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INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

New York Times, Sunday, May 2, 2021

Actor whose breakout role came as a shirtless cowboy in "Thelma & Louise"

Author:
Dan Schoenholz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Dan Schoenholz

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 70 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 26 for Mr. Schoenholz. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Dan Schoenholz, of Walnut Creek, Calif., is the community development director for the city of Fremont. Like many crossword constructors, he got his start after watching the 2006 ... read more
Dan Schoenholz notes:
Many of my puzzle ideas over the years have come to me while running — brainstorming theme possibilities makes the miles go by faster. This puzzle was no exception. I'd had a vague notion ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I came across P-trap = POTTY MOUTH first, and my hopes shot up. A Sunday grid is so big that needs a great theme to carry me all the way through, and this concept was so promising. Trap is ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times5/2/21 ( No. 26,108 )
Across
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Advantage : LEGUP
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Tony, e.g. : AWARD
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Plunder : RANSACK
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Weighed in : OPINED
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Cow : herd :: ___ : troop : BABOON
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One with a discerning palate : EPICURE
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C-Span? : COVEREDBRIDGE
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Start brawling : GETITON
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Drink name suffix : ADE
27
Earth goddess : GAIA
28
Going from point A to point B : LINEAR
30
Miss piggy? : SOW
31
Class acts? : LESSONS
33
Actress Gershon : GINA
34
Put back on the market, as real estate : RELIST
37
Feel bad : AIL
38
Champagne name : MOET
40
P-trap? : POTTYMOUTH
44
G-force? : GERMANARMY
47
Union concern : PAY
48
Setting for C. S. Lewis's "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" : NARNIA
49
NPR host Shapiro : ARI
50
Words said in passing? : AYES
51
Deliberate betrayal : PERFIDY
53
Butt : END
54
Father figures? : DADBODS
57
Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands: Abbr. : TERR
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Surgeons' professional org. : AMA
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2012 Best Picture winner : ARGO
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Anastasia ___, protagonist of "Fifty Shades of Grey" : STEELE
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Make mention of : NOTE
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Top supporter? : BRA
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Susan who portrayed the youngest child on "The Brady Bunch" : OLSEN
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G-flat? : GARDENAPARTMENT
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Deodorant type : SPRAY
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Be short : OWE
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Make music : PLAY
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Like Crater Lake, compared to any other U.S. lake : DEEPER
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LeBron James in his N.B.A. debut, e.g. : TEEN
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Anheuser-Busch InBev's stock ticker symbol : BUD
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Avocado pit, for one : SEED
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Cause for revolution, perhaps : MISRULE
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Escort's offering : ARM
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"Yep, that happened!" : SUREDID
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[And like magic ... it's gone!] : POOF
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First of ten? : TEE
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Compete in pursuit of : VIEFOR
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Abbr. on a flight board : ARR
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D-Con? : DIRTYTRICK
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E-bond? : ELMERSGLUE
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Conversely, in brief : OTOH
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Worry for a Great Depression bank : RUN
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Ladybug, e.g. : BEETLE
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Cereal box abbr. : NTWT
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Strike-out specialists? : EDITORS
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See 106-Across : BED
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Out of 105-Across : ARISEN
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Son of Zeus : ARES
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Bird of legend : ROC
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Fast-food chain with Famous Star burgers : CARLSJR
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C-sharp? : COMPASSNEEDLE
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Black-and-white dessert : OREOPIE
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Take care of some personal baggage : UNPACK
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Word after green or smoke : SCREEN
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Things consumed for psychedelic trips : LSDTABS
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Men in black, say : GOTHS
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Deck originally known as "carte da trionfi" ("cards of triumph") : TAROT
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Kind of news often aired at 6 and 11 p.m. : LOCAL
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Classical poem form : EPODE
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Drives home, say : GIVESARIDE
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French article : UNE
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Floral archway : PERGOLA
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Pop group with a dedicated museum in Stockholm : ABBA
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"___ is mainly a catalog of blunders": Churchill : WAR
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Means : ABILITY
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"The Burghers of Calais" sculptor : RODIN
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Cruella de Vil, for one : DOGNAPPER
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Beat oneself up over, say : REGRET
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Mimic : APE
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Little beef : NIT
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___ kicks (ab exercise) : SCISSOR
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Pitch-correcting devices : AUTOTUNERS
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Tribe of southern Montana : CROW
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Range of knowledge : KEN
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School administrator : DEAN
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French for "born" : NEE
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Appalls : DISMAYS
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Aesthetically pretentious, informally : ARTYFARTY
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___ card : SIM
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Ruby, e.g. : GEMSTONE
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Carter who portrayed Wonder Woman : LYNDA
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Noncommittal response to "You coming?" : IMAY
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Load off one's mine? : ORE
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Homonym of 39-Down : OAR
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Trace of color : TINGE
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Wore : HADON
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Gallivants (about) : GADS
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Part of Q.E.D. : ERAT
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Ralph who founded the American Museum of Tort Law : NADER
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Got ready (for) : PREPPED
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Mosque leader : IMAM
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Launched : BEGAN
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Product once advertised with the line "The splendor of your skin" : OLAY
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Datum for a chauffeur, for short : ETA
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Take in, maybe : ALTER
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Supporter of Roosevelt's agenda : NEWDEALER
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Actor whose breakout role came as a shirtless cowboy in "Thelma & Louise" : BRADPITT
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Singles : ONES
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Hardly cheery : DOUR
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Hoppy request at happy hour : ALE
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Enlighten : EDIFY
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Wine barrel strip : STAVE
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Climate change, e.g. : PERIL
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Looked back on : REMEMBERED
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Alphabetized, say : PUTINORDER
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Wind farm output: Abbr. : ELEC
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Stink : REEK
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Split open : BURST
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Lorelei's lure : SIRENSONG
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May honorees : MOTHERS
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Mad (at) : SORE
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___ Hill ('90s R&B group) : DRU
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Decoration at el Palacio Real de Madrid : ORO
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Where livestock eat : FEEDLOT
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Mastered : DOWNPAT
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Divide into three parts : TRISECT
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Pattern that's hard to break : RUT
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Nasty looks : GLARES
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Lento or allegro : TEMPO
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Retreats : DENS
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Loggers' competition : ROLEO
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Track : SCENT
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Rap lyrics, in slang : BARS
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Post-O.R. destination, often : ICU
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Doesn't just assume : ASKS
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The Rockies, on scoreboards : COL
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Day ___ : SPA
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Sail fixed to a bowsprit : JIB
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"Darn!," in Dortmund : ACH
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Baseball's dead-ball ___ (around 1900-20) : ERA

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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