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New York Times, Friday, February 19, 2021

Author:
Amanda Rafkin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Amanda Rafkin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 8 for Ms. Rafkin. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Amanda Rafkin notes:
I'm very excited to be here today with my first ever themeless puzzle in The Times! I got really into writing themelesses over the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Two POW!s in one week?! Hey, sometimes you gotta break the rules. I loved that combination of ALPHA FEMALE and DEMIGODDESSES. I hadn't ... read more
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Across
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Leading lady? : ALPHAFEMALE
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Depiction on the Australian coat of arms : EMU
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Popular orders at beachside bars : BAHAMAMAMAS
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U-Haul option : VAN
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Comment before indulging : ICANTRESIST
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Some theft targets : IDS
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Protrusions near a trunk, maybe : TUSKS
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Sticks : RODS
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Whizzed (by) : FLEW
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Word sometimes substituted for "your" : ONES
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Killing a mockingbird is one, per Atticus Finch : SIN
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Prepare for court, in a way : ENROBE
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Tamagotchi, once : FAD
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Modern lead-in to speak : LOL
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Park ranger's handout : AREAMAP
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Stayed out of sight : LAYLOW
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Bouquet : SCENT
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Palindrome with an apostrophe in the middle : MAAM
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Contents of some wells : INK
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Sleeveless top, informally : TANK
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Approached quickly : RANTO
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Complete set in musical comedy? : VOWELS
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Psych up : ENTHUSE
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Bill that's half a 52-Across, informally : ABE
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___ Short, pioneer in West Coast hip-hop : TOO
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Reroute : DIVERT
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The sun or the moon : ORB
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Ganja : HERB
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Whizzed (by) : SPED
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"The Virtue of Selfishness" essayist, 1964 : RAND
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Pal of Seinfeld and Costanza : BENES
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See 41-Across : TEN
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Way of Life? : CEREALAISLE
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Stir : ADO
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Helen of Troy, e.g. : DEMIGODDESS
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Lip : RIM
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Some reference works in newsrooms : STYLEGUIDES
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Not very much : ABITOF
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Missing portion of a manuscript : LACUNA
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Gradually stopped, with "out" : PHASED
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Hair pieces : HANKS
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Qts. and pts. : AMTS
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Way out : FAR
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Onetime Food Network show featuring Creole and Cajun cuisine : EMERILLIVE
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Kind of jar : MASON
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"Go placidly ___ the noise and the haste ..." (start of Max Ehrmann's "Desiderata") : AMID
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Louise of TV's "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" : LASSER
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Ballpark fig. : EST
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It's a bad sign : EVILOMEN
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Raked in the dough : MADEBANK
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Messy, as a floor : UNSWEPT
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Tussle : FRACAS
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___ protein : SOY
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Parent company of Gerber and Lean Cuisine : NESTLE
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Dorothy of old "Road" films : LAMOUR
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13, for many : AWKWARDAGE
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Shaped, as wood : LATHED
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Singer/songwriter of 1980's "Kiss Kiss Kiss" : ONO
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Popular salon option, informally : MANIPEDI
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Toxin that might contain formic acid : ANTVENOM
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Symbol associated with Communism : REDSTAR
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Go out : EBB
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Houston or Washington vis-à-vis Manhattan : STREET
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Tightened (up) : TENSED
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Threatening words : ORELSE
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Hyperfocus : OBSESS
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Buck ___, Major League Baseball's first Black coach : ONEIL
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Gardner of "S.N.L." : HEIDI
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General assembly? : ARMY
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R&B singer Erykah : BADU
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Burnable items : CDS
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Burnable item : LOG

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle.

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