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New York Times, Saturday, October 3, 2015

49-Across : Baleful affair?

Author:
Barry C. Silk
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Barry C. Silk

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 32 Missing: {VZ} This is puzzle # 89 for Mr. Silk.
Barry C. Silk notes:
For years I have posed the following puzzle to fellow baseball fans: can you explain how a QUADRUPLE PLAY can occur and why the fourth ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Interesting layout. As I solved, I thought there weren't very many long slots, but it turns out there are quite a few — just more ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Yes, a baseball QUADRUPLE PLAY is at least theoretically possible according to the rules. A fourth out can be called to cancel a ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times10/3/15 ( No. 24,070 )
Across
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1960-62 home of Lee Harvey Oswald : MINSK
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Place for a link : CUFF
10
Craft for amphibious operations, for short : LSTS
14
Shadow, e.g. : SPYON
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Sooner in history? : OKIE
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In a row : ATIT
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"He listens well who takes notes" writer : DANTE
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A-1 : FRONTPAGE
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Word after better or behave : ONESELF
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Signature attire for Archie : SWEATER
23
Wail producer : SAX
24
Honey bunch? : BEES
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Like an outboard motor : ASTERN
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Propriety : DECENCY
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Sch. with a campus in Panama City : FSU
30
Hypothetical situation : SCENARIO
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Infamous trial site : SALEM
34
Super-rare feat in baseball lore : QUADRUPLEPLAY
36
Gathers : CULLS
37
Cause of a bad-smelling refrigerator : SPOILAGE
38
Coat part : HEM
39
1968 hit by the Dells whose title precedes "the time," "the place," "the girl" and "the face" : THEREIS
40
Prohibition enforcer : RAIDER
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Goose : TWIT
44
Metro line: Abbr. : RTE
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"Aha!" : IKNEWIT
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Baleful affair? : HOEDOWN
51
It's not very funny anymore : STALEJOKE
53
What "check" could mean : NOBET
54
The "him" in the 1939 film line "I won't let you take him!" : TOTO
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Insurance company based in Pennsylvania : ERIE
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Oil or ink additive : DRIER
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Cry for silence and attention : OYES
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Color akin to cyan : TEAL
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Like the Sahara : SANDY
Down
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It ran on many clones : MSDOS
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Close-Up competitor, once : IPANA
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A Verizon forerunner : NYNEX
4
They often get smashed : SOTS
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Lower-body exercise : KNEEBENDS
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Morning buzz, maybe : COFFEERUSH
7
2014 revolution site: Abbr. : UKR
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Verizon service : FIOS
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1912 and 2013 World Series setting : FENWAY
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Wash against : LAPAT
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Capitol display : STATEFLAG
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Semiprecious pendant option : TIGERSEYE
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Chest protector : STERNUM
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Some offensive N.F.L. players, briefly : TES
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Old alternative to a Rabbit : LECAR
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Scrap : SNIPPET
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Pass out on game night? : DEAL
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Shades are placed around it : COLORWHEEL
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Diversion for a baby or a puppy : SQUEAKTOY
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Wind up : CULMINATE
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Trichoptilosis, familiarly : SPLITENDS
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Bad-news lead-in : ALAS
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Letters associated with animal sounds : EIEIO
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Big name in environmental art : CHRISTO
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727, e.g. : TRIJET
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Center of the Cyclades : DELOS
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Pronoun in a rebus puzzle : EWE
44
Sidekick of 1960s TV : ROBIN
45
Coat material : TWEED
46
Password provision : ENTRY
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Barreled : TORE
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"I Married ___" (1987 ABC sitcom) : DORA
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Soul producer : KIA

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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