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New York Times, Thursday, February 21, 2019

Answer to the old riddle "What wears more clothing in summer than in winter?"

Author:
Sam Trabucco
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 42 Missing: {FQYZ} This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Trabucco. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Sam Trabucco notes:
Oof, this was a doozy to construct. There are so few themer options (beyond the flexibility that Bond and "Men in Black" provide), ... read more
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Jim Horne notes:

Sam Trabucco is right. Chicago's Cloud Gate, commonly called The Bean, is oddly compelling. It's fun to watch people walk around and stare at it.

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© 2019, The New York Times2/21/19 ( No. 25,307 )
Across
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Precursor to riches, it's said : RAGS
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"A Farewell to Arms" subj. : WWI
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Snide chuckle : HEHE
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Unalaskan, e.g. : ALEUTIAN
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Hide-y holes? : PORES
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Player of X in "X-Men" : PATRICKSTEWART
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Alternatives to texts : IMS
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Squeeze (out) : EKE
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Frequent favorite : ONESEED
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Scotch brand : DEWARS
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Courtroom V.I.P.s : DAS
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Part of some future planning, for short : IRA
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Like many of Pindar's works : ODIC
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Player of M in "GoldenEye" : JUDIDENCH
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Carefully listening (to) : ATTUNED
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Screw up : ERR
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Player of V in "V for Vendetta" : HUGOWEAVING
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Cabinet dept. concerned with farming : AGR
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Chicago landmark nicknamed for its resemblance to a legume : THEBEAN
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Player of J in "Men in Black" : WILLSMITH
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Urban portmanteau : SMOG
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Lead-in to -cide : ECO
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Equal : ARE
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Would really rather not : HATETO
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Member of a fratlike Silicon Valley work environment : TECHBRO
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"Game of Thrones" role ___ Snow : JON
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Cardi B's genre : RAP
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15-, 26-, 33- or 39-Across, punnily? : CHARACTERACTOR
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Answer to the old riddle "What wears more clothing in summer than in winter?" : ATREE
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What Dante wrote in : ITALIANO
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Try to get a good look : PEER
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Crosses out : XES
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A really long time : AGES
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Spanish fleet? : RAPIDO
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San Francisco Bay city : ALAMEDA
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Becomes involved in : GETSWITH
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Big ___ : SUR
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Ones going down in flames? : WICKS
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Shake, maybe : WAKE
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Walk-___ : INS
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Julia Ward ___, writer of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" : HOWE
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Really long times : ERAS
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Contained by this text : HEREIN
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Ph-neutral vitamin brand : ESTERC
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Mezzanine, e.g. : TIER
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Magical basin used to view one's memories in the Harry Potter books : PENSIEVE
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Disgusting sort : TOAD
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"Lah-di-___!" : DAH
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Honest-to-goodness : ACTUAL
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Cool woman, jocularly : DUDETTE
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Typical Seder attendee : JEW
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Tiny amount : DRIB
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Rutherford known as "The Father of Nuclear Physics" : ERNEST
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Popular boots from Australia : UGGS
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Title role for Sally Field : NORMARAE
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"How relaxing!" : AHH
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Online handle for an Xbox player : GAMERTAG
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Zero : NOTAONE
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Drippy, say : WET
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Geographical feature of Mars : ICECAP
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12-time Olympic swimming medalist Ryan : LOCHTE
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Classic Camaro, informally : IROC
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Action-documenting cameras : GOPROS
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Some circle dances : HORAS
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Super-uptight : ANAL
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Title creature in an Aesop fable : HARE
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Title in Uncle Remus stories : BRER
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"Black Swan" jump : JETE
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Two for the show, informally? : TIX
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Org. concerned with bugs and plants : CIA

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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