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New York Times, Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Author:
Amanda Rafkin and Ross Trudeau
Editor:
Will Shortz
Question asked regarding two red-carpet photos of those named in the starred clues?
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Amanda Rafkin
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Ross Trudeau

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {KQYZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 9 for Ms. Rafkin. This is puzzle # 39 for Mr. Trudeau. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Wednesday freshness: 44%
Constructor notes:
AMANDA: Always a thrill to be back in The Times, especially with my forever-collaborator Ross! Our puzzle today is interesting for me ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
So amusing to think about Mario going down the runway, trying to out-pose the Minions. I didn't fully appreciate the concept at first ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times3/24/21 ( No. 26,069 )
Across
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Catch : NAB
4
Onetime Volvo competitors : SAABS
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Title character of a John Irving novel : GARP
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"Is that ___?" : ALL
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Alternatives to windows? : AISLES
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Diva's delivery : ARIA
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*Donald Duck or Popeye? : SAILORSUIT
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One of Jacob's 12 sons : LEVI
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Writing sister of Charlotte and Emily : ANNE
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What doesn't go a long. way? : LAT
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Ready to roll : INGEAR
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*Minions or Mario? : DENIMOVERALLS
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Hand down : PASSON
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"Goodness gracious!" : EGAD
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Danger for Indiana Jones : ASP
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Pick up : LEARN
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Locale of the annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony : OSLO
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Question asked regarding two red-carpet photos of those named in the starred clues? : WHOWOREITBETTER
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First name among late-night TV hosts : SETH
43
"Boo-hoo" : SOSAD
44
Wrestler Flair : RIC
45
Should that be the case : IFSO
48
San Diego suburb : LAMESA
50
*Michael Darling or Baby Smurf? : FOOTIEPAJAMAS
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"It's almost my turn!" : IMNEXT
56
Judo ranking : DAN
57
___ card, part of a wedding invitation : RSVP
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On a magnet they're called poles : ENDS
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*Inspector Gadget or McGruff the Crime Dog? : TRENCHCOAT
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Happening now : LIVE
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More slick : OILIER
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Big ___ (praise, slangily) : UPS
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Duchamp's art movement : DADA
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Monopoly stack : DEEDS
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Bear in a 2012 comedy : TED
Down
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Org. with Perseverance : NASA
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___ Kim, 7-year-old star of the Golden Globe-winning "Minari" : ALAN
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Driver's danger : BLINDSPOT
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___ Paulo : SAO
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Runway model? : AIRLINER
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Silk center of India : ASSAM
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Comic strip antagonist with massive arms : BLUTO
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Tre x due : SEI
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Wonder-ful actress? : GALGADOT
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Spinning : AREEL
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Compete with : RIVAL
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Figure skating category : PAIRS
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Writer Larsson : STIEG
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Wine dregs : LEES
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Grp. opposed by March for Our Lives : NRA
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Certain court plea, in brief : NOLO
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They can blow a lot of hot air : VENTS
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Hound's "hands" : PAWS
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Tennis great posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom : ASHE
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Classic name in children's literature : AESOP
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Home to the Christ the Redeemer statue, in brief : RIO
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Worry to exhaustion : STRESSOUT
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Luau loops : LEIS
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Subject of the 2013 documentary "Blackfish" : ORCA
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Body of water in northern Russia : WHITESEA
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Like tightrope walkers and household budgets, ideally : BALANCED
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Semihard Dutch cheese : EDAM
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Manipulate the outcome of : FIX
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Scrap : SETTO
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Podcaster Maron : MARC
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Sphere : FIELD
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"Labor ___ vincit" (Oklahoma's state motto) : OMNIA
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Available for home viewing, in a way : ONDVD
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"Rolling in the Deep" hitmaker : ADELE
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Title girl with a gun in an Aerosmith hit : JANIE
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Use a Juul, say : VAPE
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Affliction for many a vet : PTSD
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Cleansed (of) : RID
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They're made of mins. : HRS

Answer summary:
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