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New York Times, Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Much-anticipated sporting events ... or, when spoken, what 20-, 28-, 35- and 43-Across have?

Author:
Andrew Zhou
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJQVXY} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Zhou.
Andrew Zhou notes:
Did Will Shortz and co. decide to put this deliberately on the vernal equinox? Clever bunch! I think the favorite part of this puzzle ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
So many crosswords have been built around the four seasons. A pleasant surprise to see an execution I've never encountered! I had fun ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times3/20/18 ( No. 24,969 )
Across
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Put a cork in : CLOSE
6
"___ pass" : ITLL
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Girl-watch or boy-watch : OGLE
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Leveled : RAZED
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Queens stadium that was 14-Across in 2008-09 : SHEA
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Recess in a room : NOOK
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Prized taste in ramen : UMAMI
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Rocks whose names often end in "-ite" : ORES
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Feeling sad : BLUE
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Part of a fire safety system : SPRINKLERHEAD
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Critical cluck : TSK
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Wait awhile : BIDE
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Dance place that might have a revolving ball overhead : DISCO
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Flipped : SOMERSAULTED
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Peter the Great, for one : TSAR
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Addams Family cousin : ITT
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"All bets ___ off" : ARE
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Constantinople was its capital : OTTOMANEMPIRE
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Tulsa sch. : ORU
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___ Ep (college frat) : SIG
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Op-ed writer Douthat : ROSS
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Instruments of renewable energy : WINDTURBINES
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Some Miller beers : LITES
49
Egyptian sacred bird : IBIS
50
1, along the East Coast: Abbr. : RTE
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Much-anticipated sporting events ... or, when spoken, what 20-, 28-, 35- and 43-Across have? : SEASONOPENERS
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Chicago mayor Emanuel : RAHM
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Reverse : UNDO
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Pitch-perfect? : NOHIT
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Edible succulent : ALOE
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Easily pushed around : MEEK
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Orange container : CRATE
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"Good ___ almighty!" : GAWD
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Rowers may have a row of them : OARS
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Old flame? : EMBER
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Leftover pizza part : CRUST
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Places for genies : LAMPS
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Southern Missouri's ___ Mountains : OZARK
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Game before the final : SEMI
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Pennsylvania university that's home to the Fighting Scots : EDINBORO
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Tristan's love, in legend : ISOLDE
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Loose-leaf sheet holder : THREERINGBINDER
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Creepy look : LEER
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Unit of corporal punishment : LASH
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How a suspect might be released : ONBAIL
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Elementary school honors : GOLDSTARS
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Reed with a guitar : LOU
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Barely get (by) : EKE
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Most common Korean surname (22%) : KIM
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Alternative to .com : EDU
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Largest object in the asteroid belt : CERES
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Work of Horace : ODE
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Perched (on) : SAT
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___-Foy, Que. : STE
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Deposit site, for short : ATM
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Traditional Japanese gate : TORII
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"Don't try this at home" spectacle : STUNTSHOW
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Spartans of the Big Ten Conf. : MSU
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Precious supply on a spaceship : AIR
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___ of mind : PRESENCE
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What 46-Down runs on : IOS
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Symbol of wisdom : OWL
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Judged : DEEMED
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3-1-1 liquids rule enforcer, for short : TSA
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Apple reading app : IBOOKS
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Light bite : NIP
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Help for an addict : REHAB
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Like the expressions "a dime a dozen" and "a penny for your thoughts" : TRITE
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Ending with poly- : ESTER
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Sport conducted in a dohyo : SUMO
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Prime draft category : ONEA
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Standard : NORM
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Car wash aid : RAG
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Pie ___ mode : ALA

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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