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New York Times, Thursday, November 14, 2019

Big clay court event ... or a hint to the answers to 17-, 26-, 40- and 52-Across

Author:
Alex Eaton-Salners
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JVXZ} This is puzzle # 30 for Mr. Eaton-Salners. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Alex Eaton-Salners notes:
My originally submitted grid used the revealer FRENCH OPENS and had ETE VACATION, AMI REQUEST, OUI VOTE, and EAU BALLOON as the theme ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Alex has such innovative ideas. I'd have never thought of interpreting FRENCH OPEN as "translate first words of phrases into French." ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times11/14/19 ( No. 25,573 )
Across
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Tiny nuisance : GNAT
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"The ___ Witch Project" : BLAIR
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Complimentary robe providers : SPAS
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Olympic sport discontinued after 1936 : POLO
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Greet respectfully : BOWTO
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"Aladdin" character named after a literary villain : IAGO
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Invitation to connect on social media : AMIREQUEST
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Steffi on the court : GRAF
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War vet's affliction, for short : PTSD
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"So true, huh?" : ISNTIT
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Musician's better half? : SIDEA
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Sport requiring a tow : EAUSKIING
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Unlike Bryn Mawr College : COED
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Potentially offensive : UNPC
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Roadside establishment : INN
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Not yet delivered : UNBORN
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Bad-mouth : SLAM
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___ year : GAP
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Conniption : FIT
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Short-term employer of counselors : ETECAMP
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The person in question? : WHO
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Network monitoring agcy. : FCC
44
First name in fragrances : COCO
45
Nocturnal lemur native to Madagascar : AYEAYE
47
Fuel economy org. : EPA
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Reviews, collectively: Abbr. : CRIT
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Caustic compounds : LYES
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"By all means!" : OUIINDEED
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Grammy winner Elliott : MISSY
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Words said in a rush : IMLATE
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Manipulative sort : USER
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Reclined : LAIN
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Big clay court event ... or a hint to the answers to 17-, 26-, 40- and 52-Across : FRENCHOPEN
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"Let me think ... hmm, I don't think so" : UMNO
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Anthem alternative : AETNA
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Flag : TIRE
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Muppet trio the Oinker Sisters, e.g. : PIGS
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Host of Fox's "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" : TYSON
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Range output : HEAT
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0.0 - 4.0 : GPA
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Recognition for an actor, informally : NOM
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"Aladdin" alter ego : ALI
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Destroyer destroyer : TORPEDO
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Backyard gatherings, for short : BBQS
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Turn up, as the volume : LOUDEN
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Astonishment : AWE
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"___ a date!" : ITS
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Indian flatbreads : ROTIS
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Register : SIGNIN
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Splitting up : PARTINGWAYS
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Delighted toddler's demand : AGAIN
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Introduction to geometry? : SOFTG
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LAX listing : ETA
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Revealing, in a way : SKIMPY
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Shoe blemish : SCUFF
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Column style : IONIC
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Certain legislative limit : DEBTCEILING
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Fig. that might earn you some credits : APSCORE
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11-time N.C.A.A. basketball champs : UCLA
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"Woe ___ them ..." : UNTO
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Take back : RECANT
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Latin 101 word : AMAT
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"I remember now" : AHYES
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Frost bit? : POESY
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Behold, to Brutus : ECCE
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Film director with a co-starring role in "Inglourious Basterds" : ELIROTH
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Key holders : PIANOS
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Verbal shrug : IDUNNO
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Prepare for a bodybuilding competition : OILUP
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Taste that's not sweet, sour, bitter or salty : UMAMI
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Trim, as a T-bone : DEFAT
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Uninspired : MEH
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Use a QR code for, say : SCAN
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Marina del ___, Calif. : REY
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Down-to-earth types, in brief? : ETS
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Epitome of easiness : PIE
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Long stretch : ERA
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Take home : NET

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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