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DOUBLE-CROSSED

New York Times, Sunday, January 17, 2021

Author:
Tracy Gray and Tom Pepper
Editor:
Will Shortz
Tennis star who won at least one Grand Slam title for a record 13 straight years
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Tracy Gray
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Tom Pepper

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 76 This is puzzle # 31 for Ms. Gray. This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Pepper. Sunday freshness: 68%
Will Shortz notes:
Tracy Gray lives in Sparks, Md., near Baltimore, where she and her husband own and operate a lawn-and-landscaping business. Tom Pepper lives in Eden Prairie, Minn., next door to Edina, of ... read more
Constructor notes:
TRACY: Tom and I teamed up last July to try to breathe life into a double-double-crossing idea I had set aside. A RegEx string helped us find theme entries, but how would solvers know to ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I appreciate puzzles that solve better on paper than computer. With apologies to Mother Earth, there's something neat about a tip of the hat to good old paper. Without the slashes ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times1/17/21 ( No. 26,003 )
Across
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Getting warm, so to speak : CLOSE
6
It was established by a 1926 royal charter : BBC
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Ulan ___, Mongolia : BATOR
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Be against : ABUT
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Send, as payment : REMIT
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#1 of 50, alphabetically: Abbr. : ALA
20
Former basketball star Gilbert ... or the places he played : ARENAS
22
Garb in a duck blind, informally : CAMO
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Way into a garage, typically : OVERHEADDOOR
25
California wine region : SONOMA
26
Road trip guessing game : ISPY
27
Freak (out) : WIG
28
Tennis star who won at least one Grand Slam title for a record 13 straight years : EVERT
29
Initialism that can include an "h" for "humble" : IMO
30
Old-timey "OMG!" : EGADS
32
GPS guess : ETA
33
Variables in (pi)r^2 and 2(pi)r : RADII
34
Nickelodeon competitor : CARTOONNETWORK
38
Bagless vacuum maker : DYSON
40
Savvy couple? : VEES
42
___ the Kid, nickname for N.H.L. star Crosby : SID
43
Party game similar to Catch Phrase : TABOO
44
Grows increasingly more irksome : FESTERS
47
Starbucks sizes smaller than grandes : TALLS
49
Dove bar, e.g. : SOAP
50
Given as a bequest : LEFTTO
52
Suffix with mega- or multi- : PLEX
54
Ones making strong impressions? : ETCHERS
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"Je t'___" (words from a beau) : AIME
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Prince Andrew's younger daughter : EUGENIE
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On the main : ASEA
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Prominent women's rights lawyer : GLORIAALLRED
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Member of an Iraqi minority : KURD
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Obscure knowledge : ARCANA
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Violent, maybe : RATEDR
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Certain laundry detergent capsule : TIDEPOD
73
Causing constriction of the pupils : MIOTIC
74
Nailed the test : ACEDIT
75
007's alma mater : ETON
76
Visual phenomenon created by short flashes of light : STROBEEFFECT
78
Linguist Chomsky : NOAM
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Dense fog, metaphorically : PEASOUP
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When repeated, a Hawaiian fish : MAHI
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Major utility pipeline : GASMAIN
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Whimper : MEWL
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It has its pros and cons : DEBATE
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Part of P.R. : RICO
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Far from wild : STAID
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Pesto ingredient : PINENUT
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For one purpose only : ADHOC
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Org. that takes many forms : IRS
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Five-star : AONE
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Quark-antiquark combo : MESON
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Some entertainers at children's birthday parties : BALLOONARTISTS
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Europe's longest river : VOLGA
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Trouble : WOE
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O icon : OPRAH
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Western Hemisphere grp. : OAS
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Legendary firefighter Red : ADAIR
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Curler's surface : ICE
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Kind of palm cultivated for its fruit : ACAI
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Prove wrong : REFUTE
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Awards show that airs at night, ironically : DAYTIMEEMMYS
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Part of une éclipse : LUNE
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Submits an online return : EFILES
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Brown. ender : EDU
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" : DITTO
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What's more, it's said : LESS
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Down stream? : TEARS
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Easy target : SAP
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Buddy of "The Beverly Hillbillies" : EBSEN
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Sang one's own praises : CROWED
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Humor regarding a serious matter : LEVITY
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"w"-like letters : OMEGAS
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Anthony Hopkins, for one : SIR
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Wi-Fi alternative : ETHERNET
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Complained about getting fleeced? : BAAED
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Subject of a Sleeves Up campaign : BLOODDRIVE
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French luxury jeweler : CARTIER
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ABCs : BASICS
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Lead-in to therapy : AROMA
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Jazz instrument pitched in the key of B flat : TENORSAX
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Peace activist Yoko : ONO
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Classic dorm room meal : RAMENNOODLES
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Fading process for jeans : ACIDWASH
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Deep-toned cousin of an English horn : BASSOBOE
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One whose calling is making calls? : UMP
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American Kennel Club designation : TOY
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Stuffing herb : SAGE
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Green on the screen : EVA
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QB's passing stat: Abbr. : ATT
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Up to : TIL
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Din from a den : ROAR
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Keystone ___ : KOPS
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Put forward : OFFERED
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TV channel that owns the website The Undefeated : ESPN
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Beer in a green bottle : STELLAARTOIS
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Part of a college visit, typically : TOUR
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Prepare to swing, say : TEEUP
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Unseal furtively, as an envelope : STEAMOPEN
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Floral fragrance note : LILAC
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Behave theatrically : EMOTE
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Restored to mint condition : LIKENEW
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Lesser Antilles native : CARIB
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City that's home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites : AGRA
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"Go ___!" (coach's encouragement) : GETEM
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Computer menu with Undo and Redo : EDIT
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Expand upon : ADDTO
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Tony winner Menzel : IDINA
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Antarctica's ___ Ice Shelf : ROSS
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Nestlé creamer : COFFEEMATE
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Bothered persistently : ATEAT
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Not for mass audiences : NICHE
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When the Battle of Yorktown occurs in "Hamilton" : ACTI
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Took steroids, say : DOPED
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Like loud phone conversations in public : RUDE
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Designed to deter stealing : ANTITHEFT
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T-Bonz dog treat brand : ALPO
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Word before bag or bar : GRAB
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Musical with the opening number "Every Story Is a Love Story" : AIDA
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Sallie Mae products : SCHOOLLOANS
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Marshmallow-filled snacks : MOONPIES
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University of Montana city : MISSOULA
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Hitchhike : BUMARIDE
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Shapiro of NPR : ARI
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Emulates the Mongols : INVADES
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Old genre for 12-Down : NEODADA
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Z4 or Q50 : CAR
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Judge : ASSESS
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Pool competitions : SWIMMEETS
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Immature egg cell : OOCYTE
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Star of the "Taken" trilogy : NEESON
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Like snow leopards and Siberian tigers : RARE
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What tots might go after? : TATER
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Easy two points : LAYUP
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"Scram!" : GIT
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___-American : ALL
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Tool for pool : CUE
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Old-timey cry of disgust : FIE
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Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones film series, for short : MIB

Answer summary:
9 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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