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New York Times, Friday, September 24, 2021

Actor Claude of "B.J. and the Bear"

Author:
Stella Zawistowski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Stella Zawistowski

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 31 Missing: {JQVWZ} This is puzzle # 20 for Ms. Zawistowski.
Stella Zawistowski notes:
Since I often start themelesses now with a single seed (in this case, BOX BRAIDS) instead of two or three, I'm really pleased that the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Whoa! Stella is flexing with those gigantic upper left and lower right corners. Almost mirrors the keg she's holding in her profile ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Unlike Jeff, I loved seeing MONOPLANE in the grid.

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© 2021, The New York Times9/24/21 ( No. 26,253 )

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Across
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What's not to like? : BETENOIRE
10
Big ink purveyor : EPSON
15
The singer Björk,for one : ICELANDER
16
Lustrous shell compound : NACRE
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Black hairstyle with square-shaped sections : BOXBRAIDS
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Yet to be processed : CRUDE
19
Cabinet department with a buffalo on its emblem : INTERIOR
20
Place for fast growth : HOTBED
21
Valuable carriers : ARMOREDCARS
23
Green symbol on Rotten Tomatoes : SPLAT
27
Sliding ___ : SCALE
28
Ran off (with) : ELOPED
30
"___ Possible" (2000s animated series) : KIM
31
Give kudos to : HAIL
35
Quadrennial bonus : LEAPDAY
37
Daily in Paris : LEMONDE
39
Some pubgoers : LADS
40
Little drawing? : TUG
42
Bearer of the earth in Iroquois creation stories : TURTLE
43
Choice cut : FILET
45
Scanner feature : LASER
46
"Well, there's a surprise!" : IMAGINETHAT
51
Pulling down : MAKING
52
Paid athletes with day jobs : SEMIPROS
57
Well lit? : AFIRE
58
Aircraft with low drag : MONOPLANE
59
Not requiring much attention, say : MINOR
60
Help on wheels : AMBULANCE
61
Sibilant sobriquet for "Summertime" singer Sarah Vaughan : SASSY
62
Hit from behind : REARENDED
Down
1
Nickname in Israeli politics : BIBI
2
Milton Friedman's subj. : ECON
3
It might end in an emoji : TEXT
4
River through Bohemia : ELBE
5
Like many a documentary film : NARRATED
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[Live!] : ONAIR
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Lesson for an advanced language learner : IDIOMS
8
Component of many sandstone features in the Southwest : REDROCK
9
Hospital drama sets, in brief : ERS
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What genes do, biologically : ENCODE
11
Medicare Advantage, by another name : PARTC
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Apparatus with a harness and flippers : SCUBA
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Get to eat : ORDER
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List for a survivalist : NEEDS
20
Skateboarder's wear : HELMET
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Skateboarder's apparatus : RAIL
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Successfully convince : SELL
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"No contest," for one : PLEA
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Important calculation for a weightlifter : LOAD
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Galaxy array : APPS
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"I'm ___ myself here, but ..." : DATING
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Dance around? : HORA
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Snacks for some beetles : ANTS
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Waiting for an assignment, maybe : IDLE
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It's not a good look : LEER
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Festive season : YULE
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More than a few : MULTIPLE
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Find satisfaction, slangily : GETSOME
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Sunday best : FINERY
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Grp. of Pelicans : THENBA
46
Some prayer leaders : IMAMS
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Sicilian word that roughly translates as "swagger" : MAFIA
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Actor Claude of "B.J. and the Bear" : AKINS
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Copter cousins : GIROS
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Affaire de coeur : AMOUR
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Not just live in the present : PLAN
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£ : pound sterling :: R : ___ : RAND
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___-over : ONCE
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Pip : SEED
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58 ___ Mediterráneo : MAR

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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