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COURT JESTERS

New York Times, Sunday, February 28, 2016

Author:
Timothy Polin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Timothy Polin

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {J} This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. Polin. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Timothy Polin notes:
I played basketball in 7th and 8th grade. Coming from a small school full of Jews, it was a wonder the team didn't win a game in two years. As perhaps the shortest, least athletic Jew on ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
As a huge fantasy basketball fan, I loved this puzzle. I'm sure there will be solvers who don't care for it — I pitched this same idea to Rich Norris at the LAT a few years ago, and he ... read more
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0228 ( 24,218 )
Across
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Make less dangerous, in a way : DECLAW
7
Sleep lab study : APNEA
12
Some school edicts : BANS
16
Small invention : FIB
19
Eagle constellation : AQUILA
20
Signature Michael Jackson wear : GLOVE
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Runway model? : AIRPLANE
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Fly swatter? : BUZZERBEATER
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"It seems to me ..." : IDARESAY
26
Attack order : SIC
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Rationale : BASIS
28
Trickle : OOZE
30
"The Good Wife" figures: Abbr. : ATTS
31
Confer : POWWOW
34
Drool from both sides of the mouth? : DOUBLEDRIBBLE
38
Screams bloody murder : HOWLS
40
Brought up : BRED
41
Narrow lead in baseball : ONERUN
42
Quaker of note? : ASPEN
45
In base 8 : OCTAL
47
Sound near a spittoon : PTUI
50
Brooding music genre : EMO
51
Tip of an épée? : POINTGUARD
53
Sci-fi film with a 2010 sequel : TRON
54
Brings in : REAPS
56
Palindromic girl : ANA
57
" : DITTO
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Busted timer? : SHOTCLOCK
60
Illicit sum : RANSOM
62
Anderson of "WKRP" : LONI
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Historic siege site : ALAMO
65
Legendary siege site : TROY
66
Desi Arnaz? : BALLHANDLER
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Unsteady gait : LIMP
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Cutting edge : BLADE
76
Karaoke bar sight : MIKE
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Key of Brahms's Symphony No. 4 : EMINOR
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Winning an Oscar for "Norma Rae"? : FIELDGOAL
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One of the Gabor sisters : MAGDA
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Prompt : CUE
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Actress Thomas : MARLO
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Reclined : LAIN
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Acrophobe's term for a route through the mountains? : NOLOOKPASS
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Encouraging word : OLE
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Fire place? : HELL
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Attended : WASAT
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Soothes : EASES
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One of the Furies : ALECTO
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Asian territory in Risk : SIAM
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Round after the quarters : SEMIS
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Lament from an unlucky shrimper? : NOTHINGBUTNET
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Devotee : VOTARY
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Fallout from the 2000 election? : CHAD
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"My bad!" : OOPS
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Put off : DEFER
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Short flight : HOP
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Nougaty treats : MARSBARS
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Writing "30 and single" when it's really "50 and married," e.g.? : PERSONALFOUL
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Reduces to smithereens : ATOMIZES
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Cropped up : AROSE
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Canadian smacker : LOONIE
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Morning condensate : DEW
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Chichi : TONY
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Cantina appetizers : TAPAS
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Go through : EXPEND
Down
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Applies gingerly : DABS
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Outfit : EQUIP
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World Heritage Site in the Andes : CUZCO
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Oft-married Taylor : LIZ
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Keg contents : ALE
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Archer's battle weapon : WARBOW
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Forever : AGES
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Like lumberjack jackets : PLAID
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O.K. : NOTSOBAD
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Time for last-minute planning : EVE
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Oxygen-dependent bacterium : AEROBE
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Card table cloth : BAIZE
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Not fully independent : AIDED
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Piece corps, briefly? : NRA
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Almost dislocate : SPRAIN
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Violation of Yom Kippur? : FASTBREAK
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Batting .200, maybe : INASLUMP
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Queen ___ (pop music nickname) : BEY
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Don't bother : LETBE
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Give a tongue-lashing : BAWLOUT
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Veteran : OLDPRO
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A question of time : WHEN
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Is unacceptable : WONTDO
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Virtual address : URL
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Père d'un prince : ROI
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1961 space chimp : ENOS
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Improvise, in a way : SCAT
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Isolated : APART
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Echolocator : SONAR
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Softly : PIANO
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"Three Billy Goats Gruff" villain : TROLL
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Smash up : TOTAL
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"You win!" : UNCLE
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Stabilizer of a ship's compass : GIMBAL
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"Use your head!" : THINK
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CD-___ : ROM
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Ground beef contaminant : ECOLI
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Mobile home resident? : SNAIL
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Rio Grande city : LAREDO
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"Downton Abbey" daughter : SYBIL
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"Jeez!" : OHMAN
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Flummox : ADDLE
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De jure : LEGAL
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Showroom models : DEMOS
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Residents of 3-Down : INCAS
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Trackpad alternative : MOUSE
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Lean on : PRESS
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Astral lion : LEO
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Achieve success : MAKEIT
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Rug dealer's special? : FREETHROW
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Prepares for a Mr. Universe competition, say : OILSUP
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"___ the day!" (cry repeated in Shakespeare) : ALAS
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Settled the score : GOTEVEN
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Ghostly sound : MOAN
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Apportion : ALLOCATE
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Say "When I met the Dalai Lama last year," say : NAMEDROP
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"Qué ___?" : PASA
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Sugar : HON
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Goth-looking, in a way : WAN
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It's hard to get across : CHASM
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Morsel : TIDBIT
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1994 bomb based on an "S.N.L." character : ITSPAT
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Something to boost : MORALE
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Bridge whiz : GOREN
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Domineering : BOSSY
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Actress Thompson of "Creed" : TESSA
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River along Avignon : RHONE
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"Wanna play?" : YOUIN
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Anti bodies? : FOES
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Petitioned : PLED
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Whacked : MAD
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Kind of dye : AZO
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The Depression, for one : ERA
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Smoked deli purchase : LOX
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Popinjay : FOP

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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