New York Times, Monday, April 2, 2012

Author: Lynn Lempel
Editor: Will Shortz
Lynn Lempel
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQVZ} This is puzzle # 58 for Ms. Lempel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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JimH notes: I like to think of this PLAY BALL theme as describing an inside-the-park home run. Following the ends of the theme answers in order, the batter starts with a SWING, and manages to HIT the ball. Then he starts to RUN. Finally he executes a successful SLIDE which must be into home plate because his team chalks up a SCORE.
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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 22,791
Across Down
1. In different places : APART
6. Girls with coming-out parties : DEBS
10. Bro's counterpart : SIS
13. Meddles : PRIES
14. Jai ___ : ALAI
15. Walk with a hitch : LIMP
16. Relaxing spot on a veranda : PORCHSWING
18. World's fair, e.g. : EXPO
19. Band of secret agents : SPYRING
20. Make a difference : MATTER
22. Web site ID : URL
23. Huge success at the box office : SMASHHIT
25. Braid : PLAIT
28. Twosome : DUO
29. Cribbage marker : PEG
30. Fluffy stuff caught in the dryer : LINT
31. Tiny hollow cylinder : TUBULE
33. Stick up : ROB
36. Late singer Winehouse : AMY
37. Virginia site of two Civil War battles : BULLRUN
38. Attorneys' org. : ABA
39. N.B.A.'s 7'6" ___ Ming : YAO
40. Eyeing amorously : OGLING
41. Person on a pedestal : IDOL
42. Set down : LAY
44. Ambulance letters : EMS
45. Prepare to propose, perhaps : KNEEL
46. Hillside threat after a heavy rain : MUDSLIDE
49. Prefix with day or night : MID
50. Song that people stand to sing : ANTHEM
51. Lopsided victory : EASYWIN
55. Tennis's Nastase : ILIE
56. Sheet music for Van Cliburn, say : PIANOSCORE
59. Makes less bright : DIMS
60. Title for Byron or Baltimore : LORD
61. A- and C+ : MARKS
62. Sault ___ Marie : STE
63. Laughs over some unsophisticated humor : YUKS
64. German Surrealist Max : ERNST
1. Downloads for tablets : APPS
2. Stagehand's responsibility : PROP
3. Well-ventilated : AIRY
4. Army enlistee : RECRUIT
5. Jeans topper : TSHIRT
6. Deputy ___ (toon) : DAWG
7. Manning who has won multiple Super Bowl M.V.P. awards : ELI
8. Prohibit : BAN
9. Greek "S" : SIGMA
10. Traditional start of middle school : SIXTHGRADE
11. Architect for the Louvre pyramid : IMPEI
12. Athlete's pursuit : SPORT
15. River through Hades : LETHE
17. Irreverent weekend show, briefly : SNL
21. Colorado ski town : ASPEN
23. Glorious : SUBLIME
24. Grieves for : MOURNS
25. With 35-Down, much-anticipated cry every April : PLAY
26. Peru's capital : LIMA
27. "Whenever you feel like it" : ANYOLDTIME
28. Made less sharp : DULLED
31. Yank : TUG
32. Schlep : LUG
34. Bassoon relative : OBOE
35. See 25-Down : BALL
37. 2009 British singing sensation Susan : BOYLE
41. Big series name in auto racing : INDYCAR
43. Smokers' residue : ASHES
45. Instruction to Kate in a Cole Porter musical : KISSME
46. Eight milkers in "The 12 Days of Christmas" : MAIDS
47. Pitch-dark : UNLIT
48. Suggest : IMPLY
49. China's Long March leader : MAO
51. Extremities : ENDS
52. Showing signs of use : WORN
53. Annoys : IRKS
54. It might be out on a limb : NEST
57. Acknowledgment of debt, in brief : IOU
58. State north of La. : ARK

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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