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New York Times, Saturday, October 12, 2019

Author:
Andrew J. Ries
Editor:
Will Shortz
Tennis feat named for the athlete who achieved it in 2003 and 2015
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Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 73, Blocks: 36 Missing: {KQXY} This is puzzle # 21 for Mr. Ries. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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This puzzle started with the center stack, and namely the entry at 38-Across. DEGREE MILL is a fresh answer all made up of ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times10/12/19 ( No. 25,540 )
Across
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Crumbly salad ingredient : FETA
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Halves of some measurements : WIDTHS
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It might involve a DNA test : CSI
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Love of mythology? : AMOR
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Exam required before entering uni : ALEVEL
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Something good in baseball, but bad in banking : RUN
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Kind of ball for indoor play : NERF
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Usually nonremunerative undertaking : PETPROJECT
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It's named for a Norse goddess of wisdom: Abbr. : FRI
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Will figure : SON
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Supersede : REPLACE
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Funk of Funk & Wagnalls : ISAAC
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Punk cousin : EMO
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"Right on" : AMEN
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Characters in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" : COMMAS
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Batman portrayer of TV and film : ADAMWEST
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Request softener : NOPRESSURE
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Online feed letters : RSS
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A spy might send a message in one : SECRETCODE
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Unaccredited university, say : DEGREEMILL
40
Do some basic math : ADD
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Green giant : SIERRACLUB
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Sound around a cradle : DIALTONE
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"Miss ___" : SAIGON
49
Capitol Hill activity : VOTE
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1969 novel subtitled "Ardor: A Family Chronicle" : ADA
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Brandon ___, lead role in 1999's "Boys Don't Cry" : TEENA
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Northern fishers' implements : ICESAWS
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Arctic explorer John : RAE
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Skin pic : TAT
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Screen for a shooter : LENSFILTER
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Corrupt, in British slang : BENT
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Big Ten East sch. : PSU
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Genesis peak : ARARAT
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Bring down : RAZE
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Crossed : MET
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Lax in duty : REMISS
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___ Bongo, president of Gabon for 42 years : OMAR
Down
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Amateur work based on existing characters, informally : FANFIC
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Boston college : EMERSON
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Singer with the 1992 double-platinum album "Little Earthquakes" : TORIAMOS
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Sound from a toy : ARF
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Newspaper with the slogan "Democracy Dies in Darkness," in brief : WAPO
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"The L Word" creator Chaiken : ILENE
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Case worker: Abbr. : DET
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One who runs the show : TVPRODUCER
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"___, boy!" : HERE
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Not stay in the bucket : SLOP
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Joe might need this : CREAMER
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A "lousy teacher," per Bill Gates : SUCCESS
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Partner of purposes : INTENTS
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"The Hunger Games" actress, in tabloids : JLAW
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Like promethium, among all the rare earth metals : SCARCEST
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Cranked (up) : AMPED
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Down pat : MASTERED
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Italian film director Leone : SERGIO
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Kitchen drawers? : AROMAS
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Treat, in a way : MEDICATE
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Tennis feat named for the athlete who achieved it in 2003 and 2015 : SERENASLAM
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Woman's name that sounds like two letters of the alphabet : ELLIE
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Winter Olympics pair : LUGETEAM
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NyQuil alternative : ADVILPM
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Bishop's territory : DIOCESE
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Kind of bread with chopped fruit : DATENUT
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Treasure trove : BONANZA
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Minimalist's desire : LESS
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Flap one's gums : NATTER
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Quarters : AREAS
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Way off : AFAR
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Kind of transfer : WIRE
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Language ___ : ARTS
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TNT element? : TRI
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Dude : BRO

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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