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New York Times, Sunday, February 7, 2021

Rock band that you might think would always be an opening act, with "the"?

Author:
Katie Hale and Christina Iverson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Christina Iverson

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {JX} Scrabble average: 1.77 This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Hale. This is puzzle # 7 for Ms. Iverson.
Will Shortz notes:
Katie Hale, of London, England, and Christina Iverson, of Ames, Iowa, are both stay-at-home moms. Katie is also co-founder of a community organization that recycles children's books. The ... read more
Constructor notes:
KATIE: I loved this puzzle idea when Christina pitched it to me. We both have young children (mine are 8 and 4), and the thought of the little one saying some of these phrases made me ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Excellent Sunday puzzle, well above the overall average. Note that I didn't say well above Sunday average — Sundays have been underwhelming and not as well-executed as weekday puzzles in ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times2/7/21 ( No. 26,024 )
Across
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Unloading point : DOCK
5
Trait for a ballerina : POISE
10
"Wanna hear a secret?" preceder : PSST
14
Not much : ABIT
18
The "O" of OWN : OPRAH
20
Portrayer of Captain Davies in "Roots" : ASNER
21
Bind with rope : LASH
22
Abacus column : TENS
23
Helpful : UTILE
24
Accept payment from Batman? : TAKEAWAYNECHECK
27
Eponymous Irish city : LIMERICK
29
___ pickle : INA
30
Counterparts of faunas : FLORAS
31
Cause for celebration at a pachyderm sanctuary? : ANELEPHANTINTHEWOMB
36
___ lecithin (chocolate additive) : SOY
37
What most pens can't do : ERASE
38
Jane portrayer in 1981's "Tarzan, the Ape Man" : BODEREK
41
Worry about, informally : SWEAT
45
Flip (out) : WIG
46
Rock band that you might think would always be an opening act, with "the"? : DOORS
48
Ex-Giants QB Manning : ELI
49
Finish scooping out a big stir-fry? : HITWOKBOTTOM
54
Signal approval : NOD
55
Inexplicably missing, say : AWOL
56
Brontë who wrote "Agnes Grey" : ANNE
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Target of permethrin cream : LOUSE
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Not very convincing : WEAK
60
Highly skilled : ADEPT
61
Rare race outcome : DEADHEAT
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Unimaginative birthday gift : CASH
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Is stertorous : SNORES
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Puritan's goal in 17th-century Salem? : GETWITCHQUICK
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Changes topics in a debate, perhaps : PIVOTS
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Scrapes (out) : EKES
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The Rose Bowl, e.g. : NCAAGAME
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Czar who co-ruled with Peter I : IVANV
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Goes head-to-head : VIES
81
Indiana athlete : PACER
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Sunburn soother : ALOE
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Specialist publication, for short : ZINE
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Monopolize : HOG
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Something a Parmesan vendor might offer? : THEWHEELDEAL
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Unflappable state of mind : ZEN
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Baron Cohen of film : SACHA
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One of all fours? : ARM
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Container words : USEBY
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2019 film whose title means "to the stars" : ADASTRA
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A dance and a dip : SALSA
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Cartoondom's Olive ___ : OYL
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What a stoner actor smoked during rehearsal? : WEEDBETWEENTHELINES
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Beginning and end of "America" : SCHWAS
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"Ha-ha!" : LOL
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Noise heard during the London Blitz : AIRALERT
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Domain for Jameson and Maker's Mark? : WHISKEYBUSINESS
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Curl target, informally : BICEP
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Manual alternative : AUTO
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Soul singer Bridges : LEON
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Bank investment? : LEVEE
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Spanish dagger or Adam's needle is a variety of it : YUCCA
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New York football team, informally : GMEN
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Apt rhyme for "crude" and "rude" : LEWD
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It may need to be broken to move : LEASE
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Lucretia ___, abolitionist and women's rights advocate : MOTT
Down
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Childbirth assistant : DOULA
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Choose to participate : OPTIN
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Concern for Superman : CRIME
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Superman's birth name : KALEL
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Like many a teenage boy's facial hair : PATCHY
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First Asian tennis player to be ranked #1 in singles : OSAKA
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Press : INK
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Bishop's jurisdiction : SEE
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Long period : ERA
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Like some evidence and bulbs : PLANTED
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Doctor's order : SAYAH
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I.R.S. ID : SSN
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Live broadcast no-no : THEFWORD
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In : ATHOME
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One creating draft after draft? : BEERBREWER
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Andean empire member : INCA
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Some clicks of the tongue : TSKS
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Slice of toast? : HERESTO
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Comes out ahead : WINS
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Dolts : CLODS
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Market launch, for short : IPO
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Amphibians that may have toxic skin : NEWTS
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Clichéd : TRITE
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Shakespeare villain with more lines than the title character : IAGO
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Kindle download : EBOOK
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Skip the big ceremony, say : ELOPE
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They're found around Scots : KILTS
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Bony fish with prized eggs : SHAD
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"Bottled poetry," according to Robert Louis Stevenson : WINE
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Active Sicilian volcano : ETNA
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Filled with wonder : AWED
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Without concrete evidence : ONAHUNCH
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"Ad Parnassum" and "Fish Magic," for two : KLEES
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Metaphor for a shared experience : BOAT
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Be more important than : OUTWEIGH
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Exaggerated kiss sound : MWAH
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Fuss : ADO
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Legal title: Abbr. : ESQ
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He wrote lyrics to "My Way" for Sinatra : ANKA
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Channel with a lot of house renovation shows : HGTV
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Keeps in the loop, in a way : CCS
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Give a start : SCARE
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Prez with a rhyming campaign slogan : IKE
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Lab work : TEST
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Cause of some brain freeze : ICEE
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It comes in California and New York styles : PIZZA
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Covered in vines : IVIED
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Celebrity who holds the Guinness world record for "Most Frequent Clapper" : VANNAWHITE
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Half and half? : ONE
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Gallivants : GADS
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On the safe side : ALEE
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Ancient kingdom in modern-day Jordan : MOAB
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Elusive, in a way : EELY
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Words to learn, briefly : VOCAB
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In itself: Lat. : PERSE
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"Oh, come on!" : AWMAN
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Aggressive pitch : HARDSELL
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Physically fit : HALE
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Rock song? : LULLABY
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Big cut of tuna : STEAK
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Fill with wonder : ASTOUND
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Attaches, as a button : SEWSON
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Some shop tools : AWLS
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"Now it makes sense!" : OHISEE
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"___ So Bad" (Tom Petty song) : YER
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Flying ___ drop (pro wrestling move) : ELBOW
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Shocks, in a way : TASES
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Hip bone : ILIUM
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Classic brand of wafers : NECCO
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Upright : ERECT
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The Apostle of Ireland, familiarly : STPAT
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It might come in a branded tote bag : SWAG
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Buddy : CHUM
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"___-haw!" : YEE
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Laid up : ILL
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Formerly called : NEE
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Perón of politics : EVA

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle.

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