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New York Times, Monday, February 15, 2021

What the starts of 21-, 26-, 40- and 50-Across are, for the presidents in their clues

Author:
Meconya Alford
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 81, Blocks: 44 Missing: {QXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Alford. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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© 2021, The New York Times2/15/21 ( No. 26,032 )
Across
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Dance at a Jewish wedding : HORA
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Chemical that burns : ACID
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Chevrolet muscle car : CAMARO
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Home of Waikiki Beach : OAHU
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Capital of Italia : ROMA
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Brought (in), as a fish : REELED
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Vittles : GRUB
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"What ___ goes!" (parent's pronouncement) : ISAY
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Task to "run" : ERRAND
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"Rush Hour" and "21 Jump Street" [Clinton] : BUDDYCOPMOVIES
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Handle with ___ : CARE
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Friends' opposite : FOES
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TV deputy of Mayberry [Bush 43] : BARNEYFIFE
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Leave out : OMIT
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Kind of port on a computer, in brief : USB
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Zig or zag : TURN
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Anticipate : PLANON
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Dines : SUPS
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The Buddha is often depicted meditating under it [Obama] : BOTREE
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Numerical information : DATA
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Windsurfing locale NE of Honolulu : KAILUA
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"Superfruit" berry : ACAI
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Cousin of "Kapow!" : BAM
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Boxer Spinks who upset Muhammad Ali : LEON
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C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C, e.g. [Biden] : MAJORSCALE
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Linguist Chomsky : NOAM
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Small amounts : TADS
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What the starts of 21-, 26-, 40- and 50-Across are, for the presidents in their clues : WHITEHOUSEDOGS
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Prayer beads : ROSARY
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Shoe bottom : SOLE
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More than magnificent : EPIC
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Smitten : INLOVE
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___ of Arendelle (Disney queen) : ELSA
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Device that makes a TV "smart" : ROKU
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Combs to add volume, as a stylist might : TEASES
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Not the passive sort : DOER
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Part of a stairway : STEP
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Go ___-wild : HOG
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Means of propelling a boat : OAR
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Baked dessert made with tart red stalks (and loads of sugar) : RHUBARBPIE
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University that's also a color : AUBURN
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Really dry : ARID
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Cloth used to cover a teapot, to Brits : COSY
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Apple on a desktop : IMAC
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Respite from work : DAYOFF
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___ brûlée (French custard) : CREME
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Spray can mist : AEROSOL
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___ Griffin Enterprises : MERV
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Jai ___ : ALAI
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Actress Russo : RENE
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Probability : ODDS
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Mosquito repellent ingredient : DEET
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Author Edgar Allan ___ : POE
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Like Friday attire in some offices : CASUAL
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Play music in the subway, perhaps : BUSK
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Rhyming title character who plays the tuba in Cuba, in a Rudy Vallee song : YUBA
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Curly hairstyle, for short : FRO
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1099-___ (bank-issued tax form) : INT
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Plenty steamed : MAD
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Stuck, with no way out : INABADSPOT
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Sums : TOTALS
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Orchard fruit : PEAR
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Identify : NAME
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___-mo : SLO
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Howard's best friend on "The Big Bang Theory" : RAJ
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"Green" prefix : ECO
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Rattle : UNNERVE
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"What ___ be done?" : ISTO
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Founder of Communist China : MAO
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Made smile : AMUSED
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Basketball players, quaintly : CAGERS
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"You got that right!" : OHYES
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Legal order : WRIT
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Sharpen : HONE
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___ Verde (locale of San Juan's airport) : ISLA
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Tourist town in northern New Mexico : TAOS
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By oneself : SOLO
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"If all ___ fails ..." : ELSE
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Letter starter : DEAR
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Prez with the pooch Heidi : IKE
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Saucer go-with : CUP

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

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