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New York Times, Saturday, May 14, 2022

Tennis great with the most consecutive weeks ranked #1 in the world (377)

NOTE: This is the syndication date. The puzzle was published in the New York Times on Saturday, April 9, 2022.
Author:
Sam Buchbinder
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Sam Buchbinder

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 28 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Buchbinder.
Sam Buchbinder notes:
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© 2022, The New York Times4/9/22 ( No. 26,450 )
Across
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"Wish I could live like that ..." : MUSTBENICE
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Some radio announcements, in brief : APBS
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First winning presidential ticket to alternate vowels and consonants : OBAMABIDEN
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Schmooze : CHAT
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Where the entirety of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy was filmed : NEWZEALAND
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Folderol : TODO
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Common Italian verb ending : IRE
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Brewery supply : RYE
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Amoeba feature : SILENTO
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Michael of "Superbad" : CERA
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Shake hands, perhaps : CUTADEAL
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Many jingles : ADSLOGANS
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People of Burundi : TUTSI
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Huffing and puffing, e.g. : GERUNDS
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Spread out at a party : PATE
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Free : RID
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Bishop's group : RATPACK
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Some fridges : GES
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Deadlines? : OBIT
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It might be captured on a safari : FOOTAGE
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Who famously said "I really didn't say everything I said" : BERRA
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Some seaside gatherings : CLAMBAKES
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"In the end ..." : AFTERALL
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Rear guard? : TALC
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Drink that comes with a wide straw : BOBATEA
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Chinese ___, food also called nagaimo : YAM
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Approval inits. : FDA
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Like much of Sudan : ARID
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One with news to share, often : TVREPORTER
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Musical Case : NEKO
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Counter request : NEXTPLEASE
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Sharp : KEEN
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People might have personal ones for what they do : ASSISTANTS
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R&B artist with the 3x platinum 1995 debut album "Miss Thang" : MONICA
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Went for a ride, in a way : UBERED
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Carpenters, at times : SAWERS
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Website with a "Got a Tip?" page : TMZ
5
Boxing champ Max : BAER
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Site for a snipe : EBAY
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It turns red in Exodus : NILE
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B.C. neighbor: Abbr. : IDA
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Gathering that occurs once per decade : CENSUSDATA
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Call everything off : ENDIT
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Caused a ruckus : ACTEDUP
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Poor cell connection? : PHONETAG
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What you find kitsch in : BADTASTE
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Sources of some tips : STOOLIES
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Line on a map: Abbr. : LAT
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Land on the Med. : ALG
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Alternative to a Gallup survey : CNNPOLL
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"Utter your gravity ___ a gossip's bowl": "Romeo and Juliet" : OER
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Tennis great with the most consecutive weeks ranked #1 in the world (377) : GRAF
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Devices used to sterilize medical equipment : AUTOCLAVES
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Racket : SCAM
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Take the money and run, say : ROBABANK
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Rule that's often broken : IBEFOREE
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Kawasaki offering : DIRTBIKE
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Cold War inits. : KGB
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Walk all over : TREADON
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Put down : EAT
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Word with fair or film : ART
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Garment of the Middle East : KAFTAN
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Like Meg among the March sisters : ELDEST
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Close calls : SCARES
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CVS Health acquisition of 2018 : AETNA
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Subject of numerous hoaxes : YETI
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Tablet collection : APPS
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Grow out of something, say : MOLT
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Doctor's orders, for short : RXS
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Mens ___ : REA

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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