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New York Times, Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Spot for a guard at the World Cup

Author:
Sam Buchbinder and Brad Wilber
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Buchbinder. This is puzzle # 60 for Mr. Wilber.
Constructor notes:
BRAD: Sam and I have been published as a team elsewhere, but I'm proud to be part of his first collab in the Times. I feel enriched by ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
"What connects these random things?" themes are among my favorites. It's so much fun to slap yourself in the head when there's a ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
An historic performance of The Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore: ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times5/31/22 ( No. 26,502 )
Across
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Plenty : AMPLE
6
Actor Hemsworth : LIAM
10
Keep bumping into another punk music fan? : MOSH
14
Request to someone dressing your submarine sandwich : NOOIL
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Baby name that had popularity bumps after the releases of "Frozen" and "Frozen II" : ELSA
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Not supporting : ANTI
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Figure in many hexes : VOODOODOLL
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Challenge for a plumber : LEAK
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Poverty and pollution, for two : ILLS
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Scale amts. : WTS
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Discerning : ASTUTE
24
Napkin holder : LAP
25
Alternative to Huggies or Luvs : CLOTHDIAPER
27
Prefix with puncture : ACU
29
One of two akimbo : ARM
30
Stampede : ONRUSH
33
Supporting : PRO
34
Puts on : DONS
38
Suggestion to defer discussion ... and what might be said of 17-, 25, 46- and 60-Across : LETSPUTAPININIT
41
Brand with the flavor Cookie Cobblestone : EDYS
42
Cavernous opening : MAW
43
Without leaving crumbs behind, say : TIDILY
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See 44-Down : PAN
45
Place for a royal flush? : LOO
46
Place for splits and spares : BOWLINGLANE
53
Org. for King James and Dr. J : NBA
56
More sore : ACHIER
57
With 64-Across, symbol of coldness : ICE
58
Gait that's not as fast as a canter : TROT
59
Spot for a guard at the World Cup : SHIN
60
$$$ dispenser : ATMMACHINE
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What many do on the Sabbath : REST
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See 57-Across : CUBE
65
National Zoo attraction : PANDA
66
Pseudo-sophisticated : ARTY
67
Barriers to compromise : EGOS
68
Teen spirit? : ANGST
Down
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Heavy chorus "instrument" in "Il Trovatore" : ANVIL
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$$$ : MOOLA
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Gathering where one might make a splash : POOLPARTY
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Tupperware tops : LIDS
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Grp. with the 1975 hit "Evil Woman" : ELO
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Prompted : LEDTO
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"___ It at the Movies" (collection of Pauline Kael reviews) : ILOST
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In which "I'm sorry" shows a closed fist, in brief : ASL
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Clumsy : MALADROIT
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Country in the Mediterranean : MALTA
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Outdo : ONEUP
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Word before "of mind" or "of emergency" : STATE
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Many a consumer of trail mix : HIKER
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Symbol of wisdom : OWL
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Member of a virtual family : SIM
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Edge : CUSP
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Angel's instrument : HARP
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"Ornery" sort : CUSS
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Cry at a World Cup match : OLE
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Nickname for Benedict or Edgar : NED
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Group targeted for destruction in "Independence Day" : HUMANRACE
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Hairy hand : PAW
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Classical queen who cursed a Trojan fleet : DIDO
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One in a deep-fried side dish : ONIONRING
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Zippo : NIL
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Wreck room? : STY
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Powder-based beverage : TANG
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Its tributaries are Blue and White : NILE
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With 44-Across, holder for a Thanksgiving dessert : PIE
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Principal Iraqi port : BASRA
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Shade of some turning leaves : OCHER
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Card game in Austen novels : WHIST
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Like some unbrushed suits : LINTY
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Competition favoring flexible contestants : LIMBO
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Zeniths : ACMES
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Org. that might give a grant to a sculptor : NEA
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Barry with 12 Silver Slugger Awards : BONDS
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Really bothered : ATEAT
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Less ___ perfect : THAN
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Yank : TUG
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I.R.S. expert : CPA

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle.

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