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New York Times, Sunday, October 16, 2022

Author:
Paolo Pasco
Editor:
Will Shortz
*Baseball pitching style … or a weapon
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 139, Blocks: 78 Missing: {JX} Grid has mirror symmetry. Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Pasco.
Paolo Pasco notes:
I can rarely track how a theme idea evolved into a full-blown theme, but here's the relevant section of my Notes app. Not pictured was the draft I tried with TOGETHER AT LAST in the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I love the concept, pairs of entries coming together in the middle of a third. US VS THEM + EROOMIMED (DEMI MOORE backward) = THEME ROOM is a neat finding. With themers that appear short ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times10/16/22 ( No. 26,640 )
Across
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"Te quiero ___" (Spanish words of endearment) : MUCHO
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___ axis, half of an ellipse's shorter diameter : SEMIMINOR
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See-worthy? : PAPAL
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Volume on an iPad, say : EBOOK
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Singer of "Fame" fame : IRENECARA
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"___: Game Over" (2014 video game documentary) : ATARI
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Grown-up efts : NEWTS
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Old-fashioned letter opener : DEARMADAM
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Turn into confetti : SHRED
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12/25, e.g. : RATIO
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___ Lewis, singer of the 2007 #1 hit "Bleeding Love" : LEONA
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Tennis star Naomi, who was born in 29-Across : OSAKA
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"I'm gonna tell you something huge" : BIGNEWS
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Mossy growths : LICHENS
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River with a "White" counterpart : BLUENILE
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Lil ___ Howery ("Get Out" actor) : REL
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Stuffs into a hole, say : RAMSDOWN
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F-, for one : ION
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Ritual with bamboo utensils : TEACEREMONY
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God, in Italy : DIO
49
Repeated word in an "Animal House" chant : TOGA
51
Pastry with the same shape as an Argentine medialuna : CROISSANT
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Attorney general before Garland : BARR
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Online promotions, collectively : EMARKETING
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What businesses go by : TRADENAMES
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Cut down : LESSEN
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"Eureka!" : IGOTIT
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Word with easy or stop : STREET
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Provide change in quarters? : REHOUSE
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Long, tragic stories : ILIADS
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Up to this point : THUSFAR
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Best Supporting Actress nominee for "The Power of the Dog," 2021 : DUNST
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Letter opener, pencil cup, inbox tray, etc. : DESKSET
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Phanerozoic ___ (what we live in) : EON
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Classroom aides, for short : TAS
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British term of address : GUV
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Currency for the prize on "Squid Game" : WON
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Reddit Q&A session, in brief : AMA
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Most unpleasantly old and mildewy : MUSTIEST
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Letters before Constitution or Enterprise : USS
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Popular subcompact hatchback from Japan : HONDAFIT
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Rock commonly used in asphalt : SANDSTONE
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Part of a hotel with décor fitting a certain motif : THEMEROOM
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Video game series with settings in Liberty City and San Andreas, for short : GTA
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Gobsmack : AWE
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Scottish interjection : AYE
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"Everything Everywhere ___ at Once" (Michelle Yeoh movie) : ALL
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R&B artist whose name sounds like a pronoun : HER
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Eats : HAS
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Travis of country music : TRITT
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One of 2,297 for Hank Aaron, for short : RBI
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Annoyance for a Twitch streamer : LAG
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Figure with equal angles : ISOGON
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Sunday ___ (end-of-week anxiety, casually) : SCARIES
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Country whose flag depicts a machete : ANGOLA
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With 121-Across, company that sells scuba gear : AQUA
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Certain furniture store purchases : OTTOMANSETS
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Missing : AWOL
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See 116-Across : LUNG
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"Be My Baby" group, 1963 : THERONETTES
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Bygone Microsoft media player : ZUNE
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The lights in fairy lights : LEDS
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Some travel considerations, in brief : ETDS
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Tarnish : SOIL
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Donkey Kong and others : APES
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Bachelors, e.g. : MEN
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___ Eats : UBER
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Ninja Turtle's catchphrase : COWABUNGA
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One who's super-good-looking : HOTTIE
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Affirmative gesture : OKSIGN
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*Baseball pitching style … or a weapon : SIDEARM
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Afore : ERE
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Dining hall offerings : MEALS
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About, on a 10-Down : INRE
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See 9-Down : MEMO
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Volunteer's words : ICAN
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Tennis's "King of Clay" : NADAL
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Hour, in Italy : ORA
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*Big name in hotels : RAMADA
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Access providers : PASSES
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Within reach : ATHAND
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Actress who played "Jessica" in "Parasite" : PARKSODAM
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No-go ___ : AREA
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Something to pry or twist off : LID
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Volunteer's words : ONIT
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[Gasp!] : OHMY
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Chooses : ELECTS
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More run-down : WEARIER
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Period in ancient history : IRONAGE
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Like a defeatist's attitude : CANTDO
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*Indentation on a chew toy : BITEMARK
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Textile-making device : LOOM
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*Light again : REIGNITE
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"I mean …" sounds : ERS
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*Whom Holmes tells "You do find it very hard to tackle the facts" : LESTRADE
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Telegram : WIRE
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*Many a Viking : NORSEMAN
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Pulled a fast one on : CONNED
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College near Vassar : MARIST
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Where van Gogh and Gauguin briefly lived together : ARLES
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Dyeing method using wax : BATIK
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Chief ___ (rapper with a rhyming name) : KEEF
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Where feudal workers worked : ESTATES
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French equivalent of "Stephen" : ETIENNE
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___ van der Poel, Olympic speed skater : NILS
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Academic acronym : STEM
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*Grand : THOUSAND
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Hits shore unintentionally : RUNSAGROUND
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*Early French Protestants : HUGUENOTS
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Burden : ONUS
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*Basic rivalry : USVSTHEM
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"Continuing where we left off last time …" : ASAFOLLOWUP
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*"G.I. Jane" star, 1997 : DEMIMOORE
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Field goal avg., e.g. : STAT
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Believers in Jah, informally : RASTAS
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Fatalistic sort, in slang : DOOMER
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Place in an overhead bin : STOW
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No ___! (punnily named dairy-free chocolate brand) : WHEY
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Explosive stuff : TNT
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U.S. ID? : IDAHO
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Bad place to pour grease : DRAIN
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"Have ___ make my email stop" (Destiny's Child lyric) : AOL
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Cable in the middle of a tennis court : NETCORD
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Would really rather not : HATESTO
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"What's up, everyone!" : HIALL
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-ish : ESQUE
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*"Encore!" : ANOTHERONE
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Fidel ___, 1990s Philippine leader : RAMOS
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Tehran's home : IRAN
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Fork prongs : TINES
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*Actress Angela : BASSETT
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How to play solitaire : ALONE
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They have high ratings on the Beaufort scale : GALES
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Jokester's arsenal : GAGS
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"Leave it," on paper : STET
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Alien-seeking org. : SETI
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Strip near Tel Aviv : GAZA
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Beverage at un café : THE
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Business card abbr. : TEL

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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