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New York Times, Friday, January 20, 2017

TV character who fronted as a waste management consultant

Author:
Angela Olson Halsted
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Angela Olson Halsted

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Halsted. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Angela Olson Halsted notes:
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0120 ( 24,545 )
Across
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"The Great" or "the Terrible" : EPITHET
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Have more stripes than : OUTRANK
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Yankees closer Rivera : MARIANO
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"Not gonna happen!" : DREAMON
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Senselessness : INANITY
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Authentic : SINCERE
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Like pork pie and clotted cream : ENGLISH
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Femme with a halo : SAINTE
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Hustle : SCOOT
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Eponymous physicist Ernst : MACH
25
Training tally : REPS
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John with an Oscar : ELTON
31
Bewildered : LOST
33
Turnpike ticket listings : EXITS
35
Best Actress nominee for "Philomena," 2013 : DENCH
37
Sorority character : RHO
38
Better adversary to deal with, in a saying : THEDEVILYOUKNOW
41
Unlikely husband material : CAD
42
Looks like a 41-Across : LEERS
43
Name on an excavator : DEERE
44
Old blacklisting org. : HUAC
46
Brownies with cookies, maybe : TROOP
48
Fostered : BRED
49
Turnovers, e.g. : STAT
51
Absorb : SOPUP
53
Activate, as a wah-wah pedal : STEPON
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Husband material : MRRIGHT
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Genre for Ladysmith Black Mambazo : AFROPOP
61
1984 biography subtitled "The Man, the Dancer" : ASTAIRE
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Royal Stewart and Clan Donald : TARTANS
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Bugs : NETTLES
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Needs blessing, maybe : SNEEZES
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They play just north of the Ravens : ORIOLES
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Queen's longtime record label : EMI
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Postal sheet : PANE
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Only remaining home of the Asiatic cheetah : IRAN
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Sound repeatedly heard at a wedding reception : TING
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Flags down : HAILS
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Decoy : ENTICE
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Little green men : TOYSOLDIERS
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Has way more than enough, for short : ODS
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See 50-Down : URIS
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Approximate end of a rush hour : TENAM
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Like some census data : RACIAL
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Spot for spirited worshipers : AMENCORNER
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Cape Ann's area : NORTHSHORE
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It's capped and often slapped : KNEE
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Something to enter with a card : HOTELROOM
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TV character who fronted as a waste management consultant : TONYSOPRANO
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[Gag!] : RETCH
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Aid in clearing the air : EXHAUSTFAN
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Apartment that's a second home : PIEDATERRE
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No-frills: Abbr. : STD
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"Junior" or "senior" mil. figure : NCO
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Like some stalled vehicles : TOWED
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French seasoning : SEL
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Ginnie Mae's dept. : HUD
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One who might drug a boxer : VET
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___ Mo', three-time Grammy-winning bluesman : KEB
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Hoffman won Best Actor for playing him : CAPOTE
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Chief flight attendant : PURSER
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1967 Cold War suspense novel by 9-Down : TOPAZ
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Florence's ___ Palace : PITTI
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Scores of these may plague high schoolers : SATS
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Less than slim : NONE
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Chat, across the Pyrénées : GATO
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Setting of Sisyphus' perpetual rock-pushing : HILL
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Almond or pecan : TREE
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Additions after closings, in brief : PSS
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One of three for Sisyphus? : ESS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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