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GAME CHANGERS

New York Times, Sunday, April 4, 2021

In the Renaissance, they were known as "mala insana" ("mad apples")

Author:
Angela Olson Halsted and Doug Peterson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 73 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Halsted. This is puzzle # 50 for Mr. Peterson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Angela Olson Halsted is a legal secretary in Washington, D.C., and the mother of two college students. Doug Peterson is a professional crossword constructor in Pasadena, Calif. The two met ... read more
Constructor notes:
We had fun trying to devise seven wacky theme entries that were all baseball-related. (Yes, we know the outfield grass isn't called a LAWN but cut us a little slack here). LABOR OF GLOVE ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
PuzzleGirl and Doug, two of my favorite crossword folks! They're both big into baseball, so it's no surprise to see a baseball theme. EXTRA INNINGS is a fine revealer, explaining why I N ... read more
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© 2021, The New York TimesNo. 0404 ( 26,080 )
Across
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Chow down on : SNARF
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"Exactly like this" : JUSTSO
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Word with mild or well : MANNERED
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Character often found in children's books : WALDO
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Emotionally process, in modern lingo : UNPACK
22
Repeated cry in 1931's "Frankenstein" : ITSALIVE
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*Perfect curveball? : IDEALBREAKER
25
Ivy League city : NEWHAVEN
26
Jam : FIX
27
Crucial : KEY
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White coat? : ENAMEL
30
Course standards : PARS
31
Emergency room concern : TRAUMA
33
*Batting coach's instruction to a lackadaisical hitter? : BUNTSERIOUSLY
37
Habitual drinkers : LUSHES
39
Opposed (to) : AVERSE
40
*Apprentice groundskeepers? : LAWNSTUDENTS
46
Singer/songwriter Parks with the 2021 album "Collapsed in Sunbeams" : ARLO
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It might get pulled in both directions : SAW
50
New York's Mount ___ Hospital : SINAI
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Dark wine grape : MERLOT
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Part of a heartbeat : SYSTOLE
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Diplomatic official: Abbr. : AMB
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Corn core : COB
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Cancels : SCRUBS
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Alacrity : HASTE
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Afternoon socials : TEAS
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Where dreams are made : BED
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*Overenthusiastic description of a routine base hit? : SOFAIRSOGOOD
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Stand-in for Middle America : PEORIA
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Pair of socks? : ONETWO
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*Umpire's aid in judging foul balls? : LINEDETECTOR
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GPS approximation : ETA
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Sgt. and cpl., e.g. : NCOS
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Airer of "Nancy Drew" : THECW
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Old salt : SEADOG
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Fury : IRE
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State where M.L.K. marched: Abbr. : ALA
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Some fins : DORSALS
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King James on a court : LEBRON
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Do as Henry VI did : GOMAD
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Letters on some foundations : SPF
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Jumpy sorts, in brief : ROOS
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*Long hours of fielding practice? : LABOROFGLOVE
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___ only : ADULTS
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Tilting : ASLOPE
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*Imperceptible fastball movement? : INVISIBLESINK
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All over the place : GLOBAL
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Jimmy ___ (luxury shoe brand) : CHOO
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Scientist buried in Westminster Abbey : DARWIN
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Pop artist who sings "Satisfied" on "The Hamilton Mixtape" : SIA
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New ___ (cap brand) : ERA
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Trouble, metaphorically : HOTWATER
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Ballgame extenders ... and what can literally be found in the answers to the asterisked clues : EXTRAINNINGS
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Beekeeper : APIARIST
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___ to go : RARING
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Run-D.M.C. and the Jonas Brothers, for example : TRIOS
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Bands' performance sheets : SETLISTS
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Unruffled : SMOOTH
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___ Domingo : SANTO
Down
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Bird that can spend up to 10 months in the air without landing : SWIFT
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Absolute bottom : NADIR
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Digital assistant : ALEXA
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Food packaging abbr., once : RDA
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What's heard at many a coffeehouse : FOLKMUSIC
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Group sometimes said to be "out" : JURY
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French article : UNE
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Pampering place : SPA
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In use : TAKEN
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Candle choice : SCENT
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Gumbo pods : OKRAS
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Goddess with a sacred owl : MINERVA
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Designers' studios : ATELIERS
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Its capital is Sydney: Abbr. : NSW
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"Uh-uh" : NAH
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Go by : ELAPSE
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Compete with : RIVAL
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Part of EGBDF : EVERY
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Places to play cards, often : DENS
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The Daily ___ (online news site) : BEAST
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___ culpa : MEA
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It plays a role in arm-twisting : ULNA
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"Venerable" saint : BEDE
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Manual readers : USERS
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Air France hub : ORLY
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It brought Hope to the world : USOSHOW
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When doubled, a Nabokov protagonist : HUMBERT
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Pre-bar challenge, briefly : LSAT
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"Je t'___" : AIME
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Org. with Fire and Sparks : WNBA
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It was first won by the N.Y. Mets in 1969 : NLCS
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Snow blower brand : TORO
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Word on some Oreo packages : STUF
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Nothing special : SOSO
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Tina Turner, voicewise : ALTO
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Goldenrod, e.g. : WEED
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Append : TAGON
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Instrument with a flared end : OBOE
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Chinese steamed bun : BAO
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Ratio of an angle's opposite side to the hypotenuse : SINE
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Blueprint details : SPECS
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Runs out of juice : DIES
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Eye cream ingredient : RETINOL
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Symbol on Captain America's shield : STAR
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Villainous English king in "Braveheart" : EDWARDI
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Outstanding pitcher : ACE
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Former Ford models : LTDS
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Seller of Belgian waffles and French toast (fittingly, considering the "I" in its name) : IHOP
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Super Soaker Soakzooka brand : NERF
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Like some orders : TALL
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Ancient halls : ODEA
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Eldest Stark son on "Game of Thrones" : ROBB
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G.I.'s garb, at times : CAMO
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Speed skater Johann ___ Koss, winner of four Olympic golds : OLAV
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One-named Nigerian Grammy winner : SADE
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Pained sound : GROAN
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In the Renaissance, they were known as "mala insana" ("mad apples") : EGGPLANTS
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Baseball's Gehrig and Piniella : LOUS
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Most reliable : SOLIDEST
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Russian city on the Ural River : ORSK
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Butterlike spread : OLEO
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French West Indies resort island, familiarly : STBARTS
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Keep from flying, maybe : FOGIN
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Profession : AVOWAL
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Camera inits. : SLR
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"With any luck ..." : IHOPE
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Tag line? : NOTIT
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Fancy pourers : EWERS
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Paper route hour, maybe : SIXAM
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Headliner's cue : INTRO
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Land between Togo and Nigeria : BENIN
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Insider's vocabulary : ARGOT
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Catch with a throw : LASSO
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Alternative to Chuck : CHAS
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Wistful sound : SIGH
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Man's name that's 123-Down reversed : ARI
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Stanza contraction : TIS
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Home of the world's largest carnival : RIO
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Word with red or army : ANT
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Man's name that's 118-Down reversed : IRA

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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