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New York Times, Thursday, December 26, 2019

Sport that is the key to interpreting the answers to 21-, 40- and 56-Across

Author:
Trenton Charlson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Trenton Charlson

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Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 79, Blocks: 42 Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Charlson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Trenton Charlson notes:
The theme of this puzzle bears more than a passing resemblance to that of my Battleship puzzle from approximately two years ago, although the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
My dad wasn't around a lot when I was a kid. When it was (rarely) just the two of us, he'd sometimes ask if I wanted to go bowling. I liked ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times12/26/19 ( No. 25,615 )
Across
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Bind : JAM
4
It's not much work : ERG
7
Short : SHY
10
Average name : DOW
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Talk show medium : AMRADIO
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Quite an accomplishment : COUP
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Señora Perón : EVA
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Secret headquarters for Bruce Wayne : BATCAVE
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Not be oneself? : ROLEPLAY
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"I've heard everything I need to hear" : SPAREMETHEDETAILS
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Relative of a haddock : COD
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Moon of Saturn named for a Titaness : RHEA
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Instant : SEC
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Black-and-white predators : ORCAS
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Martin ___, "London Fields" novelist : AMIS
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Comic strip title character who is Beetle Bailey's sister : LOIS
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Winter D.C. setting : EST
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Quite an accomplishment : FEAT
38
Do some underground exploring : SPELUNK
40
Find an ideal compromise : STRIKETHERIGHTBALANCE
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Transitional zone between two biomes : ECOTONE
44
Early Cuzco resident : INCA
45
Pull : TUG
46
End notes : CODA
47
Highland tongue : ERSE
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Aunt ___ of "Oklahoma!" : ELLER
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Estadio exclamation : OLE
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Pie hole : TRAP
55
Places where people may have the knives out for you, in brief : ORS
56
Classic tune often played by ice cream trucks : TURKEYINTHESTRAW
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Adjust : REJIGGER
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Sport that is the key to interpreting the answers to 21-, 40- and 56-Across : BOWLING
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Consist of : ARE
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Get to : RILE
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Temporarily inactive : ABEYANT
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"That really hurt!" : YOW
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Waitress at Mel's Diner : FLO
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Magic 8 Ball response : YES
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Prefix with -phyte : NEO
Down
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Snarky remark : JAB
2
Residents' org. : AMA
3
Muscleman with a mohawk : MRT
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Eponymous Dutch town : EDAM
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Subject of several Georges Seurat paintings : RIVERSEINE
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Doth proceed : GOETH
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Horror movie staple : SCREAM
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Part of a parka : HOOD
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Winter season : YULE
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Place for cold cuts : DELICOUNTER
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Like skating rinks, typically : OVAL
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Manners : WAYS
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Rock group from Sydney : AC/DC
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Vets' charges : PETS
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Dish seasoned with saffron : PAELLA
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Uncultivated tract : HEATH
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Bulk-purchase retailer : COSTCO
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One who closely adheres to the Torah : ORTHODOXJEW
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Picked locks? : AFRO
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Some library catalog info, for short : ISBN
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Magellan, e.g. : SPACEPROBE
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Runs up, as expenses : INCURS
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Surfboard stabilizer : SKEG
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Higher-up : EXEC
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Golden ___ : AGER
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Carrier that offers only kosher meals : ELAL
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Bibliographer's phrase of inclusion : ETALII
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Levels : TIERS
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Something no single speaker provides : STEREO
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Menial : LOWLY
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Certain B.S. holder: Abbr. : ENGR
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Cornered : ATBAY
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Letter in the NATO alphabet : XRAY
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Prefix with -phyte : XERO
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"What a long week!" : TGIF
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"___ is other people": Sartre : HELL
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Commands respect from : AWES
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Swimming gold medalist Thorpe : IAN
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Columbus-to-Cleveland dir. : NNE
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Old Pontiac with a V8 engine : GTO

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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