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THE FOOTBALL FAN

New York Times, Sunday, February 7, 2010

"The football fan is fingering the buttons on the remote ... he pushes the ___ and the game is on!"

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 23, Columns: 23 Words: 170, Blocks: 81 Missing: {XZ} This is puzzle # 127 for Mr. Berry.
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© 2010, The New York Times2/7/10 ( No. 22,006 )
Across
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Despicable : LOW
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World capital once called Philadelphia : AMMAN
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Computer book inserts, often : CDS
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Funny fellow : CARD
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"Antiart" art : DADA
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Gold, to Goya : ORO
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1980s-'90s New York governor : CUOMO
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Actress Thompson : LEA
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Observe : OBEY
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Medical sch. topic : ANAT
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"The football fan is fingering the buttons on the remote ... he pushes the ___ and the game is on!" : FIRSTDOWN
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Halfway house : INN
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"He's prepared a ___ of popcorn for himself ..." : SUPERBOWL
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Crunch-time helper : TEMP
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"... and he's got Budweiser and Michelob on tap - excellent ___!" : DRAFTPICKS
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Form popular among the Romantics : ODE
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No. on a food label : RDA
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Bergen dummy : SNERD
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Go off course : YAW
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Thoroughly wets : STEEPS
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Perfumery bottles : VIALS
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Eastern exercise : TAICHI
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Up to, in brief : TIL
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"Now he remembers setting $10 aside for pizza - he searches his jacket and finds it ___" : INTHEPOCKET
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"But he forgot to place the order - we may be looking at a ___ here, folks" : LATECALL
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Like birds of prey : TALONED
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N.F.L.'er Manning : ELI
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Mountain West Conference team : UTES
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Nastase of tennis : ILIE
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Lost power : WANED
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A number of : SEVERAL
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Hiker? : CENTER
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Pirate treasure : PLUNDER
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"He phones the pizzeria and tells them he wants full cheese and mushroom ___" : COVERAGE
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Castaway's call : SOS
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Not up : INBED
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Green man? : NADER
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Male meower : TOM
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"The pizzeria's out of mushrooms, though, so he'll need to make a ___" : SUBSTITUTION
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Film producer Apatow : JUDD
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Veep Agnew : SPIRO
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Big holding in Risk : ASIA
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Mildness : LENITY
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Like cartoon "Melodies" : MERRIE
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Essayist Didion : JOAN
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Lacks, briefly : HASNT
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Vaulted recess : APSE
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"O.K., he's ordered the pizza - but now his wife is moving around in front of the TV, making ___!" : SCREENPASSES
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IntelliStation maker : IBM
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Pertinent, in Latin : ADREM
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1978 World Series M.V.P. Dent : BUCKY
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Bronx cocktail ingredient : GIN
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"He's looking for an opening, but she's doing a tremendous job of ___!" : BLOCKING
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Impure : ALLOYED
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Soft-soap : CAJOLE
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"A Shot in the Dark" star, 1964 : SELLERS
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Muddled situation : SNAFU
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Fashion's Wang : VERA
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Sufficient, once : ENOW
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Battery size : AAA
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Wheeled table : TEACART
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"Now he's spotted the pizza delivery boy, who's through the gate and crossing the ___!" : YARDLINE
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"The pizza is $9.75 ... he hands the $10 off to the boy and waits for the ___" : QUARTERBACK
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Wee bit : TAD
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Novel ending : EPILOG
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Amphetamine, slangily : UPPER
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Heroic poet of Gaelic legend : OSSIAN
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Ceiling : LID
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Masked warrior : NINJA
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Org. that accredits law schools : ABA
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Suffix with special : IST
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"Now he's got the pizza - but the TV's showing nothing but snow! He quickly gives it an ___ ..." : ONSIDEKICK
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Periods of time : ERAS
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"... and it works - the ___ is good!" : RECEPTION
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Corn site : TOE
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"His posterior goes all the way back into the easy chair - ___!" : TOUCHDOWN
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"It Had to Be You" lyricist : KAHN
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Sister of Charles : ANNE
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Actor Vigoda : ABE
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'52 campaign name : ADLAI
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Gettysburg general : LEE
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Keep in : STET
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Even : TIED
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Bloodshot : RED
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Unintentional poker table signals : TELLS
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P.M. or pres. : LDR
Down
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Tosses high : LOFTS
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Show the ropes : ORIENTATE
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Ratty : WORMEATEN
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Play a part : ACT
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Newsman Roger : MUDD
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Shrubby wasteland : MOOR
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Direct-sales giant : AMWAY
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Light, say : NONFAT
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Movie snippet : CLIP
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Leary of TV's "Rescue Me" : DENIS
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Permissible : SANCTIONED
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Spoiled : COSSETED
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"Aladdin" monkey : ABU
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Lie peacefully : REPOSE
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Gone platinum? : DYED
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Lotion amount : DAB
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Inuit jacket : ANORAK
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Waste time : DAWDLE
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After much delay : ATLAST
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Most agile : SPRIEST
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They're drawn in western scenes : REVOLVERS
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Nettlesome person : TWIT
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Easy-Bake Oven introducer : KENNER
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700, once : DCC
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High degree : PHD
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Slicker, in a way : ICIER
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Pomade : HAIROIL
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Scarcely : ILL
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Brand name acquired by Toro : LAWNBOY
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Vexation : PEEVE
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French director Besson : LUC
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Crater's edge : LIP
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Carrying a lot : LADEN
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Snobbishness : ELITISM
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Laying down the lawn : SODDING
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Sine and cosine : RATIOS
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Old public squares : AGORAE
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They may be on the verge of a breakdown : LEMONS
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Id follower : EST
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Make one : UNITE
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Core military group : CADRE
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Bear's partner in investing : STEARNS
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Frequent partner of Fonteyn : NUREYEV
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Colonial "masters" : SAHIBS
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Aidful : USABLE
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"Pepto" go-with : BISMOL
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Francisco, e.g. : SAN
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Remove a fastener from : UNPEG
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Spasmodic : JERKY
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Some loungewear : PJS
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"'Tis" memoirist : MCCOURT
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Fruit peel : EPICARP
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Vacation : TAKEATRIP
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Kind of drug : SULFA
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Ivanovic of tennis : ANA
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Another name for the Furies : DIRAE
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Quilty of "Lolita" : CLARE
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Motrin rival : ANACIN
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Old Ottoman title : DEY
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One way to serve eel : JELLIED
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Bialy, e.g. : ONIONROLL
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Having a big mouth? : LONGJAWED
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She that is shorn : EWE
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Battle-scarred : SEASONED
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Arctic explorer John : RAE
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Cable inits. : TBS
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Fireside recitation : TALE
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Ruckus : DIN
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Up and down : QUARKS
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Optimistic : UPBEAT
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Iraq War helicopter : APACHE
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Salad pasta : ROTINI
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Harsh decree : DIKTAT
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Daughter of Tantalus : NIOBE
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Part of L.E.D. : DIODE
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Actor Ed : ASNER
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"Now!" : STAT
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Exploit : DEED
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Get the best of : CULL
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Food energy unit: Abbr. : KCAL
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Talking tree of Middle-earth : ENT
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Letterless phone button : ONE
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Greetings : HIS

Answer summary: 15 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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