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The answer NINE is seen frequently, appearing about once every 70 puzzles.

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NINE as a noun:

1. (nine, 9, IX, niner, Nina from Carolina, ennead) = the cardinal number that is the sum of eight and one
2. (baseball club, ball club, club, nine) = a team of professional baseball players who play and travel together; "each club played six home games with teams in its own division"

NINE as an adjective:

1. (nine, 9, ix) = denoting a quantity consisting of one more than eight and one less than ten