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New York Times, Saturday, February 20, 2021

Author:
Ali Gascoigne
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ali Gascoigne

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Gascoigne. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Ali Gascoigne notes:
Hi again everyone. It's still a lovely, pinch-me-is-this-really-happening moment to be published overseas, and more so to be making my ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
ALICANTE = "Ali, can't he?" I see what you did. That's some SECRET SERVICE level work there. What a great central marquee, SECRET ... read more
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© 2021, The New York TimesNo. 0220 ( 26,037 )
Across
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Requirement : MUSTDO
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Wage conflict, say : PAYGAP
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Things often hit during rush hour : CARHORNS
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"I Wish" rapper, 1995 : SKEELO
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Subj. of the 17th Amendment : USSENATE
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Bit of inside info : HOTTIP
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Cold War missile type : SCUD
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Believer in the Horned God : WICCAN
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Excellent : ACE
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Campaign figure, informally : POL
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Front on the waterfront : PROW
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Out of one's head, in slang : CRAY
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Sci-fi portals : STARGATES
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Fairy tale villain : CRONE
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"... unless I'm mistaken" : ORNOT
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Writers George and T. S. : ELIOTS
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"You have my vote!" : ITSAYESFROMME
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Jeering words after a prank : IGOTYA
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Clear : ERASE
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Things you can barely see at art galleries? : NUDES
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Time for an exhibition : PRESEASON
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Word derived from the Greek for "age" : AEON
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Rafter neighbor : EAVE
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Org. with resources on smart growth : EPA
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Fashion inits. : YSL
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Do a favor : OBLIGE
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Reclined : LAIN
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Uses a stylus on a credit card reader, e.g. : ESIGNS
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Role in 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises" : CATWOMAN
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Take on : ASSUME
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Whole : ENTIRETY
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Really not good anymore : ROTTEN
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Specialty of Aristophanes : SATIRE
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Supporting character? : MASCOT
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___ von der Leyen, first female head of the European Commission, who negotiated Brexit for the E.U. : URSULA
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Remove one's coat? : SHED
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Wealth : TON
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It adds one point to a soccer team's standing in the English Premier League : DRAW
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Proceeding very, very quietly : ONTIPTOE
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"Poppycock!" : PSHAW
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Singer whose name becomes a city if you add an "R" in the middle : AKON
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As ___ : YET
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Reaction to some P.D.A. : GETAROOM
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Port of SE Spain : ALICANTE
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Restaurant chain originally called Chicken on the Run : POPEYES
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Borders : CUSPS
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Protective suits? : SECRETSERVICE
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Trig function : COS
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Sevastopol is its largest city : CRIMEA
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Humorist Leo who wrote "The Joys of Yiddish," 1968 : ROSTEN
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Shades, as with a pencil : GRAYS
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"The Queen's Gambit" actress ___ Taylor-Joy : ANYA
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Thick as thieves : CLOSE
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Reigns, say : ERAS
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"Sure, it could be" : IGUESSSO
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One might have a bunch of errands : TODOLIST
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Anticonsumerists aiming to help the environment : FREEGANS
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12 months from now : INAYEAR
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Homie : PAL
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One doing some stitching : SEAMER
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Methadone or oxycodone : OPIATE
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Kind of state : NANNY
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Buddy of "Barnaby Jones" : EBSEN
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"This one's ___" : ONME
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"___ Is Betta Than Evvah!" (1976 album) : ETTA
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Actress Petty : LORI
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Make extremely upset : GUT
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Card : WIT

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle.

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