $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Mar 29 at 14:27
  • $\begingroup$ Now the real question is what's the two word final answer... $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Mar 29 at 14:27
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    $\begingroup$ @El-Guest I think I see it, Look at the diagonals of the grid $\endgroup$ – hexomino Mar 29 at 14:29
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @hexomino, that's a fantastic find!!! $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Mar 29 at 14:34
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This one is to fill out @Chris Cudmore's remaining clue:

  1. Sea navigation's start in Laos retreat is dependent on time of year (8)

    SEA + navigation's start (N) in Laos retreat (SO_AL) = dependent on time of year SEASONAL.

Found by @Hexomino: the two word answer could be

NATIONAL SECURITY, found by taking the diagonals of the grid.

when we look at the grid below:

grid crossword

@Chris: please feel free to use the final answer and crossword in your solution -- you deserve the checkmark here.

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  • $\begingroup$ Just got it. I promise I didn't look $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Mar 29 at 14:26
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    $\begingroup$ Doesn't matter to me, I was just trying to help you out haha! Great job :) $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Mar 29 at 14:27

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