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New York Times, Sunday, April 14, 2002

Author:
David J. Kahn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David J. Kahn

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 77 Missing: {KQZ} This is puzzle # 84 for Mr. Kahn. NYT links: Across Lite
Notepad: This puzzle has a complete set of related key words - occupying appropriate places in the grid - to be discovered.
Jim Horne notes:

Baseball positions are in their appropriate locations.

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© 2002, The New York TimesNo. 0414 ( 19,150 )
Across
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Green stuff : MOOLA
6
Special times : ERAS
10
Summer music : DISCO
15
Chant syllables : OMS
18
Capital of the Asturias kingdom of early Spain : OVIEDO
20
Prefix with phobia : XENO
21
Lend ___ : ANEAR
22
Fresh, as recruits : RAW
23
007 portrayer : DALTON
24
Magazine opening? : CENTERFOLD
26
"You ___" (Lionel Richie hit) : ARE
27
To you, to Yves : ATOI
28
Popped up : AROSE
30
Pull strings? : STRUM
31
Handle: Lat. : ANSA
32
Didn't bother : LEFTALONE
34
Reassuring words : ITSALLRIGHT
36
Jacques of song : BREL
37
Prefix with sphere : ECO
38
Echo producer, maybe : YODEL
39
Spring, summer and fall : BASEBALLSEASON
46
Scot who invented a vacuum bottle : DEWAR
48
Eastern tie? : OBI
49
"The Confessions of Nat Turner" writer : STYRON
50
___ caddy : TEA
52
Like Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 : INE
53
Curtails : CUTSSHORT
56
Fast sweepers : SECONDHANDS
61
Puzzled : ATSEA
62
It may be snapped in a kitchen : PEAPOD
64
Ordinary in the extreme : TRITEST
65
Day-___ : GLO
67
Nautical heading : SSE
68
"___ Believer" : IMA
71
Sorority letter : ETA
72
Culpable : ATFAULT
76
Speaker booster : PREAMP
79
Sea predators : ORCAS
83
Grilling : THIRDDEGREE
86
Precipitately : HEADFIRST
88
Summer wear : TEE
89
Get : NAB
90
Unflappable : SERENE
92
"I get it!" : AHA
93
"Sunflowers" setting : ARLES
96
Order for a thirsty group : PITCHEROFWATER
100
"Frasier" dog : EDDIE
102
Perennial Olympics powerhouse: Abbr. : RUS
103
Lindstrom and Zadora : PIAS
104
Very important : MAJORLEAGUE
108
Much weekend TV fare : BALLGAMES
113
Don Drysdale book "Once ___, Always a Dodger" : ABUM
114
Some Surrealist art : MIROS
115
"Later" : SEEYA
116
Sitarist Shankar : RAVI
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Like some 1960's fashion : MOD
118
One who might get a little chow : DOGCATCHER
120
They may be wild : DEUCES
122
Fan : BUG
123
Unsavory one : CREEP
124
Oldies player : HIFI
125
Comedy's Cleghorne and others : ELLENS
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Put away : ATE
127
Cape ___ Islands : VERDE
128
___ dixit (allegation) : IPSE
129
Chaotic : MESSY
Down
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Relating to form : MODAL
2
Like bluebell leaves : OVATE
3
___ vitriol (sulfuric acid) : OILOF
4
1970 #1 album : LETITBE
5
Busy activity : ADO
6
Record holder? : EXCON
7
Peewee who wasn't so small : REESE
8
Archer of note : ANNE
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Lush : SOT
10
Bar game : DARTS
11
Prefix with structural : INFRA
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1988 Olympics site : SEOUL
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In a 90-Across way : CALMLY
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California's Fort ___ Dunes : ORD
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Fermented beverage used as an aperitif : ORANGEWINE
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Where bulrushes grow : MARSHLANDS
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Worry, informally : SWEAT
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Tethered : ONALEASH
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These, to Tomás : ESTOS
29
Fancy desk : ROLLTOP
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Governmental appointee : AIDE
33
Wall St. type : ARB
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Response to a naysayer : ICANSO
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Curtain holder : ROD
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Job ad inits. : EEO
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City down the coast from West Palm : BOCA
40
Adjoin : ABUT
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Isn't put to use : SITS
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Old strings : LYRES
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Taco belles?: Abbr. : SRTAS
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Like some stocks: Abbr. : OTC
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___-con : NEO
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Recess : REST
51
Hill climber, of sorts : ANT
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Stogie : SEGAR
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"To your health!" : SALUD
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Falco of "The Sopranos" : EDIE
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Rap's Dr. ___ : DRE
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___ the party : HITOF
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Early name in home computers : ATARI
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Pet form of José : PEPE
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Prehistoric : OLD
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Big name in Olympics skiing : MAHRE
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Arab leader : AMEER
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Lead-in for boy or girl : ATTA
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Roughly that : THEREABOUT
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Football official : FIELDJUDGE
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Time for "Taps" : TEN
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"Baywatch" event : RESCUE
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Complete array : PANOPLY
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Suffix with Dixie : CRAT
81
Courtly Arthur : ASHE
82
Pentagram : STAR
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Hiatus : GAP
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Stat for Jeff Bagwell : RBI
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Fortified position offering protection from enemy fire : DEFILADE
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Doubting comments : EHS
94
Old land south of the Dead Sea : EDOM
95
Paul McCartney, for one : SIR
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Source of income for some : TRUST
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Jokester : WAG
99
Mostly : ASARULE
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Novelist Leonard : ELMORE
104
African biter : MAMBA
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Trevanian novel "The ___ Sanction" : EIGER
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Like some tennis shots : ARCED
107
Lose it : GOAPE
108
Squawks : BEEFS
109
High spot : AERIE
110
Office staffs? : MACES
111
Balances (out) : EVENS
112
Namby-pamby : SISSY
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Half Moon, e.g. : SHIP
118
Seventh-century date : DCV
119
McBride of "Boston Public" : CHI
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American ___ : ELM

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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