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New York Times, Saturday, February 9, 2019

Team with the longest active World Series drought (as of 2018)

Author:
Ryan McCarty
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. McCarty. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2019, The New York Times2/9/19 ( No. 25,295 )
Across
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Hospital attachment : IDBRACELET
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Get in the last word? : EDIT
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Novel opinion? : BOOKREVIEW
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Small square : NINE
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Servant to Queen Amidala : ARTOODETOO
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Bit of baby babbling : DADA
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Its PAC is the Political Victory Fund : NRA
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Some couples : MEN
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Gossipy schoolmate on "The Facts of Life" : TOOTIE
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"Ish" : KINDA
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"You're killin' me!" : CMON
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"The Entertainer," for one : RAG
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Lid bump : STYE
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Taking a stab at? : BAYONETING
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Six-pack : SCULPTEDABS
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It takes the cake : DESSERTCASE
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Some preparations for the Olympics : TORCHRELAYS
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"That guy's pathetic!" : WHATALOSER
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Statue in Piccadilly Circus : EROS
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Former publishing nickname : HEF
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Off : LESS
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Fiercely criticize : BLAST
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How plots are measured : INAREA
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Leave in a hurry : FLY
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Carrier seen in "The Aviator" : TWA
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Orange ball : FIVE
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Top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival : GOLDENBEAR
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Sheet : FLOE
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Bit in some Japanese soup : UDONNOODLE
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Manor occupant of yore : SERF
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Best Play and Best Moment : ESPYAWARDS
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Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, casually : IBANKS
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Dickens's "Little ___" : DORRIT
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Field of flowers : BOTANY
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Fox rival, once : RKO
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Something picked up at a coffee shop : AROMA
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Give way : CEDE
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Flush : EVEN
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Hammered : LIT
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Abbr. in a job posting : EEO
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Popular 1950s vehicle making a comeback in the 2010s : TWOTONECAR
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Prefix with spore or sperm : ENDO
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Polemic : DIATRIBE
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Team with the longest active World Series drought (as of 2018) : INDIANS
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Chinese snack with marblelike patterns on the outside : TEAEGG
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Sometime : ONEDAY
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Much of Chile : DESERT
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Tree pictured in van Gogh's "The Starry Night" : CYPRESS
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Patchy pattern : MOTTLE
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Amateurish : BUSHLEAGUE
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Competitors of Grand Ams : ALEROS
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Part of a cornstalk : TASSEL
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Beginner's piano exercise : CSCALE
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Help out : DOAFAVOR
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Setting for an Agatha Christie mystery : THENILE
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Swings and misses : WHIFFS
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Adult, say : RATEDR
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Lucky Rabbit's name in early Disney films : OSWALD
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Can hardly believe what one sees, say : STARES
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To this point : BYNOW
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Sound barrier? : REEF
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Big Apple's "bravest," briefly : FDNY
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Actress Headey of "Game of Thrones" : LENA
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Has too much, for short : ODS
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___-eared : LOP
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Stole from a drag show? : BOA

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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