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New York Times, Sunday, February 2, 2020

2017 film nominated for Best Picture ... or a hint to the answers to the eight starred clues

Author:
Brian Herrick and Christopher Adams
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 139, Blocks: 75 Missing: {JQXZ} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Herrick. This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Adams.
Will Shortz notes:
Brian Herrick, of Brooklyn, does communications for a nonprofit that funds diabetes research. Christopher Adams, of Iowa City, Iowa, is a puzzlemaker/crossword constructor. (Guess who ... read more
Constructor notes:
BRIAN: After a few years of constructing, I am thrilled to have my debut puzzle in the NYT! I started constructing in 2017, so this was a few years in the making. The idea for this puzzle ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I've seen a lot of crosswords based on "people whose last name are (some category of thing)." I even remembered two with CLARICE STARLING (the one Chris mentioned plus another) — my stupid ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times2/2/20 ( No. 25,653 )
Across
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Part of L.G.B.T., for short : TRANS
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Like wine, but not grape juice : AGED
10
Chances : ODDS
14
Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore : ALBUS
19
"The Jungle Book" bear : BALOO
20
Part of a theater? : ROLE
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Do for a few months? : PERM
22
"Lovergirl" singer Marie : TEENA
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*"Soak Up the Sun" singer, 2002 : SHERYLCROW
25
*Fictional protagonist who attends elementary school in Maycomb County : SCOUTFINCH
27
Smooth over : PAVE
28
Onetime "Come hungry. Leave happy" sloganeer : IHOP
29
Tolkien trilogy, for short : LOTR
30
Hawk : SELL
31
Pick up from school : LEARN
33
Nat ___ (documentary channel, for short) : GEO
35
Gentle attention-getter : TAP
36
Divert : AMUSE
38
*Actress in "Alien" and "Avatar" : SIGOURNEYWEAVER
42
Farthest orbital point from the moon : APOLUNE
44
___ smear : PAP
45
Patois : DIALECT
48
Grace's partner on Netflix : FRANKIE
49
Symbolic item : TOTEM
51
Avoids attention for now : LIESLOW
53
Ingredient in bananas Foster : RUM
54
Cease : END
55
Completely lost : ATSEA
56
Speck in la mer : ILE
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Ivanovic who won the 2008 French Open : ANA
58
Lend a hand when one shouldn't : ABET
60
"Cool your jets!" : EASY
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Directs : RUNS
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Really, really hope : PRAY
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Aqib ___, five-time Pro Bowl cornerback : TALIB
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#carpediem : YOLO
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Kitchen timer sound : DING
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Labors : TOILS
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Iowa college city that isn't Iowa City : AMES
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Corrida combatants : TOREROS
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One of the Spice Girls : MELC
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Swedish vodka brand : ABSOLUT
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Tease relentlessly : RAGON
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Hamilton and Burr, e.g. : DUELERS
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"Nice job, dude!" : YOUROCK
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Poker-faced : STOIC
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You might gain knowledge through this : OSMOSIS
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Direction from Tampa to Orlando, for short : ENE
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"Don't include me in this!" : WHOSWE
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Dipsomaniacs : DRUNKS
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Bronze : TAN
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Costco competitor, informally : SAMS
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Italian wine region : ASTI
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Bottom of Britain? : ARSE
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Some square dance participants : GALS
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Bill passers, briefly : ATMS
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Some woolen blankets : AFGHANS
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Peter or Paul (but not Mary) : TSAR
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Ballerina's balancing aid : BARRE
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Exhibition mounter : ARTMUSEUM
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Anne with the Pulitzer-winning novel "Breathing Lessons" : TYLER
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*First African-American U.S. poet laureate : RITADOVE
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Uraeus, in ancient Egypt : ASP
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2017 film nominated for Best Picture ... or a hint to the answers to the eight starred clues : LADYBIRD
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Northern race : IDITAROD
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President whose veep was Dick : IKE
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Lone female Argonaut : ATALANTA
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"Copacabana" hitmaker, 1978 : MANILOW
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___ St. James, first female Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year : LYN
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Comes to light : EMERGES
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Amt. of cooking oil : TBSP
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Bobby in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America : RAHAL
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Advil alternative : ALEVE
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"Because I felt like it" : NOREASON
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Makeup of some meat substitutes : SOY
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Prefix with conservative : ARCH
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Ignore orders : GOROGUE
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Romeo or Juliet : ELOPER
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Mountain ___ : DEW
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Covert ___ : OPS
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Render harmless, so to speak : DECLAW
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Wasn't stiff : DROOPED
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N.S.F.W. stuff : SMUT
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Antismuggling grp. : ATF
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Idle periods : LEISURES
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Elaine on "Seinfeld" : BENES
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Cry from the defeated : UNCLE
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Jokester Mort : SAHL
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Trattoria dish : LINGUINE
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Labors : TRAVAILS
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Rainer Maria ___, writer of "Letters to a Young Poet" : RILKE
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Baked, in a way : ONPOT
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Herman Melville's first book : TYPEE
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Fracas : MELEE
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"Eventually ..." : ONEDAY
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Vittles : EATS
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Sick : AILING
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Island whose name rhymes with a popular thing to do there : ARUBA
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*Portrayer of Fallon Carrington Colby on "Dynasty" : PAMELASUEMARTIN
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*"The Silence of the Lambs" protagonist : CLARICESTARLING
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Like the Vietnamese language : TONAL
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Kegger locale : FRAT
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*Singer with the most American Music Awards of all time (29) : TAYLORSWIFT
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*Janet Leigh played her in "Psycho" : MARIONCRANE
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How, with "the" : WAYS
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Asian island divided between two countries : TIMOR
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One on a bender, perhaps : SOT
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Young ___ : UNS
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Arroz accompanier, often : POLLO
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In the hold : BELOW
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Keynote, say : ORATE
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R2-D2 or C-3PO : DROID
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Overflows (with) : TEEMS
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"For example ...?" : SUCHAS
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Bigheadedness : EGO
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Weapon with a lock, stock and barrel : MUSKET
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Passing judgments? : AYES
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___ fide : BONA
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M.M.A. stats, for short : TKOS
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Mob bosses : DONS
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Money in the Mideast : RIAL
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1040 figures, for short : SSNS
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Gawked : STARED
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"The Little Mermaid" villain : URSULA
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Certain clouds : STRATI
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Stonewall Inn, e.g. : GAYBAR
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Make it to the podium : MEDAL
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App with an envelope icon : GMAIL
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Kind of voice or dog : HUSKY
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Wood that's good for matchmaking : ASPEN
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Word with house or high : STYLE
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Hat part : BRIM
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Hit musical with music by Elton John : AIDA
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Swear : AVOW
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___ in three (chess challenge) : MATE
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The Father of Art Deco : ERTE
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Nutrition figs. : RDAS
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Guadalajara gold : ORO
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Horse's female parent : DAM

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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