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New York Times, Wednesday, January 20, 1999

Author:
Fred Piscop
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Fred Piscop

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 41 Missing: {FW} This is puzzle # 52 for Mr. Piscop. NYT links: Across Lite
Jeff Chen notes:

This one stumped Jim and me for a few minutes, until we figured out the TINKER to EVERS to CHANCE baseball trifecta:

These are the saddest of possible words:
"Tinker to Evers to Chance."
Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,
Tinker and Evers and Chance.
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,
Making a Giant hit into a double —
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
"Tinker to Evers to Chance."

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© 1999, The New York TimesNo. 0120 ( 17,970 )

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Across
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"Lydia" poet : CATO
5
Beethoven dedicatee : ELISE
10
Dugout, for one : BOAT
14
"Jake's Thing" author : AMIS
15
"O come, ___..." : ALLYE
16
Prefix with skeleton : ENDO
17
Fairy who loved Peter : TINKERBELL
19
"Show Girl" tune : LIZA
20
At home, but available : ONCALL
21
Popped in on : VISITED
23
___ Dame : NOTRE
24
Individually : APIECE
26
Noted name in civil rights : MEDGAREVERS
31
Modern ink source : SOY
34
It's served in spots : TEA
35
Not o'er : NEATH
36
Galoot : APE
37
One of the Brady Bunch : JAN
38
Deposit : PUT
40
Galilee, e.g. : SEA
41
Horse of the Year, 1960-64 : KELSO
43
___ Percé : NEZ
44
Abbr. for F. Lee Bailey : ESQ
45
Risk-taker's declaration : ILLCHANCEIT
49
Like some tennis courts : INDOOR
50
Footnote abbr. : OPCIT
55
Goes postal : LOSESIT
58
What "I love" in a 1915 Irving Berlin song : APIANO
59
Stratford's stream : AVON
60
Hint to this puzzle's theme : DOUBLEPLAY
63
Like some plating : ZINC
64
Photographer Adams : ANSEL
65
60's talk show host Joe : PYNE
66
Beat by a nose : EDGE
67
Broken-down : SEEDY
68
Pink-slipped : AXED
Down
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"___ a Hot Tin Roof" : CATON
2
Acid type : AMINO
3
Color slightly : TINCT
4
Schindler of "Schindler's List" : OSKAR
5
Suffolk, for one, in Shakespeare : EARL
6
Legal deg. : LLB
7
___ Royale, N.S. : ILE
8
Popular Nicole Hollander comic : SYLVIA
9
More slippery : EELIER
10
Trust in : BELIEVE
11
"Don't bet ___!" : ONIT
12
Wood trimmer : ADZE
13
Sticky-tongued critter : TOAD
18
Kind of sch. : ELEM
22
Hound's trail : SCENT
24
Mideast port : ADEN
25
Links letters : PGA
27
LAX guesstimate : ETA
28
The life of Riley : EASE
29
A.A.A. suggestions : RTES
30
Hoops nickname : SHAQ
31
Literary pseudonym : SAKI
32
European car : OPEL
33
"Gimme a C!" etc. : YELL
37
Long ___ : JOHNS
38
Use a keyhole, perhaps : PEER
39
Dangerous gun : UZI
42
Knowledge : SCIENCE
43
Certain G.I. : NCO
46
Gymwear name : ADIDAS
47
Zero : NOTONE
48
Hit the bottle : TOPE
51
"___ Passes" (Browning poem) : PIPPA
52
Flower part : CALYX
53
Lacking substance : INANE
54
Fiddled : TOYED
55
Loaf : LAZE
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"Tristia" poet : OVID
57
Dance's partner : SONG
58
Compatriot : ALLY
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Bring into play : USE
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Convertible, after conversion : BED

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

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