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New York Times, Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Batter's reward after pitches like those described at the starts of 17-, 24-, 39- and 51-Across

Author:
Gary Cee
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXYZ} This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Cee. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Gary Cee notes:
The original idea was TAKE YOUR BASE as the revealer, clued as "What a batter hears after hearing the starts of ..." But 12 letters ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Gary hit my sweet spot today, throwing his fastball waist-high and straight down the middle, serving me up one to smash over the left ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times4/15/14 ( No. 23,534 )

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Across
1
Filled with freight : LADEN
6
Freeway haulers : SEMIS
11
Kilmer of "Heat" : VAL
14
Together : ASONE
15
Take in exchange : TRADE
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Dingo's avian prey : EMU
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Grounds for impeachment : HIGHTREASON
19
Wheel part : RIM
20
Music of Mumbai : RAGA
21
___ clef : BASS
22
Sidestep : DODGE
24
TV show anchored by Bill O'Reilly from 1989 to 1995 : INSIDEEDITION
27
Concise summary : PRECIS
29
Termite look-alike : ANT
30
"Dry clean only," e.g. : LABEL
31
In the hub of : AMID
34
Fail to note : OMIT
38
Gannett's ___ Today : USA
39
Underhanded attack : LOWBLOW
42
Jungle swinger : APE
43
Wise one : SAGE
45
Mountaineer's goal : PEAK
46
Palomino or pinto : HORSE
48
Grabbed a bite : ATE
50
___ of interest : PERSON
51
Hundred-to-one odds, say : OUTSIDECHANCE
57
Was inquisitive : PRIED
58
Dawdling : SLOW
59
Old record player : HIFI
62
Be bedridden : AIL
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Batter's reward after pitches like those described at the starts of 17-, 24-, 39- and 51-Across : BASEONBALLS
66
"Cool!," in surfer slang : RAD
67
___ gas : INERT
68
Cashmere alternative : ORLON
69
Word ignored in alphabetizing : THE
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Aquaria : TANKS
71
Having a sure hand : ADEPT
Down
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Cowardly Lion portrayer Bert : LAHR
2
Where Kyrgyzstan is : ASIA
3
Holder of tomorrow's lunch, maybe : DOGGIEBAG
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Improve : ENHANCE
5
Circus safeguard : NET
6
Position : STEAD
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Take out : ERASE
8
En ___ (as a whole) : MASSE
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Wedding words : IDO
10
Submit, as a résumé : SENDIN
11
"Rigoletto" composer : VERDI
12
Pal in Peru : AMIGO
13
Unit of light : LUMEN
18
Hank Aaron's 2,297 : RBIS
23
Filmmaker Preminger : OTTO
25
Place for a window box : SILL
26
Middle part of a pedestal : DADO
27
In addition to : PLUS
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Tabula ___ : RASA
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Reverential regard : AWE
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Deg. held by Mitt Romney : MBA
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Type : ILK
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"The Count of Monte Cristo" setting : MARSEILLE
36
___ facto : IPSO
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Archie, Betty or Veronica : TEEN
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___ page : OPED
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"___ pigs fly!" : WHEN
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Lack of difficulty : EASE
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Orange source : ORCHARD
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Morsel : TIDBIT
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One of 16 in a chess set : PAWN
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Eye-catching works : OPART
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___ Heep : URIAH
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"Mañana" feature : TILDE
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W.W. II bomb site : ESSEN
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Grocery worker : CLERK
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Sounds like an owl : HOOTS
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Turkey : FLOP
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"___ it rich?" : ISNT
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Repeated request from an Alabama cheerleader : ANA
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Slithering predator : BOA

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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