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New York Times, Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Community sports facility ... or a hint to the answers to the five starred clues

Author:
Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Byron Walden

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQVXZ} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 100 for Mr. Walden. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Byron Walden notes:
If there were prop bets on crossword puzzles, I wonder what the odds would have been that my 100th puzzle in the Times would have been ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I appreciate Byron's efforts to add extra layers to make his "hidden words" puzzle stand out. (Will Shortz said earlier this year he's ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

When I got PRESSURE COOKERS down the middle, and then SOFTWARE COMPANY at 17 Across, I thought the theme was going to be "things that are examples of pressure cookers." :)

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© 2020, The New York Times12/1/20 ( No. 25,956 )
Across
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Timbuktu's country : MALI
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Things baseball uniforms and toy pistols have : CAPS
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Foe in "Jack and the Beanstalk" : GIANT
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"Sign me up!" : IMIN
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Put on the payroll : HIRE
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Put a stop to : EMBAR
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*Many a Silicon Valley business : SOFTWARECOMPANY
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Televangelist Joel : OSTEEN
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Automotive brand with an oval logo : STP
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Some HDTVs : RCAS
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Africa's most populous city (21+ million) : LAGOS
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Biased against seniors : AGEIST
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Doctors making deliveries, in brief : OBS
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California ___ (state flag words) : REPUBLIC
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Sweet's counterpart : SOUR
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Hatcher of "Desperate Housewives" : TERI
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Dandy : NIFTY
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*Devastating event in a real estate bust : HOMEFORECLOSURE
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Automotive brand with an oval logo : AMOCO
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South American palm cultivated for its fruit : ACAI
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Flair : ELAN
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Royal spouses : CONSORTS
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Records in jackets, in brief : LPS
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Actress Anderson : PAMELA
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Passing remarks? : OBITS
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Tennis score favoring the server : ADIN
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Toll hwy. : TPK
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Classic 1980s space warfare video game : GALAGA
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*Question suggesting "That just about sums things up" : WHATMORECANISAY
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Eminent : NOTED
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Sportscaster Andrews : ERIN
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Tony-winning musical based on Fellini's "8 1/2" : NINE
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Battle reminders : SCARS
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"Hey, over here!" : PSST
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Elements in a comic's repertoire : GAGS
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Sushi restaurant soup : MISO
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"Famous" cookie maker : AMOS
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Elevator, in England : LIFT
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Info from a spy : INTEL
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Replace with : CHANGETO
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Tire need : AIR
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*Highly stressful situations, metaphorically : PRESSURECOOKERS
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Quakers, for one : SECT
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"Columbia, the ___ of the Ocean" : GEM
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*Like a guesstimate, by nature : IMPRECISE
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Counters with beads : ABACI
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Grannies : NANAS
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Meeting at a no-tell motel, say : TRYST
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Potential tire trouble : WEAR
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October birthstone : OPAL
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"The Bartered Bride" and "The Marriage of Figaro" : OPERAS
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Heisman winner Torretta : GINO
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Workplace-inspecting org. : OSHA
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Bust's counterpart : BOOM
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Wrestler in a mawashi : SUMO
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Tummy soother : BICARB
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Community sports facility ... or a hint to the answers to the five starred clues : RECCENTER
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Like the Rose Bowl, with 92,542 spectators : FULL
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Mouth, slangily : TRAP
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Desires : YENS
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April 1 target : FOOL
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Person in a lawsuit : LITIGANT
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Alliance formed in April 1949 : NATO
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Ollie's partner in old comedy : STAN
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Half the pieces in a chess set : PAWNS
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Formed for a particular purpose : ADHOC
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Sporty Mazda model : MIATA
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Singapore ___ : SLING
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Get ready : PREP
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Singapore setting : ASIA
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Squad : GANG
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Supporting votes : AYES
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Some essential workers, for short : MDS
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Prefix with gender : CIS

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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