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New York Times, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Author:
Ned White
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ned White

This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 81, Blocks: 44 Missing: {FJQXYZ} This is puzzle # 19 for Mr. White. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Ned White notes:
The main idea behind this puzzle was to create something kinetic — a continuous flow of sports action proceeding from top to bottom ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fun and creative concept, players hitting a shuttlecock back and forth over a BADMINTON NET. Or is that a BIRDIE? I dug that repeating ... read more
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0510 ( 24,655 )
Across
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Something needed to play the game depicted in this puzzle : RACKET
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Starts the game depicted in this puzzle : SERVES
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Suzuki with his first name on his jersey : ICHIRO
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Publisher of People : TIMEINC
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Supporters of broken arms : SLINGS
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Kim of "L.A. Confidential" : BASINGER
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Avoid a beanball, maybe : DUCK
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Dishwasher need : SOAP
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Tram load : ORE
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Went off, as an alarm : SOUNDED
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Boast : CROW
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Foot, in anatomy : PES
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Meat in a classic Monty Python skit : SPAM
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Under the weather : ILL
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Post-triathlon woes : ACHES
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Output from futuristic weaponry : IONBEAMS
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Wacko : LOON
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Antenna, e.g. : SENSEORGAN
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Not stressed : UNACCENTED
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Toy on a string : KITE
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Beltway insider : POLITICO
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Ed with seven Emmys : ASNER
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Rapper with a line of Fila sneakers : NAS
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Unless, in law : NISI
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Grokked : GOT
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Slow-witted sort : DODO
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President who was imprisoned for 27 years : MANDELA
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Sch. founded by Thomas Jefferson : UVA
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"Star Wars" princess : LEIA
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Ice cream bar brand : DOVE
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More skilled in : BETTERAT
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One atop the standings : LEADER
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Facetious subject of many articles in The Onion : AREAMAN
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Xenophobes' fear : ALIENS
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Call after the 72-Across crosses the 16-Down seven times and lands here : ITSOUT
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Something needed to play the game depicted in this puzzle ... or a hint to the six shaded answers : BIRDIE
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Providence art inst. : RISD
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Free speech defender, for short : ACLU
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In vogue : CHIC
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"Lola" band, with "the" : KINKS
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Joule fraction : ERG
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Even odds : TOSSUP
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Sibling nickname : SIS
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Defunct U.K. label : EMI
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"Footloose" hero ___ McCormack : REN
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Partner of vim : VIGOR
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Start of el año : ENERO
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Prison guard, slangily : SCREW
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Ankle wrap for an athlete : TAPE
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Divider in this puzzle's game : BADMINTONNET
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Lead-in to lark or dare : ONA
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1940s spy org. : OSS
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Ate in high style : DINED
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Supreme Court aides : CLERKS
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Get chummy (with) : PALUP
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Low-budget: Prefix : ECONO
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Maritime hazard : SHOAL
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Certain Wall St. takeover : LBO
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San Fernando Valley community : ENCINO
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Suffix for sugars : OSE
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Gerontology subject : AGING
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San ___ (Bay Area city) : MATEO
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Hägar the Horrible's dog : SNERT
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Tsunami cause : SEISM
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Cover letter abbr. : ENC
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'L' train overseer : CTA
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Be under the weather : AIL
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Uganda's Amin : IDI
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1960s underwater habitat : SEALAB
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Home of the Burj Khalifa : DUBAI
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For all to see : OVERT
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Sees regularly : DATES
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Shepard in space : ALAN
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Legendary firefighter Red : ADAIR
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Took too much, briefly : ODED
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I came: Lat. : VENI
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Gaelic tongue : ERSE
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Eastern "way" : TAO
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Avian source of red meat : EMU
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One violating omertà : RAT
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Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas or Sonia Sotomayor, schoolwise : ELI

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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