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New York Times, Saturday, October 9, 2021

___ Richmond, former head of the Congressional Black Caucus and senior adviser to Joe Biden

Author:
August Lee-Kovach
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Lee-Kovach.
August Lee-Kovach notes:
Hello Cruciverbalists, I'm excited to make my New York Times debut! I'm only fourteen, but it was inevitable that I would get into ... read more
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Sticking to an established themeless genre is a sensible way for many themeless constructors to get started. I appreciate that August ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times10/9/21 ( No. 26,268 )
Across
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Travel item : VISA
5
Battle cry : ITSWAR
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Pop group? : FAM
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Smart ___ : ALEC
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Its national animal is the beaver : CANADA
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Sustainability indicator : ECO
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Painter whose cataract surgery allowed him to see and paint in ultraviolet : CLAUDEMONET
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Knee part, for short : ACL
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___ Richmond, former head of the Congressional Black Caucus and senior adviser to Joe Biden : CEDRIC
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Order in the court : BESEATED
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Certain exotic pets : IGUANAS
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Dishevel : MUSS
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Baseball team whose mascot is Screech the eagle, familiarly : NATS
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Sinking fastballs : SPLITTERS
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Ron who played Tarzan : ELY
33
Start of a count : STRIKEONE
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Conductor's cry : ALLABOARD
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Popular podcast genre : TRUECRIME
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Advanced degree : NTH
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Equal opportunity : FAIRSHAKE
40
Local legends : LORE
41
Dance move : PLIE
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Egglike : OVOIDAL
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Sticky candy? : LOLLIPOP
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"Bam!" chef : EMERIL
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"That's gotta hurt" : OOF
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Where you might get the ball rolling : BOWLINGLANE
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Arm muscle, slangily : TRI
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Place : ORIENT
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The Grim, in the Harry Potter books : OMEN
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Fig. often written with X's : SSN
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Shapes of some dog treats : STEAKS
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Soft or hard finish : WARE
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Big shot? : VACCINE
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More than discouraged : ILLEGAL
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Part of a Navy officer's rotation : SEADUTY
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Luxury vehicles since 1986 : ACURAS
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Ephemeral palaces : ICECASTLES
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___-o'-shanter : TAM
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Hoity-toity type : SNOB
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Die out : WANE
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Some stand concessions : ADES
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Velocity, e.g. : RATE
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___ film : FEATURE
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Purpose of a pass : ACCESS
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Shapes : MOLDS
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Hullabaloo : DIN
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Repair : AMEND
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Strauss's "Also ___ Zarathustra" : SPRACH
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Scales up? : LIBRA
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Much-covered New Orleans standard based on Mardi Gras chants : IKOIKO
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Relays, e.g. : TEAMEVENTS
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Ripped : TORE
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Arc-shaped musical notation : SLUR
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Disney redhead : ARIEL
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Bit of auto design inspired by the jet age : TAILFIN
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Easygoing : NODRAMA
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One may be personal : TRAINER
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Spartan, e.g. : HELLENE
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Blows away : FLOORS
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Keep one's head down : LIELOW
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Units of land, with or without the first letter : PLOTS
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[I can't believe what I just read] : OMG
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Okonkwo's people in "Things Fall Apart" : IBOS
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Left on board, say : PORT
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Boo-boo : OWIE
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"Help!," for example : PLEA
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It's all over the papers : INK

Answer summary: 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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