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New York Times, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Where Magic Johnson played college ball, for short

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

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {BFJQXZ} This is puzzle # 158 for Mr. Kahn. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
A sort of tribute puzzle today. Really fun to read up on the MERCURY / SEVEN which was an unfamiliar term to me. Sounds like it was ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
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© 2014, The New York Times4/23/14 ( No. 23,542 )
Across
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WALLY : SCHIRRA
8
GUS : GRISSOM
15
Whittling away : ERODING
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Like some email addresses : NOREPLY
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Blow the joint : VAMOOSE
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Volatile solvents : ACETALS
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50-50 : EVEN
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Regina's locale: Abbr. : SASK
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Burmese, for one : CAT
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Sites for kites : NESTS
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What is cast, in a saying : THEDIE
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River of Hesse : EDER
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Not just hot : TORRID
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Bub : MAC
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Improper : NOTOK
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Animal with stripes : OKAPI
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In the style of : ALA
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ALAN : SHEPARD
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Place for a baseball insignia : CAP
44
Many a classical sculpture : TORSO
46
Sandbank : SHOAL
47
Copy desk workers, e.g.: Abbr. : EDS
48
Very high trumpet note : SUPERC
50
"Splendor in the Grass" screenwriter : INGE
51
Gloomy donkey of fiction : EEYORE
53
Mark up or down, say : RETAG
58
Caller on a cell phone? : CON
60
Library refs. : OEDS
62
Keyboardist Saunders : MERL
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Stab : ATTEMPT
66
International agreement : ENTENTE
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"Luck Be a Lady" composer/lyricist : LOESSER
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"I envy Seas, ___ He rides": Emily Dickinson : WHEREON
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With 1-Down, first American astronauts : MERCURY
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DEKE : SLAYTON
Down
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See 71-Across : SEVEN
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Ardently want : CRAVE
3
They're mobile in a trailer park : HOMES
4
"___ believe it!" : IDONT
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2016 Olympics city : RIO
6
E.R. personnel : RNS
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A really long time : AGES
8
Grind : GNASH
9
NASA vehicle : ROCKET
10
Fury : IRE
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Firmed up : SET
12
Old U.S./Soviet rivalry : SPACERACE
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It's a crock : OLLA
14
Best-selling PC game of the 1990s : MYST
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Weakened due to inactivity : ATROPHIED
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Kind of perception : SENSORY
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School desk drawer? : DOODLER
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Nettle : IRK
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Play-___ : DOH
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Verb with "vous" : ETES
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___ Mini : IPAD
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Some market fluctuations : DIPS
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Gym surfaces : MATS
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Baseball family name : ALOU
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SCOTT : CARPENTER
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Unstable subatomic particle : KAON
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Tease : RAG
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Envision : SEE
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GORDON : COOPER
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Hear again in court : RETRY
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File material : EMERY
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Guiding belief : TENET
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"Star Wars" droid : ARTOO
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JOHN : GLENN
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Unruffled : CALM
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Plains tribe : OTOE
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Ends, with "up" : SEWS
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PC key : ESC
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Where Magic Johnson played college ball, for short : MSU
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Org. with Sharks and Predators : NHL
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It may be herbal : TEA

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

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