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New York Times, Thursday, April 5, 2018

72-Across : Moth-eaten, e.g.

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

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 81, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQVZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 177 for Mr. Kahn.
David J. Kahn notes:
I've written two books of baseball-themed puzzles and love the idea of cluing baseball jargon in a nonbaseball way. This puzzle actually ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I'm not a huge baseball fan, but I do enjoy the lingo. Some of David's takes on common baseball phrases amused me. And I liked his effort to ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
I hate to disagree with Jeff (actually, it's fun to disagree with Jeff) but each theme answer here is both perfect and necessary. The most ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times4/5/18 ( No. 24,985 )
Across
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He wrote "In the fight between you and the world, back the world" : KAFKA
6
Spanish hand : MANO
10
Making a crossing, e.g. : ASEA
14
"Do we have to keep doing this?!" : AGAIN
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It's California's fault : SANANDREAS
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*Bass part in Beethoven's "Choral" Symphony? : BOTTOMOFTHENINTH
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Strike with a pickax? : ORE
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1982 Loretta Lynn song with the lyric "It's not easy to deceive you" : ILIE
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Sleazo : CAD
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*Result of a lot of drinking in the army? : BASESLOADED
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Yarn that stretches? : SAGA
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Classic Jaguar : XKE
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"___ has no use for free speech": Julius Caesar : WAR
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Brock in Cooperstown : LOU
34
Fastening pin : COTTER
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*A couple of prisoners after an escape from Leavenworth? : TWOMENOUT
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On the move : AFOOT
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Request : SEEK
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Neighbor of Burundi : CONGO
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*Dracula, after stuffing himself? : FULLCOUNT
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Looies' subordinates : SARGES
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Subj. for some bilinguals : ESL
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Clothes line : HEM
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Caste member : ANT
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Muralist José María ___ : SERT
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*Plan for a midafternoon nap? : DOWNBYTHREE
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Parlement assent : OUI
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All-time career record-holder for strikeouts : RYAN
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Western tribe : UTE
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What will cause a walk-off win in the situation described by the answers to the starred clues : GRANDSLAMHOMERUN
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Obsolescent recordings : AUDIOTAPES
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"Mercy me!" : EGADS
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Not as : LESS
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Fell (to) : LOST
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Moth-eaten, e.g. : HOLEY
Down
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Food cart offering : KABOB
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Plaza for Plato : AGORA
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Trio in Plato's "Republic" : FATES
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Press ___ : KIT
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Need for making soap from sap? : ANO
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Family group : MAFIA
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Paid (up) : ANTED
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"Ain't gonna happen" : NAH
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Single : ONE
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Met demands? : ARIAS
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Forward : SENDALONG
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"Let's ___!" : EAT
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E-cigarette's lack : ASH
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Number for 9-Down : SOLO
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Party org. once chaired by Tim Kaine : DNC
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Track team member : MILER
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Hail : EXTOL
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Court artist's output : SKETCH
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Worshiper of C-3PO in "Return of the Jedi" : EWOK
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Arizona's Glen Canyon, for one : DAM
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Fleece : GOUGE
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Accords, e.g. : AUTOS
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Disavow : RECANT
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Places that may have blackboards : CAFES
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Worth having : OFUSE
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Bypass arteries? : TOLLROADS
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Number of World Series rings for Yogi Berra as a player : TEN
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Newly painted : WET
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0° : NORTH
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Sport in a ring : SUMO
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Big ref. work : OED
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Refuse : SAYNO
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African capital, lake or gulf : TUNIS
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Alternatives to paninis : WRAPS
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N.L. East player : NYMET
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Scroogeisms : BAHS
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In the boonies : RURAL
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Chopin piece : ETUDE
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Very, very small : EENSY
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Bridal line? : IDO
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Hoedown date : GAL
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The French way? : RUE
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Winner of 11 World Series, for short : STL
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Dweller on the Mekong : LAO
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"Not so great" : MEH
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Vainglory : EGO

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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