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ANY PUN FOR TENNIS?

New York Times, Sunday, March 17, 2013

Author:
J. R. Leopold
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 64 Missing: {Q} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Leopold. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 0317 ( 23,140 )
Across
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Polite response to "Thank you" : NOTATALL
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Classic verse that begins "Ah, broken is the golden bowl!" : LENORE
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Kafka or Liszt : FRANZ
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Written justification : APOLOGIA
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Part of a doubleheader : OPENER
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Esther of "Good Times" : ROLLE
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Tennis clinic focusing on drop shot skills? : NETWORKINGEVENT
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More competent : ABLER
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Haunted house sound : CREAK
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"It's a Wonderful Life" cabdriver : ERNIE
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Meter reader? : POET
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Architect Saarinen : EERO
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"Don't get all worked up!" : EASY
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Young actor Smith : JADEN
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Cutter : SAW
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Churchill, e.g. : TORY
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Pigs : SLOBS
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Coaches who help you use your wrist in shots? : SPINDOCTORS
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Ed.'s pile : MSS
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Spiny ___ : EEL
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Fleece : SHEAR
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Chooses not to participate : OPTSOUT
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Tennis players who clown around? : COURTJESTERS
52
"One can only ___ much" : DOSO
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BlackBerry, e.g., in brief : PDA
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Having freedom of tempo : RUBATO
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Illumination unit : LUX
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Year that "Shrek" and "A Beautiful Mind" came out : MMI
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Putter (along) : MOSEY
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"The fix ___" : ISIN
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"Haven't the foggiest" : NOIDEA
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Photo developing compound : AMIDOL
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"For a righty, you hit the ball pretty well on your left side," and others? : BACKHANDEDCOMPLIMENTS
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Allay : LESSEN
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Destroy : UNMAKE
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In ___ form : RARE
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Source of the line "They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind" : HOSEA
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Part of R.R.: Abbr. : RTE
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"___ in cat" : CAS
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You might set one out for a cat : SAUCER
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Due follower : TRE
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Part of R.S.V.P. : VOUS
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Line judge's mission? : FAULTFINDING
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Commercial law firm specialty : MERGERS
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Canadian natives : CREES
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Mastery : ART
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"Alexander's Feast," e.g. : ODE
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"Nothing" and "aught"? : LOVEHANDLES
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Part of R.S.V.P. : PLAIT
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Captain Hook's alma mater : ETON
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Ready follower? : AIM
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Bit of voodoo : CURSE
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Tech release of 2010 : IPAD
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Mex. miss : SRTA
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Of two minds : TORN
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Author of a 1719 literary sensation : DEFOE
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Transamerica Pyramid feature : SPIRE
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Planchette holder : OUIJA
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Luke Skywalker's volley? : RETURNOFTHEJEDI
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Hit single-player game of the 1980s : SIMON
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Goes over the top, in a way : EMOTES
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Does again : ITERATES
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It falls between 3760 and 3761 on the Jewish calendar : ONEBC
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Housekeeping : MENAGE
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Broad-minded : TOLERANT
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Vice president John ___ Garner : NANCE
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Setting for a 1935 Marx Brothers comedy : OPERA
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Public radio offerings : TOTES
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Ever : ALWAYS
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Swiped : TOOK
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Cabinet dept. : AGR
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Pleasant : LIKEABLE
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Scottish landowners : LAIRDS
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Modern kind of name : LOGIN
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Lightish blade : EPEE
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Home of the Shoshone Mtns. : NEV
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It's higher than an ace : ONEPAIR
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Celebrity : RENOWN
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Art Deco master : ERTE
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Monk's title : FRA
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Barbie's last name : ROBERTS
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Mistakenly hitting into the doubles area during a singles match? : ALLEYOOPS
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Pirate, e.g., for short : NLER
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One goes after it : ZERO
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Biloxi-to-Birmingham dir. : NNE
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Sporty car features : TTOPS
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Middle brother in a 2000s pop trio : JOEJONAS
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Jerk : SPASM
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Epithet for Nadya Suleman : OCTOMOM
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Riga resident : LETT
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Spanish irregular verb : SER
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Ski-___ : DOO
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Like some awakenings : RUDE
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Neither raise nor fold : STAY
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Sloppy fast-food sandwich : MCRIB
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"Semper Fidelis" composer : SOUSA
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___ Bay, former U.S. base in the Philippines : SUBIC
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Eliza Doolittle, for one : STUDENT
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Subjected to voodoo : HEXED
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Vex : RANKLE
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White Castle offerings : SLIDERS
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Barely remembered days of old : DIMPAST
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Zoo department : MAMMALS
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Batting champ John : OLERUD
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Turn-___ : ONS
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Start to puncture? : ACU
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Kind : ILK
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Part of a requiem Mass : DIESIRAE
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Anchor-hoisting cry : HEAVEHO
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As expected : ONCUE
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"Singin' in the Rain" composer ___ Herb Brown : NACIO
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Way things are going : TREND
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Durable fabric : SERGE
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Abbr. after a period : HTML
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Crumbly snack : OREO
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Start of a tennis game? : SERVETIME
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Either Zimbalist : EFREM
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Con : ANTI
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Praying figure : ORANT
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"Top Gun" org. : USN
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D.D.E. opponent : AES
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Frankie Valli sang in it : FALSETTO
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1958 hit with the line "Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip" : GETAJOB
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Jefferson's vice president : CLINTON
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Response to "I bet you won't" : DAREME
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It can be gross : PROFIT
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Container on a counter, maybe : TIPJAR
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Perfume : CENSE
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Mysterious blip : UFO
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Michelangelo masterpiece : PIETA
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Eve of old TV : ARDEN
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One who does not believe in miracles : DEIST
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Not bad : SOSO
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Destroy : RUIN
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City near Provo : OREM
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Bit of residue : DREG
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Dry : SERE
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Mandela's org. : ANC
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Three-time Tony winner Hagen : UTA
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Daughter of Loki : HEL

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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