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New York Times, Monday, December 14, 2020

Model/TV host on a record five Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers

Author:
Jessie Bullock and Ross Trudeau
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ross Trudeau

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 44 Missing: {JQXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Bullock. This is puzzle # 35 for Mr. Trudeau.
Constructor notes:
JESSIE Today's puzzle is an ode to female scholars, and I'm very excited that it's my debut grid in the Times. I'm a Ph.D. candidate ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
WOMEN OF LETTERS is a great revealer, perfectly tying together ELLE MACPHERSON, SANDRA OH, SAMANTHA BEE, and KAY HAGAN. A long memory ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times12/14/20 ( No. 25,969 )

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Across
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Swedish group that once comprised two married couples : ABBA
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With skill : ABLY
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Opening to be filled : GAP
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Sagan who hosted TV's "Cosmos" : CARL
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Like calamari ... or overloaded circuitry : FRIED
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Catches, as a crook : NABS
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Game with Mrs. White and Professor Plum : CLUE
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Kendrick with 13 Grammys and a Pulitzer Prize : LAMAR
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"The Little Rascals" assent : OTAY
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Model/TV host on a record five Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers : ELLEMACPHERSON
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Envision : SEE
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Top card : ACE
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Skeeves (out) : WEIRDS
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Spirited horse : STEED
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"Grey's Anatomy" actress : SANDRAOH
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Snitch (on) : RAT
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Rink surface : ICE
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It has a double helix : DNA
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"Full Frontal" host : SAMANTHABEE
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Dem.'s counterpart : REP
40
Prefix with -phyte or -lithic : NEO
41
Down Under hopper, informally : ROO
42
North Carolina senator who unseated Elizabeth Dole : KAYHAGAN
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Kind of tea from India : ASSAM
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Highly decorative : ORNATE
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Parts of the body that are "crunched" : ABS
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Blue, e.g. ... or a rhyme for "blue" : HUE
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Female scholars ... or a hint to 19-, 28-, 34- and 42-Across : WOMENOFLETTERS
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Cher or Adele : DIVA
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Storehouse of valuables : TROVE
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"Pick me, pick me!" : OHOH
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Like, for-EV-er : AGES
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See 64-Across : SERIF
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___ mortals : MERE
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Fashion monogram : YSL
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With 61-Across, like some typefaces : SANS
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Small wire nail : BRAD
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Means of entering : ACCESS
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"Swan Lake," for one : BALLET
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Crème ___ (dessert) : BRULEE
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Downwind, at sea : ALEE
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Company with a spokesduck : AFLAC
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Aid for a twisted knee or ankle : BRACE
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Result of a twisted ankle : LIMP
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Opposite of nah : YEAH
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Beverage with a lightning bolt in its logo : GATORADE
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Leave in the lurch : ABANDON
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"Gangnam Style" rapper : PSY
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Got close : DREWNEAR
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Negative reply to a general : NOSIR
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___ President : MADAM
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G.O.P. color on an election map : RED
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___ Na Na : SHA
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1970s measure that fell three states short of passing, in brief : ERA
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Not publish yet, as a scoop : SITON
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German's "Alas!" : ACH
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Completely different lines of thought : TANGENTS
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Typical John le Carré work : SPYNOVEL
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Unionized teachers' grp. : NEA
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Brag : BOAST
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Greek goddess of the dawn : EOS
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Studio behind "It's a Wonderful Life" : RKO
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Pincered insects : EARWIGS
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Gaza Strip governing group : HAMAS
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Devoured : ATE
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Common pronoun pairing : SHEHER
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Roman goddess of the dawn : AURORA
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Intertwined : MESHED
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Choreographer Ailey : ALVIN
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Fortifies, with "up" : BEEFS
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Metal deposits : ORES
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Places to hold discussions : FORA
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Dead zone? : TOMB
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Temp's work unit : DAY

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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