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New York Times, Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Start of the baseball season ... or what the start of each starred clue is?

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 41 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 62 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Compare and contrast today's puzzle with yesterday's. They both have seven themers along with a revealer, and both needed heavy ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times3/26/19 ( No. 25,340 )

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*Like carols and cantatas : SUNG
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Breathing room : SPACE
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Put a limit on : CAP
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Mayberry moppet of 1960s TV : OPIE
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Tissue layers : PLIES
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"What ___ we here?" : HAVE
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*Grand Prix locale : MONTECARLO
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Country west of Afghanistan : IRAN
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Ambient music pioneer Brian : ENO
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Used a doorbell : RANG
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Scarecrow's desire in "The Wizard of Oz" : BRAIN
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Canadian gas brand : ESSO
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*"You're beautiful," in Paris : TUESBELLE
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Words of commitment : IDO
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Seasickness, e.g. : NAUSEA
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Moon ___ (apt anagram of ASTRONOMER) : STARER
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Tax ID : SSN
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Stat for cleanup hitters : RBI
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*"Yay for us!" : WEDIDIT
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*Uma of "Kill Bill" : THURMAN
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"Groovy!" : FAB
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Where Slovakia and Slovenia are: Abbr. : EUR
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Herbs with licorice-flavored seeds : ANISES
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Rustic shelter : LEANTO
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One of the Kennedys : TED
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*Friend of Robin Hood : FRIARTUCK
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Bulletproof garment : VEST
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Many, casually : LOTSA
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Toy in windy weather : KITE
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Original N.Y.C. subway line : IRT
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Move like mud : OOZE
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Start of the baseball season ... or what the start of each starred clue is? : OPENINGDAY
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Lines on a road map: Abbr. : RTES
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Cappuccino cousin : LATTE
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Fraction of a bushel : PECK
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Half-___ (do in a perfunctory way) : ASS
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Gave medicine : DOSED
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*Fill to excess : SATE
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A handful of : SOME
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Slightly ahead : UPONE
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Spanish boys : NINOS
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Figure out : GET
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Pet lover's org. : SPCA
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Nursery buy : PLANT
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Pellet projectors : AIRGUNS
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Cartoon collectible : CEL
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That: Sp. : ESO
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Sources of urban noise pollution : CARALARMS
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Be useful to : AVAIL
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Tubular pasta : PENNE
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Newcomer at the office : HIREE
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Like beaches during storms : ERODED
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Small pellets : BBS
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Voice of the Apple Watch : SIRI
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Dawn's direction : EAST
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Beach headwear : SUNHAT
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Point in the right direction : ORIENT
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Inits. in some personals, once : SWF
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Brewed drink : TEA
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Intense promotional campaigns : ADBLITZES
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Sweetheart, in modern slang : BAE
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___ and outs : INS
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"The Nutcracker" skirt : TUTU
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Lopsided : UNEVEN
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Theme park feature : RIDE
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Houston N.B.A. team : ROCKETS
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Makes more bearable : EASES
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Coaching great Parseghian : ARA
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Trees and shrubs : FLORA
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Alex Haley epic : ROOTS
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Kunta of 51-Down : KINTE
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Half of a 45 : SIDEA
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Stretch of land : TRACT
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Headed for overtime : TIED
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Little squirt : TYKE
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Like Mother Hubbard : OLD
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Kung ___ chicken : PAO
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Chatty travel companion : GPS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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