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New York Times, Wednesday, June 16, 2021

2-Down : Indigenous people of Easter Island

Author:
Finn Vigeland
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Finn Vigeland

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 81, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 20 for Mr. Vigeland.
Finn Vigeland notes:
Great to have my 20th crossword in the Times only two weeks after my last one! Arguably, this puzzle's revealer applies in three different ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
MISDIRECTED is a fun bit of wordplay, hinting at directors who did things totally wrong. "My Left Foot" becomes MY RIGHT FOOT, "Knives Out" the ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times6/16/21 ( No. 26,153 )
Across
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Items purportedly burned outside the Miss America Pageant in 1968 : BRAS
5
Prefix that makes a pseudoscience when paired with 44-Down : PSYCHO
11
Quatrain rhyme scheme : ABBA
15
Fancy fabric : LAME
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Embryo's home : UTERUS
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Barbershop job : TRIM
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Tiptop : APEX
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Jim Sheridan gives Daniel Day-Lewis nothing to work with in this Irish dramedy (1989) : MYRIGHTFOOT
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Photographer Goldin : NAN
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Stop up : DAM
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Rapper Megan ___ Stallion : THEE
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Letters seen on some tote bags : NPR
25
Rian Johnson helms this snoozer of a whodunit starring Daniel Craig (2019) : KNIVESIN
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Thorny tree : ACACIA
30
Adorable one : CUTIE
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It made the peseta passé : EURO
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Have in inventory : STOCK
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Handy sorts : DIYERS
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Fey of "30 Rock" : TINA
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Follower of smart or bad : ASS
40
Elia Kazan bungles this John Steinbeck novel adaptation (1955) : WESTOFEDEN
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Hit the slopes : SKI
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Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys : NEIL
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Foe of Austin Powers : DREVIL
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Nice dinnerware : CHINA
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Tavern offerings : ALES
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Assemble : UNITE
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Korean alphabet system : HANGUL
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Anne Fletcher misses the mark with this first film in a dance franchise (2006) : STEPDOWN
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1950s White House nickname : IKE
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Word with luck or waiter : DUMB
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Nonkosher sandwich : BLT
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Captain's record : LOG
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Led astray ... or like the films at 19-, 25-, 40- and 57-Across? : MISDIRECTED
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Muppet with a big orange nose : BERT
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Victorian : PRIM
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Make hard to read, in a way : ENCODE
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Egyptian cross : ANKH
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Lip : SASS
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Cleaning tool : DUSTER
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Online crafts shop : ETSY
Down
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Item needed for burning, once : BLANKCD
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Indigenous people of Easter Island : RAPANUI
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Pool or fitness center, for a hotel : AMENITY
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Census info : SEX
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Mountain lions : PUMAS
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Frustrate : STYMIE
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"___ out!" (ump's cry) : YER
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Lit ___ : CRIT
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Jackman of "X-Men" : HUGH
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___ Jackson, a.k.a. Ice Cube : OSHEA
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D.O.J. agency : ATF
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Winners of Super Bowl 50 : BRONCOS
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"Frida" and "Selena," e.g. : BIOPICS
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Operator of the California Zephyr : AMTRAK
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Gumshoes : TECS
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Big name in tractors : DEERE
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For your ___ pleasure : VIEWING
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Almond extract, e.g. : NUTOIL
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Finished : ATANEND
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Big guns : RIFLES
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Unnamed person : ONE
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Job app ID : SSN
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Recipe instruction : ADD
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Gossip, in slang : TEA
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Lose one's cool : ERUPT
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"Hips Don't Lie" singer, 2006 : SHAKIRA
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See 5-Across : KINESIS
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Word that fills both parts of the Shakespeare quote "These ___ delights have ___ ends" : VIOLENT
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Inventor's happy cry : ITWORKS
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Protracted : LENGTHY
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Subjects for Jane Goodall : CHIMPS
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BMW competitor : AUDI
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Monk known as the "Father of English History" : STBEDE
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Baited : LURED
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Respected tribe member : ELDER
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Handout from a maître d' : MENU
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Secretly loops in, in a way : BCCS
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Private Instagram exchanges, briefly : DMS
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Tater ___ : TOT
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Hon : BAE

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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