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New York Times, Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Baseball's Durocher ... or his astrological sign

Author:
Patrick Merrell
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVZ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 81 for Mr. Merrell. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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So many strong puzzles this week, but this one stood out for me. How do I decide these things? No doubt, it is subjective (Jim and I ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times6/25/14 ( No. 23,605 )

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Breather : LUNG
5
Car radio button : AMFM
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Back of a 45 record : BSIDE
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Telephone keypad abbr. : OPER
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Wild hog : BOAR
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Reporting to : UNDER
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Where there's smoke : FLUE
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"I'm game" : LETS
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It's rattled metaphorically : SABER
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Goodyear employees when they're on strike? : TIRELESSWORKERS
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Feed : STOKE
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"Goody, goody!" : OHBOY
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Porch light circler : MOTH
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The Buckeyes' sch. : OSU
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He's to the right of Teddy on Mount Rushmore : ABE
32
Site with a "Time left" display : EBAY
35
Scenery chewer : HAM
37
It might reveal more than a simple X-ray : CTSCAN
39
Result of Santa misplacing his papers? : LISTLESSFEELING
42
Like some potatoes : MASHED
43
Cotton seed remover : GIN
44
Puts in : ADDS
45
Düsseldorf-to-Dresden direction : OST
46
Prop in a western : GUN
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Maryland athlete, for short : TERP
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"Me, too" : SODOI
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First name in cosmetics : ESTEE
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What the Red Sox had to start using in 1920? : RUTHLESSTACTICS
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Women's golf star Lorena : OCHOA
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"Like that's gonna happen" : ASIF
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Some investment opportunities, in brief : IPOS
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One who's not from around here : ALIEN
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Lime green 25-Across : LUNA
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Field for Gérard Depardieu and Audrey Tautou : CINE
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Experimental division, for short : RANDD
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Drop when one is down? : TEAR
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The "K" in James K. Polk : KNOX
Down
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Some sleeping areas : LOFTS
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Like the Statue of Liberty at night : UPLIT
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Prefix with science : NEURO
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Story set on Mount Olympus : GREEKMYTH
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Up to the job : ABLE
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Homer Simpson's watering hole : MOES
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Round one : FATSO
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Woman in "A Wrinkle in Time" : MRSWHO
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It may be diagrammed on a city map : BUSROUTE
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Serpentine : SNAKY
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"___ much obliged" : IDBE
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Traditional meat in a humble pie : DEER
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Fouls up : ERRS
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Baseball's Durocher ... or his astrological sign : LEO
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Censorship-worthy : OBSCENE
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Nickname for filmdom's Lebowski : THEDUDE
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Holds : HAS
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Liquid that burns : ACID
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Posse, e.g. : BAND
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Some M.I.T. grads: Abbr. : ENGS
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Admiral Zumwalt : ELMO
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Skewed view : BIAS
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Helper: Abbr. : ASST
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Knicks' home: Abbr. : MSG
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Buster Keaton genre : SLAPSTICK
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Theme park based on a toy : LEGOLAND
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Tailor's concern : FIT
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Margarita option : NOSALT
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___ room : REC
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Did a farrier's job on : SHOED
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People output : ISSUE
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Easy basketball two-pointer : TIPIN
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Prefix with metric : ECONO
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Earl of ___, favorite of Queen Elizabeth I : ESSEX
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Waterfall sound : ROAR
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Sch. near Beverly Hills : UCLA
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Like dangerous ice : THIN
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Fey of "30 Rock" : TINA
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Miles and miles away : AFAR

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