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New York Times, Monday, April 2, 2012

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQVZ} This is puzzle # 58 for Ms. Lempel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jim Horne notes:

I like to think of this PLAY BALL theme as describing an inside-the-park home run. Following the ends of the theme answers in order, the batter starts with a SWING, and manages to HIT the ball. Then he starts to RUN. Finally he executes a successful SLIDE which must be into home plate because his team chalks up a SCORE.

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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 0402 ( 22,791 )
Across
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In different places : APART
6
Girls with coming-out parties : DEBS
10
Bro's counterpart : SIS
13
Meddles : PRIES
14
Jai ___ : ALAI
15
Walk with a hitch : LIMP
16
Relaxing spot on a veranda : PORCHSWING
18
World's fair, e.g. : EXPO
19
Band of secret agents : SPYRING
20
Make a difference : MATTER
22
Web site ID : URL
23
Huge success at the box office : SMASHHIT
25
Braid : PLAIT
28
Twosome : DUO
29
Cribbage marker : PEG
30
Fluffy stuff caught in the dryer : LINT
31
Tiny hollow cylinder : TUBULE
33
Stick up : ROB
36
Late singer Winehouse : AMY
37
Virginia site of two Civil War battles : BULLRUN
38
Attorneys' org. : ABA
39
N.B.A.'s 7'6" ___ Ming : YAO
40
Eyeing amorously : OGLING
41
Person on a pedestal : IDOL
42
Set down : LAY
44
Ambulance letters : EMS
45
Prepare to propose, perhaps : KNEEL
46
Hillside threat after a heavy rain : MUDSLIDE
49
Prefix with day or night : MID
50
Song that people stand to sing : ANTHEM
51
Lopsided victory : EASYWIN
55
Tennis's Nastase : ILIE
56
Sheet music for Van Cliburn, say : PIANOSCORE
59
Makes less bright : DIMS
60
Title for Byron or Baltimore : LORD
61
A- and C+ : MARKS
62
Sault ___ Marie : STE
63
Laughs over some unsophisticated humor : YUKS
64
German Surrealist Max : ERNST
Down
1
Downloads for tablets : APPS
2
Stagehand's responsibility : PROP
3
Well-ventilated : AIRY
4
Army enlistee : RECRUIT
5
Jeans topper : TSHIRT
6
Deputy ___ (toon) : DAWG
7
Manning who has won multiple Super Bowl M.V.P. awards : ELI
8
Prohibit : BAN
9
Greek "S" : SIGMA
10
Traditional start of middle school : SIXTHGRADE
11
Architect for the Louvre pyramid : IMPEI
12
Athlete's pursuit : SPORT
15
River through Hades : LETHE
17
Irreverent weekend show, briefly : SNL
21
Colorado ski town : ASPEN
23
Glorious : SUBLIME
24
Grieves for : MOURNS
25
With 35-Down, much-anticipated cry every April : PLAY
26
Peru's capital : LIMA
27
"Whenever you feel like it" : ANYOLDTIME
28
Made less sharp : DULLED
31
Yank : TUG
32
Schlep : LUG
34
Bassoon relative : OBOE
35
See 25-Down : BALL
37
2009 British singing sensation Susan : BOYLE
41
Big series name in auto racing : INDYCAR
43
Smokers' residue : ASHES
45
Instruction to Kate in a Cole Porter musical : KISSME
46
Eight milkers in "The 12 Days of Christmas" : MAIDS
47
Pitch-dark : UNLIT
48
Suggest : IMPLY
49
China's Long March leader : MAO
51
Extremities : ENDS
52
Showing signs of use : WORN
53
Annoys : IRKS
54
It might be out on a limb : NEST
57
Acknowledgment of debt, in brief : IOU
58
State north of La. : ARK

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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