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SPORTS NUTS

New York Times, Sunday, October 24, 2021

There are 24 in a cuboctahedron

Author:
Katie Hale
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Katie Hale

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Hale. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Will Shortz notes:
Katie Hale, originally from Houston, is now a stay-at-home mom in London. She and a friend run the Reading Network, an organization that finds new homes for used children's books. A ... read more
Katie Hale notes:
I think this is the best puzzle that I've written so far. I'm a subscriber to Ade Koiki's philosophy over on Diary of a Crossword Fiend that "sports will make you smarter." I know sports ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
This is a perfect example of why people shouldn't listen to me. If Katie had approached me for feedback, I'd have replied that the general approach is fine — we've seen sports term ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times10/24/21 ( No. 26,283 )
Across
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One known as "the Alive, the Eternal" : ALLAH
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Checkout option : DEBIT
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Org. featured in 2011's "Contagion" : CDC
14
Tiff : SPAT
18
___ Rose, Catherine O'Hara's character on "Schitt's Creek" : MOIRA
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Chevron subsidiary : TEXACO
20
Language in the Tai family : LAO
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Kind of skirt : HULA
22
Your ex's new date whom you just can't stand? : OFFENSIVEREBOUND
25
Tabloid twosome : ITEM
26
Lose sleep (over) : STEW
27
Off : AMISS
28
"Su-u-ure" : IBET
29
Half of a legal warning : CEASE
30
There are 24 in a cuboctahedron : EDGES
32
Make a big stink : RAISEHELL
34
Kegels, e.g.? : FLOOREXERCISE
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Getting up there : OLDISH
42
Poet Rainer Maria ___ : RILKE
43
"___ yourself" : SUIT
44
First winner of the Nebula Award for best science fiction novel (1965) : DUNE
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It's just passing : DEE
47
Therapists' org. : APA
48
Director Craven : WES
51
First square of a crossword? : STARTINGBLOCK
55
Walking the dog, for instance : YOYOTRICK
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One might bend over backward : YOGI
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Who actually lives in Lapland, some say : SANTA
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Accord maker : HONDA
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Author of 29 Federalist Papers : MADISON
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Laugh and a half : RIOT
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Playwright who wrote "Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything" : SHAW
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"I'll be your waiter tonight," e.g.? : SERVICELINE
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Raison d'___ : ETRE
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Do a certain developer's job : CODE
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Something a mover or a movie might have : TRAILER
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Threesome : TRIAD
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The "B" in its name stands for "brush" : ORALB
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Oldest independent state in the Arab world : OMAN
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Genre for "Booksmart" and "Clueless" : TEENMOVIE
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Conspiracy theory so wild that it can't be aired? : UNPLAYABLELIE
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Trident look-alike : PSI
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___ jam : INA
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Small bird : TIT
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"I did it!" : TADA
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Southern cooking staple : OKRA
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Things you can crack without damaging them : DOORS
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Affix with a click : SNAPON
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Plan to leave at a very specific evening time? : SEVENTENSPLIT
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Orangish shade : TANGERINE
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Fill with joy : ELATE
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Stirs up : ROILS
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Doctor Zhivago : YURI
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Where subs are standard : DELIS
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Semiaquatic creature : NEWT
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Missing : AWOL
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Blackjack dealer? : DESIGNATEDHITTER
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Niche mag : ZINE
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Stick (out) : JUT
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Product that increases volume : MOUSSE
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"Moonlight" actress Janelle : MONAE
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Joie de vivre : ZEST
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One doing inside work : SPY
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Chain whose name derives from its founders, the Raffel brothers : ARBYS
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Orchard products : PEARS
Down
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Book before Obadiah : AMOS
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Converted apartment, perhaps : LOFT
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"That's ___" : LIFE
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Question after an argument has died down : AREWEOK
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Solo traveling in space : HAN
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Crafts : DEVISES
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Frequent subjects of Taylor Swift songs : EXES
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Measures, in music : BARS
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Word that can precede or follow pack : ICE
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Actor Menzies who won an Emmy for "The Crown" : TOBIAS
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Fills (in) : CLUES
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One hell of a writer? : DANTE
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One way for packages to arrive, in brief : COD
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Protect : SHIELD
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"Quiet!," rudely : PUTALIDONIT
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Lager alternatives : ALES
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Subdued : TAME
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"It takes a licking and keeps on ticking" brand : TIMEX
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Herb used in smudging rites : SAGE
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Theater award : OBIE
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Stars : CELEBS
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Approached : DREWTO
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Actress Moreno : RITA
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___ Kong : HONG
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Melee : FRAY
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Abdominal procedure, for short : LIPO
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Skin-care brand : OLAY
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Dry biscuit used as baby food : RUSK
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Op. ___ (footnote abbr.) : CIT
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Any slice of pizza, geometrically : SECTOR
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Greek goddess associated with witchcraft : HEKATE
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Archaeologist's workplace : DIGSITE
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Workers' advocate, informally : UNIONREP
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Young partner? : ERNST
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Back way, often : SIDEROAD
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Winona of "Stranger Things" : RYDER
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Work, work, work : TOIL
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Texas border city : LAREDO
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"C'est la vie" : OHWELL
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"Ay" follower : CARAMBA
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"Now We Are Six" author : MILNE
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Crush, as a test : ACE
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German denials : NEINS
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Members of a certain den : SCOUTS
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Enter without permission : HORNIN
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A wood frog's ability to freeze itself in winter and an octopus's ability to change color, for two : ADAPTATIONS
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Vaccine holder : VIAL
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In with : AMIDST
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Props for majorettes : BATONS
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Bird with an annual 18,000-mile round-trip migration : TERN
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Instrument that's a homophone of 69-Down : VIOL
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Crucifix inscription inits. : INRI
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___ New York (Brooklyn neighborhood) : EAST
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2020 Democratic also-ran : YANG
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It's nada to Nadal : LOVE
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Actor/comedian Barinholtz : IKE
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Dieted : ATELESS
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Summer shoe style : OPENTOE
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Bed of straw : PALLET
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Who's talking on the phone? : SIRI
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Personality that's hard to read : ENIGMA
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Pass over, in a way : ELIDE
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Mathematician John Forbes ___ Jr. : NASH
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Visually evaluate : EYEUP
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Out of practice : RUSTY
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Boo-oo-oo, say : RAZZ
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Boo-boo : OWIE
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Smear : DAUB
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Site for some creative entrepreneurs : ETSY
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What Vulcan's forge lay underneath, in myth : ETNA
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Sport : WEAR
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"___ chic!" : TRES
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Party people, for short? : DJS
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Repeated word in the U.S. postal creed : NOR
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Rapscallion : IMP

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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