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New York Times, Saturday, December 12, 2009

Moniker for fictional baseballer Roy Hobbs

Author:
Karen M. Tracey
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Karen M. Tracey

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 29 Missing: {X} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 30 for Ms. Tracey. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2009, The New York Times12/12/09 ( No. 21,949 )
Across
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Stuff in a meat can : ASPIC
6
Cherished, in Cremona : CARA
10
Picks up : NABS
14
Moniker for fictional baseballer Roy Hobbs : THENATURAL
16
Tip end: Prefix : ACRO
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Minor employment need? : WORKPERMIT
18
Disturbance : STIR
19
Plaster worker : TROWEL
20
Opposite : FLIPSIDE
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Darkness personified : EREBUS
24
Hangover locales? : EAVES
25
General Motors acquisition of 1929 : OPEL
28
17th-century painter of "Lady With a Fan" : VELAZQUEZ
30
A scuttle might scoop from it : COALBIN
32
St. Anthony's cross, e.g. : TAU
33
Turn down : DIP
35
Jettisons : TOSSES
36
Linking verb : COPULA
38
Roguish : SLY
39
Apollo part : LEM
41
Literally, "little towns" : SHTETLS
42
Daily bread supplier? : STEADYJOB
45
Scandinavian area rugs : RYAS
46
Third time, say : CHARM
47
Alternative to culottes : CAPRIS
49
'84 Super Bowl celebrant : LARAIDER
51
Some are humble : ABODES
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Sch. yearbook section : ORGS
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Historical transition point : ENDOFANERA
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Rapper ___-Lo : SKEE
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Data center workhorses : MAINFRAMES
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Abbr. after an institution's name : ESTD
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Propelled : SENT
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Apply carelessly : SLOSH
Down
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Bit of elementary knowledge?: Abbr. : ATWT
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Old Manhattan restaurateur : SHOR
3
Spanish "but" : PERO
4
Quaint stationery store stock : INKWELLS
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Rémoulade bit : CAPER
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Meanie : CUR
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Big baby, maybe : ARMFUL
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Really reproaches : RAILSAT
9
Some voices : ALTI
10
Historic base for pirates of the Caribbean : NASSAU
11
Reserves are not on it : ACTIVEDUTY
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Hard-to-please wedding participant : BRIDEZILLA
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They often get dressed : SORES
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Shown : TELEVISED
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Early Connecticut tribe : PEQUOT
23
"The Waltons" son : BEN
25
Fourth qtr. starters : OCTS
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Some hustlers : POOLSHARKS
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Soft touch : EASYTARGET
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"Scrubs" Emmy nominee : ZACHBRAFF
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Guy de Maupassant novel : BELAMI
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Turn down, with "on" : PASS
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Like some decisions and demons : PERSONAL
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Agamemnon's domain : MYCENAE
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Bread, at times : SOP
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Now blank : ERASED
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Paris's ___ des Plantes : JARDIN
46
Wind up : CLOSE
48
Bridge supports : IBARS
50
House party, briefly : DEMS
52
It's usually not for sale : DEMO
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You are, in Yucatán : ERES
54
Scout uniform part : SASH
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The Albany is its longest river: Abbr. : ONT

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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