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CROSSWORD BUFF

New York Times, Sunday, February 28, 2021

Author:
Brad Wiegmann
Editor:
Will Shortz
John for whom the Voting Rights Advancement Act was named
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {JQZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Wiegmann.
Will Shortz notes:
Brad Wiegmann is a national security lawyer for the Department of Justice in Washington. About a year and a half ago, while solving some crosswords on vacation, he wondered aloud if he ... read more
Brad Wiegmann notes:
Q: So Brad, tell me, how long have you been obsessed with nudity? A: Thanks for that question. I'm actually more prude than nudist. I keep my clothes on at all times. Even in the shower. ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Man, oh man, Brad's "interview" had me rolling in the aisles! I enjoyed his debut puzzle almost as much. CROSSWORD BUFF, what a fun bit of wordplay. For all of Will Shortz's intent to ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times2/28/21 ( No. 26,045 )
Across
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Man who had all the answers? : TREBEK
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Some baggage : VALISES
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Fillet, say : DEBONE
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William Howard Taft or William McKinley : OHIOAN
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"It's just me" : IMALONE
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First-aid item for allergy sufferers : EPIPEN
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Shared with, for a while : LENTTO
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Leadership style of the nudist club president? : BARELYMANAGING
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Like a senior year : LAST
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Dates : SEES
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Steamboat Springs alternative : VAIL
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Pint-size : WEE
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Like Ahab's pursuit of Moby Dick : OBSESSIVE
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Winter driving hazard : SLEET
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Ascribe to, as fault : BLAMEON
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When the nudist club was founded? : MANYMOONSAGO
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They hit the sauce a lot : LADLES
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"There's another good point" : THATTOO
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"Hold on!" : NOTYET
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Home to the world's three highest capital cities : ANDES
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Nicolas who directed "The Man Who Fell to Earth" : ROEG
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Puffs : DRAGS
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Graduation wear for a University of Hawaii student : LEI
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Place for a throne : DAIS
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New members of the nudist club? : RAWRECRUITS
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Pans for potstickers : WOKS
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Time's Person of the Century : EINSTEIN
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Lit into : HADAT
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Two are named after Douglas and Fraser : FIRS
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Big name in tennis balls : PENN
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Weigh in : OPINE
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School with a 15th-century chapel : ETON
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It comes straight from the horse's mouth : REIN
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"Raspberry ___" (Prince hit) : BERET
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Liquor with a double-headed eagle logo : SMIRNOFF
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Polo course? : EAST
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What happens in the stand-up show at the nudist club? : COMICSTRIPS
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Robert who played A. J. Soprano : ILER
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Pro wrestler Flair : RIC
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John for whom the Voting Rights Advancement Act was named : LEWIS
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Slangy contraction : AINT
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Rock genre : INDIE
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Soon : INABIT
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Taco Bell slogan : LIVEMAS
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Its size may be measured in liters : ENGINE
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Hours spent by the pool at the nudist club? : EXPOSURETIME
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Popular hiding spots in hide-and-seek : CLOSETS
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Virtual currency : ECASH
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Sensitive subject : SOREPOINT
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Mimic : APE
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"Cómo ___?" : ESTA
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Strong desire : LUST
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Not a joke, say : REAL
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How people returned from a week at the nudist club? : FULLYRECOVERED
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Mountaineer's tool : ICEAXE
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2006 World Cup champion, to native fans : ITALIA
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Popping up : ARISING
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Follower of high or dry : SEASON
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Goal of some workouts : TONING
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Break between workouts : RESTDAY
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Symbolic gestures : TOKENS
Down
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Travel expense : TOLL
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Largest South American bird : RHEA
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A quarter of vier : EINS
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Where the nudist club orchestra plays its concerts? : BOTTOMLESSPIT
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Graze : EAT
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Site of the Minotaur's Labyrinth : KNOSSOS
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Feelings in the room, informally : VIBES
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Build up : AMASS
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Choreographer Lubovitch : LAR
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Mont-Saint-Michel, e.g. : ILE
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Not in debt : SOLVENT
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One-named Irish singer : ENYA
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Final Four game, e.g. : SEMI
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Thieves' hideout : DEN
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Cleanup grp. : EPA
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Conference with five University of California schools : BIGWEST
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'60s TV kid : OPIETAYLOR
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Child, in Chile : NENE
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Part of the U.K.: Abbr. : ENG
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"What's more ..." : ALSO
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Poetry night? : EEN
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Humbugs? : BEES
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A negative has a reverse one : IMAGE
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Acid container : VAT
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Joneses : LONGS
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Baseball Hall-of-Famer Slaughter : ENOS
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Element of Freddy Krueger's glove : BLADE
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Hawaiian house feature : LANAI
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Recipe direction : ADDIN
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"Hey, man!" : YODUDE
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Balrog's home in "The Lord of the Rings" : MORIA
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Techies and Trekkies, stereotypically : GEEKS
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Elevator innovator : OTIS
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You might skip it if you're in trouble : TOWN
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Self starter? : HER
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L.G.B.T. symbol : RAINBOW
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Statistic in football or basketball : ATTEMPT
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Kylo ___, "Star Wars" villain : REN
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Signed i.o.u.'s : CHITS
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Published : RAN
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Victory in the annual nudist club 1K? : WINNINGSTREAK
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Face card's value in blackjack : TEN
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Supporting : FOR
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Question that introduces doubt : ORISIT
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Muscle above an ab : PEC
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"___ So Sweet to Trust in Jesus" (hymn) : TIS
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Big name in windshield wipers : RAINX
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Need for a jailbreak : ESCAPEPLAN
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Nellie's love in "South Pacific" : EMILE
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Behaves badly : SINS
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Many a goodie, they say : OLDIE
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Fighter's fake : FEINT
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Releases : FREES
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The lake in "lake effect" snow : ERIE
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Whale constellation : CETUS
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Not as unruly : TAMER
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Small inlet : RIA
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Vanderpump of Bravo's "Vanderpump Rules" : LISA
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Privy to : INON
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Tenor Andrea : BOCELLI
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In relation to : VISAVIS
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Punk cousin : EMO
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Supercilious sort : ELITIST
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Syngman ___, first South Korean president : RHEE
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Sin's counterpart : COS
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First name on the Supreme Court : ELENA
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Like babies' legs, often : PUDGY
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Thermostat setting : AUTO
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Permanent marker? : SCAR
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Hightailed it : TORE
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Minimal effort : EASE
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Neural transmitter : AXON
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Common prescription item : LENS
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In shape : FIT
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Dark side : YIN
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Criticize constantly, with "on" : RAG
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Is, in ancient Rome : EST
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Divest : RID
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Many a golden parachute recipient, in brief : CEO

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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