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New York Times, Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Buck ___, first African-American coach in Major League Baseball

Author:
John Guzzetta and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeff Chen

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQ} This is puzzle # 33 for Mr. Guzzetta. This is puzzle # 118 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2020, The New York Times11/25/20 ( No. 25,950 )
Across
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University of New Mexico mascot : LOBO
5
Jocular sort : WAG
8
"Uncle!" : IGIVE
13
___ Drago ("Rocky IV" villain) : IVAN
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Sardonic : WRY
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Polar ___ (weather phenomenon) : VORTEX
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Prince, e.g. : MALEHEIR
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Publicly ordain : ANOINT
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___ Kemper, player of TV's Kimmy Schmidt : ELLIE
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Choice on "Let's Make a Deal" : DOOR
22
Latch ___ : ONTO
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Extravagant but superficial display : GLITZ
25
Stamp on an envelope [and 16-Across flipped] : AIRMAIL
27
HBO alternative : SHO
29
Prefix with thermal : GEO
30
Parts of accordions : KEYS
31
It takes a glider up to launch altitude : TOWPLANE
34
Southwest city on the Salt River : TEMPE
37
It's parallel to a radius : ULNA
38
Jumbled : MESSY
40
Every's partner : EACH
42
Indian state along the Himalayas : ASSAM
44
Basic kind of shoe [and 31-Across flipped] : PLAINTOE
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Arboretum specimen : TREE
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Condition often causing repetitive behavior, in brief : OCD
49
Holiday ___ : INN
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Golf reservation : TEETIME
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Helpful : UTILE
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Villain defeated by Puss in Boots : OGRE
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Voting group : BLOC
58
Sounds heard here and there in a nursery rhyme : OINKS
61
Halloween hue : ORANGE
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Herbal drink full of antioxidants [and 50-Across flipped] : THYMETEA
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Inferior : LESSER
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Turner who launched CNN : TED
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Whole passel : SLEW
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Bethlehem ___ (old company) : STEEL
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Some E.R. cases : ODS
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Loretta with the #1 country hit "Coal Miner's Daughter" : LYNN
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Shade of green : LIME
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Like the head of a tennis racket : OVAL
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Concerns for Cinderella and her stepsisters : BALLGOWNS
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Buck ___, first African-American coach in Major League Baseball : ONEIL
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TV's ___ Raw : WWE
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Desert, e.g. : ARIDZONE
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It's a wrap : GYRO
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Naturally occurring example of "opposites attract"? : ION
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Group at a wedding : GROOMSMEN
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1986 celebrity autobiography : ITINA
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20-ounce Starbucks order : VENTI
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Sing the praises of : EXTOL
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Juggling or ventriloquism : VARIETYACT
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Actress Katherine of "27 Dresses" : HEIGL
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Acorn producer : OAK
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Part of a squad : TEAMMEMBER
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Traditional ingredient in a manhattan : RYE
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Disco ___ ("The Simpsons" character) : STU
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Greeting south of the border : HOLA
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Signed, sealed or delivered : PASTTENSE
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Cousin of intuition : ESP
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One way to wait : PATIENTLY
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H.S. class : ECON
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Wasn't upright, say : SLOUCHED
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One in a coop : HEN
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Cable news anchor Melber : ARI
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"Fall in love" or "fall to pieces" : IDIOM
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Coral reef dweller : EEL
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Hammers and sickles : TOOLS
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Wading bird : EGRET
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Wipe, as a hard drive : ERASE
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Eldest von Trapp daughter in "The Sound of Music" : LIESL
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German chancellor ___ von Bismarck : OTTO
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Sharp : KEEN
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Like cut logs : SAWN
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Hairstyling stuff : GEL
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N.F.L. stat: Abbr. : YDS

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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