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New York Times, Thursday, April 30, 2020

Goal-scoring opportunities in soccer ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme

Author:
Caitlin Reid
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Caitlin Reid

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 This is puzzle # 6 for Ms. Reid. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Caitlin Reid notes:
My husband is not an avid crossword solver (yet!), but he is a through and through soccer superfan. I like to think he helped inspire ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Caitlyn's gridwork is so strong. I struggled with the top corners of the puzzle, but I got into a groove as I continued, encountering ... read more
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BOOT
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L
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E
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G
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S
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A
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S
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I
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F
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G
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A
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S
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PUMP
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C
A
I
R
O
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C
H
O
O
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L
E
I
F
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A
L
T
E
R
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T
I
N
E
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E
R
M
A
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M
A
H
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T
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H
I
N
S
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K
N
O
C
K
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P
L
E
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A
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A
V
E
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N
E
S
S
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S
A
R
D
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I
N
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E
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N
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O
T
S
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H
O
G
W
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A
S
H
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S
L
Y
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C
O
R
N
E
R
K
I
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C
K
S
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Z
A
C
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A
A
M
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L
N
E
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F
O
P
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F
I
R
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M
I
N
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R
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A
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L
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A
N
I
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M
A
L
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I
O
S
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T
E
T
E
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L
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T
A
T
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A
S
K
M
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E
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D
O
M
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L
O
A
N
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M
I
N
I
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G
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O
D
N
O
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S
U
L
U
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A
D
O
S
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G
R
E
E
N
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FLAT
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P
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G
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S
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WEDGE
© 2020, The New York Times4/30/20 ( No. 25,741 )
Across
1
Pirates, say : BOOTLEGS
6
"Like, no way!" : ASIF
10
Refilling site : GASPUMP
14
"The City of a Thousand Minarets" : CAIRO
15
Sound from a toy train : CHOO
16
First name of an early explorer of Vinland : LEIF
17
Tweak : ALTER
18
Point for Poseidon : TINE
19
Bombeck who wrote "I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression" : ERMA
20
___-jongg : MAH
21
Whittles down : THINS
23
Rap : KNOCK
24
Something heard in court : PLEA
26
Michigan, e.g.: Abbr. : AVE
27
Mysterious monster, familiarly : NESSIE
28
Rush-hour subway commuter, metaphorically : SARDINE
30
Fig. on some I.R.S. forms : EIN
31
Extra periods, for short : OTS
32
"Oh, baloney!" : HOGWASH
34
Artful : SLY
35
Goal-scoring opportunities in soccer ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme : CORNERKICKS
37
Efron of Hollywood : ZAC
38
"When We Were Very Young" author, 1924 : AAMILNE
39
Snazzy dresser : FOP
40
Christmas season purchase : FIR
41
20 Questions category : MINERAL
45
20 Questions category : ANIMAL
47
One of the Cyclades : IOS
48
Place for un béret : TETE
49
Free to attack : LETAT
50
"Go ahead, shoot!" : ASKME
52
Role for Vin Diesel in the "Fast & Furious" movies : DOM
53
Student ___ : LOAN
54
Easy-to-park car : MINI
55
"Don't make me laugh!" : GODNO
57
Role for John Cho in the "Star Trek" movies : SULU
58
Troubles : ADOS
59
Easiest rating for a ski slope : GREEN
60
Type of short haircut : FLATTOP
61
Picks up : GETS
62
Bunker need : SANDWEDGE
Down
1
Rigorous training courses : BOOTCAMPS
2
"I'm not listening to you!" : LALALA
3
Whichever : EITHER
4
Hurdle for an M.A. pursuer : GRE
5
Breed : SORT
6
Athleisure, e.g. : ACTIVEWEAR
7
Liking : SHINE
8
Cannon ammo in sci-fi : IONS
9
Challenger : FOE
10
Vales : GLENS
11
"Sssss" makers : AEROSOLS
12
Video game series since 1989 : SIMCITY
13
Deceptive basketball moves : PUMPFAKES
22
Target for clippers : HANGNAIL
23
Burns up in film? : KEN
25
Stopgap, maybe : ADHOC
27
In which nothing is everything : NIHILISM
29
"Should ___ shouldn't ..." : IOR
30
Affectionate nose-rubbing : ESKIMOKISS
33
Knockoff of a Greek sculpture? : ARM
34
Something to shoot for : SKEET
35
University of Oregon logo : CAPITALO
36
Default for many airport TVs : CNN
37
Daydream : ZONEOUT
39
Doesn't land, as a joke : FALLSFLAT
40
It's chewed by the chatty : FAT
42
Ripen, maybe : REDDEN
43
Made good : ATONED
44
Common seafood garnish : LEMONWEDGE
46
"Put your big boy pants on!" : MANUP
47
Immature retort : ISNOT
50
Hill worker : AIDE
51
Items carried in spoons in an outdoor race : EGGS
54
Time, e.g., in brief : MAG
56
Singer/songwriter Rita : ORA

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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