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MOTHER'S DAY CONCERT

New York Times, Sunday, May 9, 2021

Tennis star with the highest career winning percentage in singles matches (89.97%)

Author:
Brad Wiegmann
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 84 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Wiegmann. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2021, The New York Times5/9/21 ( No. 26,115 )
Across
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Computer file, informally : DOC
4
Wound up on top? : SCAB
8
Feels it the next day, say : ACHES
13
Things served in prison : TERMS
18
Shout at a Greek wedding : OPA
19
Country singer McKenna : LORI
20
"Whoa, settle down" : CHILL
21
More than half of humanity : ASIANS
23
___ state : REM
24
Mom's comment to her child during prenatal bonding? [Frank Sinatra, 1954] : IGETAKICKOUTOFYOU
27
Hot state : IRE
28
Bishop's hat : MITER
29
They're used mostly on corners : STAPLERS
30
What Mom is obligated to do as her due date approaches? [The Beatles, 1969] : CARRYTHATWEIGHT
36
"___ the deal ..." : HERES
37
Yes, in Yokohama : HAI
38
Bran material : OAT
39
Part of a drivetrain : AXLE
40
The Renaissance, for one : ERA
42
Team ___ (late-night host's following) : COCO
43
Cancer fighter, for short : TCELL
44
Henley Royal ___ (annual July event) : REGATTA
49
Mom's reaction to her first mild contractions? [John Cougar, 1982] : HURTSSOGOOD
54
Midwife's advice to Mom in the delivery room? [Salt-N-Pepa, 1987] : PUSHIT
55
Cause of wear and tear : USE
56
Wanna-bees, e.g.? : PUPAE
57
___ of Maine (toothpaste) : TOMS
61
Sport whose participants call "Pull!" : SKEET
62
Pet sound : MEW
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Tennis star with the highest career winning percentage in singles matches (89.97%) : EVERT
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Stress test? : FINAL
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"Whoa boy, settle down" : EASY
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Mom's remark as contractions grow stronger? [The Ramones, 1978] : IWANNABESEDATED
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Org. that delivers : USPS
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Unenthusiastic : TEPID
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Went sniggling : EELED
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Vaporize, say : ZAP
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Empire : REALM
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Roughly : ORSO
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Be crazy about : ADORE
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Sappho's "___ to Aphrodite" : ODE
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Mom's reaction as delivery draws closer? [Usher, 2012] : SCREAM
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Child's response to Mom's actions? [Diana Ross, 1980] : IMCOMINGOUT
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Briskly : ATATROT
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Actress in eight Bond films : DENCH
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Like sea horses that give birth : MALE
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Beast with a humped shoulder : GNU
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Utah ski resort : ALTA
95
Cable news anchor Cabrera : ANA
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Prey for a formicivorous creature : ANT
99
Simple life? : AMEBA
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Nurse's remark after Mom delivers the first twin? [Britney Spears, 1998] : BABYONEMORETIME
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Spanish archipelago, with "the" : CANARIES
110
Touches : ABUTS
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Witty saying : MOT
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Doctor's comment after Mom delivers the second twin? [The Who, 1965] : THEKIDSAREALRIGHT
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Director DuVernay : AVA
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Quiet : SERENE
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Settle down, say : MARRY
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Pacific crop : TARO
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Something you might gloss over : LIP
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Mother's Day delivery : ROSES
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Apologetic remark during a breakup : ITSME
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Hang it up : STOP
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Consult : SEE
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Kind of column : DORIC
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Venue for trill seekers? : OPERAHOUSE
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TV reporter's entourage : CAMERACREW
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Like snails' trails : SLIMY
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Beginning that leads to a sum? : COGITO
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Singer with the 1968 hit "Think," familiarly : ARETHA
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Nibble : BITEAT
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"Oh no!" : ACK
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X : CHI
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Drink with the flavors Poppin' Lemonade and Grabbin' Grape : HIC
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Wyoming's National ___ Refuge : ELK
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Spill clumsily : SLOSH
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"Bye!" : TATA
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Food delivery route? : ESOPHAGUS
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Piece of equipment for a biathlete : RIFLE
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Oscar ___ : MAYER
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Bad thing to do in class : SNORE
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Figure (out) : SUSS
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Aesthete's interest : ART
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Complete : UTTER
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Hilarious sort : RIOT
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U.S. city whose name is composed of two state abbreviations : WACO
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Struck out : EXED
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Poorly : ILL
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Toothpaste option : GEL
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Solicit sales (for) : REP
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Fishing bait : CHUM
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Keeps the beat with one's foot : TOETAPS
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"Who ___ you?" : ASKED
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Woman's name meaning "goddess" : THEA
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Relations : TIES
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J.D. holder: Abbr. : ATTY
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What a shaken soda bottle will do when uncapped : SPEW
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Capital of Fiji : SUVA
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Not dismissive of : OPENTO
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Earn : GARNER
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Quaint contraction : TIS
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Rule for trick-or-treaters : ONEEACH
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Improvised : MADEDO
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Wind down? : SLALOM
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Janet Yellen's former post, with "the" : FED
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Site of offshore banks? : ISLET
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Life, briefly : BIO
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Garr of "Tootsie" : TERI
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Setting for a scene in the Sistine Chapel : EDEN
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Major part of the night sky? : URSA
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It's broken off : SECT
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Olympic athlete category : PARA
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Lions and tigers and bears : ZOOANIMALS
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Raw footage? : ADULTMOVIE
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Davidson of "S.N.L." : PETE
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Stick in the refrigerator? : MARGARINE
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Sun follower? : MON
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Loving : INTO
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Last name in shoes : MCAN
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Exam for some aspiring C.E.O.s : GMAT
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Go down the ___ : TUBES
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Little bit : DAB
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Ron who played Tarzan : ELY
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Boundaries : AMBITS
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Part of a Milky Way bar : NOUGAT
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Joint: Prefix : ARTHRO
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Book that's the source of the line "It is more blessed to give than to receive" : ACTS
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Host of HBO's "Real Time" : MAHER
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Año starter : ENERO
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Competes on a British cooking show : BAKES
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"Same here" : ASAMI
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Lead-in to trumpet or drum : EAR
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Legally foreclose : ESTOP
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Tour de France stage : ETAPE
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The 13th or 15th : IDES
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Mobster's undoing : RAT
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Places to take breaks, for short? : ERS
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Inoculation location : ARM
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Cleaning solution : LYE

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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