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New York Times, Wednesday, September 30, 2020

14-Across : Band follower

Author:
Erik Agard and Andy Kravis
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andy Kravis

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 77, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVX} This is puzzle # 66 for Mr. Agard. This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. Kravis.
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© 2020, The New York Times9/30/20 ( No. 25,894 )
Across
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"You've got THAT right!" : ILLSAY
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Distort : SKEW
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Chess whizzes, for short : GMS
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Band follower : GROUPIE
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Prefix with legal or military : PARA
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"Intriguing!" : OOH
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They're the opposite of consummate professionals : RANKAMATEURS
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Cable's ___TV : TRU
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Ire : ANGER
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Berry often blended and served in a bowl : ACAI
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Worst poker pair : TWOS
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It might have a lattice crust : PIE
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Disgustingly wealthy : STINKINGRICH
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Quarterbacks, e.g. : PASSERS
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Hurried look : GLANCE
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Opposite of pro- : ANTI
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Mont Blanc's range : ALPS
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Some buns : UPDOS
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Wonderfully high number of years to have lived : RIPEOLDAGE
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Kind of ring-shaped cake : BUNDT
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Gives a new color : DYES
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Makes a sharp turn : ZIGS
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Patriotic chant : USAUSA
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Something spotted on a safari : CHEETAH
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Arm-flapping dance of the early 1970s : FUNKYCHICKEN
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Mrs., in Mexico : SRA
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Liberate : FREE
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"And there you have it!" : TADA
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Religion in which suras are recited : ISLAM
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Right on the money : APT
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Profanity ... or what 17-, 24-, 36- and 52-Across start with? : FOULLANGUAGE
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Call from a chair umpire : LET
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Hathaway of "Ocean's 8" : ANNE
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Not widespread, as a film release : LIMITED
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Work of Horace : ODE
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Mosquito guards : NETS
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What "radio wave," "foregone" and "main event" all hide : STATES
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From Qom, e.g. : IRANIAN
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Like "Cleopatra," among all Best Picture nominees : LONGEST
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___ Bryan, "American Idol" judge : LUKE
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Few and far between : SPARSE
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Gamer's asset, maybe : AIM
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Congressional approval : YEA
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Bit of dust : SPECK
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Neighbor of Oahu : KAUAI
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Making the wrong choice : ERRING
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"What had happened ___ ..." : WAS
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Learned (of) : GOTWIND
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Country whose flag is solid red with an emerald pentagram : MOROCCO
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Chides into silence : SHUSHES
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Italian brandy : GRAPPA
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Color of peanuts : TAN
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High bar? : TRAPEZE
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Lint collector : TRAP
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Dot of land : ISLE
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Water cooler noise : GLUG
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Stevie Wonder's tribute to Ellington : SIRDUKE
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Pack of whales : POD
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Foxlike : SLY
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Teeny : ITSY
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Punch out : DECK
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He was named 1992's Sportsman of the Year, despite retiring from tennis 12 years earlier : ASHE
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Sacred creature to many Native Plains people : BUFFALO
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Unrightfully seized : USURPED
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Hit 2018 Netflix stand-up special for Hannah Gadsby : NANETTE
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"Wow, look at the time! I should really be going" : ITSLATE
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Auto-tune sites? : GARAGES
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Embarrassed : SHAMED
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Start of a play : ACTONE
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Puzzle : ENIGMA
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Frequent hangout spot : HAUNT
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Loafs : IDLES
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Berkeley school, for short : CAL
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Job for a lawyer ... or outfit for a lawyer : SUIT
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Enthusiast : FAN
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Ice Bucket Challenge cause, for short : ALS
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Trivial objection : NIT

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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