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New York Times, Friday, December 4, 2020

Director of two Best Picture-nominated films of the 2010s

Author:
Patti Varol and Doug Peterson
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutCollabs
112/4/20201
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1.46000
Patti Varol
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
512/20/20066/14/202130
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1.63300
Doug Peterson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 27 Missing: {JKXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Varol. This is puzzle # 48 for Mr. Peterson.
Constructor notes:
PATTI: I've been waiting a long time for a New York Times byline, and I love that it's on a collaboration with Doug — even though this ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Patti! She's the editor for the Crosswords Club as well as Rich Norris's assistant at the LA Times. How is it possible that this is ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

I have a theory. Patti Varol waited this long to get an NYT byline just so she could snag Shortz Number 1000.

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© 2020, The New York Times12/4/20 ( No. 25,959 )
Across
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One who takes stock : CATTLETHIEF
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Can you believe it?! : ISM
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Fear of public places : AGORAPHOBIA
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Sticky stuff : GOO
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Tending (to) : MINISTERING
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Half of a frozen foods brand : ORE
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Makes a splash : PLOPS
20
Tapes, say : CASSETTES
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Trees symbolizing death in Celtic culture : YEWS
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Crumb : MOTE
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Speculative fiction writer Stephenson : NEAL
25
Go away : VANISH
27
Before thou knowest : ANON
29
Company that owns Rotten Tomatoes : FANDANGO
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Neighbor of Ciudad Juárez : ELPASO
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On a par with : EQUALTO
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Prepared : GROOMED
37
6-9 months? : SUMMER
38
They're involved in the scheme of things : PLOTTERS
39
File extensions : TABS
40
1986 sci-fi film sequel : ALIENS
42
Pair of skivvies? : VEES
44
Writers Patchett and Brashares : ANNS
45
Tousle : MUSS
49
Choppered in or out, say : AIRLIFTED
51
Figure that goes through the roof in December? : SANTA
52
QB's stat: Abbr. : ATT
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Director of two Best Picture-nominated films of the 2010s : GRETAGERWIG
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Issa of comedy : RAE
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"Unforgettable ... With Love" Grammy recipient : NATALIECOLE
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Author : PEN
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Lineup on a city block : STOREFRONTS
Down
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Absurdly exaggerated : CAMPY
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Dexterous : AGILE
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As yet : TONOW
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Sets off : TRIPS
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Young woman : LASS
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Brand for determining if you're expecting : EPT
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World's deepest river : THECONGO
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Survivor at the end of "Hamlet" : HORATIO
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Long-legged waders : IBISES
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Fifth of fünf : EINS
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Steely Dan singer Donald : FAGEN
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1973 Jim Croce hit : IGOTANAME
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Rage quitter, maybe : SORELOSER
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Tavern in the same town as Krusty Burger : MOES
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Leaves home? : TEAPOT
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It bears repeating : MANTRA
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View from a highland : VALE
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Long-legged waders : HERONS
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Communicates nonverbally, in a way : NODS
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Ending with love or snooze : FEST
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Powerful spirits : AQUAVITAE
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British P.M.'s residence, informally : NUMBERTEN
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Young woman : DAMSEL
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Things to draw or cast : LOTS
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Los Angeles suburb bordering Griffith Park : GLENDALE
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Sticky stuff : PINETAR
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Not on time for : LATETO
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Communicates nonverbally, in a way : SIGNS
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One of the racing Andrettis : MARCO
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Like a prize that's still up for grabs : UNWON
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Wooden leg? : STILT
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Venerable advisers : SAGES
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Org. whose website has a Social Security Resource Center : AARP
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School house? : FRAT
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Tarot reader, e.g. : SEER
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Tweet attachment, at times : GIF

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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