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This puzzle appeared on Sunday, March 24, 2013 in syndication. The original New York Times publication date is shown below.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
ANY PUN FOR TENNIS?
by J. R. Leopold
Sun 3/17/2013ANY PUN FOR TENNIS?
NOTATALLLENOREFRANZ
APOLOGIAOPENERROLLE
NETWORKINGEVENTABLER
CREAKERNIEPOETEERO
EASYJADENSAWTORY
SLOBSSPINDOCTORS
MSSEELSHEAROPTSOUT
COURTJESTERSDOSOPDA
RUBATOLUXMMIMOSEY
ISINNOIDEAAMIDOL
BACKHANDEDCOMPLIMENTS
LESSENUNMAKERARE
HOSEARTECASSAUCER
TREVOUSFAULTFINDING
MERGERSCREESARTODE
LOVEHANDLESPLAIT
ETONAIMCURSEIPAD
SRTATORNDEFOESPIRE
OUIJARETURNOFTHEJEDI
SIMONEMOTESITERATES
ONEBCMENAGETOLERANT
© 2013, The New York Times
1.Polite response to "Thank you" : NOTATALL
9.Classic verse that begins "Ah, broken is the golden bowl!" : LENORE
15.Kafka or Liszt : FRANZ
20.Written justification : APOLOGIA
21.Part of a doubleheader : OPENER
22.Esther of "Good Times" : ROLLE
23.Tennis clinic focusing on drop shot skills? : NETWORKINGEVENT
25.More competent : ABLER
26.Haunted house sound : CREAK
27."It's a Wonderful Life" cabdriver : ERNIE
28.Meter reader? : POET
30.Architect Saarinen : EERO
31."Don't get all worked up!" : EASY
32.Young actor Smith : JADEN
33.Cutter : SAW
34.Churchill, e.g. : TORY
36.Pigs : SLOBS
38.Coaches who help you use your wrist in shots? : SPINDOCTORS
42.Ed.'s pile : MSS
45.Spiny ___ : EEL
46.Fleece : SHEAR
48.Chooses not to participate : OPTSOUT
49.Tennis players who clown around? : COURTJESTERS
52."One can only ___ much" : DOSO
53.BlackBerry, e.g., in brief : PDA
54.Having freedom of tempo : RUBATO
55.Illumination unit : LUX
56.Year that "Shrek" and "A Beautiful Mind" came out : MMI
58.Putter (along) : MOSEY
60."The fix ___" : ISIN
61."Haven't the foggiest" : NOIDEA
64.Photo developing compound : AMIDOL
67."For a righty, you hit the ball pretty well on your left side," and others? : BACKHANDEDCOMPLIMENTS
73.Allay : LESSEN
74.Destroy : UNMAKE
75.In ___ form : RARE
76.Source of the line "They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind" : HOSEA
79.Part of R.R.: Abbr. : RTE
81."___ in cat" : CAS
82.You might set one out for a cat : SAUCER
84.Due follower : TRE
85.Part of R.S.V.P. : VOUS
88.Line judge's mission? : FAULTFINDING
91.Commercial law firm specialty : MERGERS
93.Canadian natives : CREES
94.Mastery : ART
95."Alexander's Feast," e.g. : ODE
96."Nothing" and "aught"? : LOVEHANDLES
98.Part of R.S.V.P. : PLAIT
100.Captain Hook's alma mater : ETON
101.Ready follower? : AIM
102.Bit of voodoo : CURSE
104.Tech release of 2010 : IPAD
108.Mex. miss : SRTA
110.Of two minds : TORN
112.Author of a 1719 literary sensation : DEFOE
113.Transamerica Pyramid feature : SPIRE
114.Planchette holder : OUIJA
116.Luke Skywalker's volley? : RETURNOFTHEJEDI
119.Hit single-player game of the 1980s : SIMON
120.Goes over the top, in a way : EMOTES
121.Does again : ITERATES
122.It falls between 3760 and 3761 on the Jewish calendar : ONEBC
123.Housekeeping : MENAGE
124.Broad-minded : TOLERANT
1.Vice president John ___ Garner : NANCE
2.Setting for a 1935 Marx Brothers comedy : OPERA
3.Public radio offerings : TOTES
4.Ever : ALWAYS
5.Swiped : TOOK
6.Cabinet dept. : AGR
7.Pleasant : LIKEABLE
8.Scottish landowners : LAIRDS
9.Modern kind of name : LOGIN
10.Lightish blade : EPEE
11.Home of the Shoshone Mtns. : NEV
12.It's higher than an ace : ONEPAIR
13.Celebrity : RENOWN
14.Art Deco master : ERTE
15.Monk's title : FRA
16.Barbie's last name : ROBERTS
17.Mistakenly hitting into the doubles area during a singles match? : ALLEYOOPS
18.Pirate, e.g., for short : NLER
19.One goes after it : ZERO
24.Biloxi-to-Birmingham dir. : NNE
29.Sporty car features : TTOPS
32.Middle brother in a 2000s pop trio : JOEJONAS
33.Jerk : SPASM
35.Epithet for Nadya Suleman : OCTOMOM
37.Riga resident : LETT
38.Spanish irregular verb : SER
39.Ski-___ : DOO
40.Like some awakenings : RUDE
41.Neither raise nor fold : STAY
42.Sloppy fast-food sandwich : MCRIB
43."Semper Fidelis" composer : SOUSA
44.___ Bay, former U.S. base in the Philippines : SUBIC
46.Eliza Doolittle, for one : STUDENT
47.Subjected to voodoo : HEXED
50.Vex : RANKLE
51.White Castle offerings : SLIDERS
52.Barely remembered days of old : DIMPAST
57.Zoo department : MAMMALS
59.Batting champ John : OLERUD
62.Turn-___ : ONS
63.Start to puncture? : ACU
65.Kind : ILK
66.Part of a requiem Mass : DIESIRAE
68.Anchor-hoisting cry : HEAVEHO
69.As expected : ONCUE
70."Singin' in the Rain" composer ___ Herb Brown : NACIO
71.Way things are going : TREND
72.Durable fabric : SERGE
76.Abbr. after a period : HTML
77.Crumbly snack : OREO
78.Start of a tennis game? : SERVETIME
80.Either Zimbalist : EFREM
83.Con : ANTI
86.Praying figure : ORANT
87."Top Gun" org. : USN
89.D.D.E. opponent : AES
90.Frankie Valli sang in it : FALSETTO
92.1958 hit with the line "Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip" : GETAJOB
93.Jefferson's vice president : CLINTON
97.Response to "I bet you won't" : DAREME
98.It can be gross : PROFIT
99.Container on a counter, maybe : TIPJAR
102.Perfume : CENSE
103.Mysterious blip : UFO
105.Michelangelo masterpiece : PIETA
106.Eve of old TV : ARDEN
107.One who does not believe in miracles : DEIST
108.Not bad : SOSO
109.Destroy : RUIN
111.City near Provo : OREM
112.Bit of residue : DREG
113.Dry : SERE
115.Mandela's org. : ANC
117.Three-time Tony winner Hagen : UTA
118.Daughter of Loki : HEL

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