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New York Times, Thursday, February 11, 2021

___ Scamander, protagonist of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JKQUXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 47 for Mr. Eaton-Salners.
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© 2021, The New York Times2/11/21 ( No. 26,028 )
Across
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Spider-Man villain ___ Octavius : OTTO
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Beefeater and Bombay Sapphire : GINS
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Woes : ILLS
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Prefix for many Ocean Spray products : CRAN
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Oak, in a nutshell? : ACORN
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The Big Easy : NOLA
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What a pratfall may be done for : COMEDICEFFECT
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Communist party systems : APPARATS
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YouTube count : VIEWS
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Actress Anne with four Emmy nominations : MEARA
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Some theater honors : OBIES
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Program followed in Alcoholics Anonymous : TWELVESTEPS
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Proper way to pass : ONTHELEFT
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Sour-tasting fruit : SLOE
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A Stooge : MOE
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What a swish misses : RIM
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Agency HQ'd in Atlanta : CDC
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May day celebrant : MOM
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Bedouin, e.g. : ARAB
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Title that translates to "great sage" : MAHARISHI
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Sing under pressure : NAMENAMES
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Talk a big game : BOAST
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Change in the Middle East, say : DINAR
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In a jubilant fashion : GAYLY
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Bug : IRRITATE
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Where magazines may be laid out : COFFEETABLE
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Apartment listing info : AREA
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Apartment listing info : ROOMS
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Way to go : ROAD
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___ Scamander, protagonist of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" : NEWT
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They may be set aside in a collaboration : EGOS
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Chuck : TOSS
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Razor handle? : OCCAM
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Meet-cute in a romance film, e.g. : TROPE
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2021 Super Bowl host city : TAMPA
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Where we are : ONEARTH
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Mother to the Titans : GAIA
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"Rhyme Pays" rapper : ICET
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Doesn't make it through a lecture, say : NODSOFF
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Honorific from Sanskrit : SRI
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Overruns : INFESTS
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Movie magnate Marcus : LOEW
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Entities with pass-through taxation, briefly : LLCS
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Got into the swing? : SAT
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___ Shute, "A Town Like Alice" novelist : NEVIL
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Part of a cabinet : DRAWER
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Vassal's plot of land : FIEF
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"___ By Golly, Wow" (1972 hit by the Stylistics) : BETCHA
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Judge of the Bible : ELI
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Proof parts : LEMMAS
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California : palms :: New England : ___ : ELMS
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"That's nonsense" : POOH
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Match before the final : SEMI
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Its flag displays a curved dagger known as a khanjar : OMAN
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Filmmaker Ephron : NORA
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___ player : TEAM
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It holds water : DAM
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Props, so to speak : CREDIT
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Something kids often lose : BABYFAT
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Like some glasses : ANTIFOG
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Question one might ask when looking at a banana taped to the wall : ISITART
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___ contendere : NOLO
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___ McCheese of old fast-food fame : MAYOR
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Padmé Amidala's home planet in "Star Wars" : NABOO
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Rockefeller Center statue : ATLAS
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Orchestra section : REEDS
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Feature of a creature feature, perhaps : GORE
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Some : AFEW
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Cowboys QB-turned-broadcaster : ROMO
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Antarctica's ___ Sea : ROSS
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Let go : CAN
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Part of Italy where Calabria is found : TOE

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