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New York Times, Saturday, June 5, 2021

Basketball game in an arcade

Author:
Peter Wentz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Wentz

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 39 for Mr. Wentz.
Jeff Chen notes:
Everything started out so well, popping in POP A SHOT without a second thought. I played so much POP A SHOT with my Little Brother ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times6/5/21 ( No. 26,142 )
Across
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Basketball game in an arcade : POPASHOT
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Bad spot for a date? : PIMPLE
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Death stare : EVILLOOK
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Bug's place? : INARUG
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Popular dish in Seville : GAZPACHO
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Kind of duck : PEKING
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___ Morris, lead character on TV's "Saved by the Bell" : ZACK
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Expecting, informally : PREGGO
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Heavy metal band that earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019 : BLACKSABBATH
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Bar food : TAPAS
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Palter : LIE
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Third-tier caste member in "Brave New World" : GAMMA
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Low stats for some M.V.P. winners : ERAS
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Newspaper designer's responsibility : PAGELAYOUT
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Inspired stuff : AIR
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Qualities in music : TIMBRES
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Brand of cashmere pronounced "say" : TSE
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Climactic court moment : MATCHPOINT
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Actress Seehorn of "Better Call Saul" : RHEA
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Way : STYLE
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R&B group ___ Hill : DRU
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Sta4nce, for instance : REBUS
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Took things to a whole new level : UPPEDTHEGAME
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NorCal daily : SACBEE
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Assessment, for short : EVAL
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"My schedule permitting" : IFICAN
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Nail-biter : THRILLER
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Explosive cited in "Hamlet" : PETARD
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Qualifying phrase : IBELIEVE
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Some ice cream orders : SWIRLS
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Fly from Honolulu to Tokyo, say : LOSEADAY
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Marker in the game Battleship : PEG
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Ingredients in Caesar's salads? : OVA
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Social event in which the food is usually ordered in : PIZZAPARTY
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Sources of hypoallergenic fiber : ALPACAS
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Casual wear : SLACKS
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Pawns : HOCKS
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"You're in such trouble!" : OOH
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Ringside call : TKO
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Prince William's sister-in-law : PIPPA
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It won't react well : INERTGAS
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Take advantage of the situation : MAKEHAY
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Moralizing sort : PRIG
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Pulmonologist's study : LUNG
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Toaster Strudel alternative : EGGO
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They're brought in for starters : BTEAMS
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Aid in rounding up : LARIAT
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Like some desserts : ALAMODE
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8'2" children's character : BIGBIRD
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Bar tidbit : BEERNUT
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Postponed indefinitely : MOTHBALLED
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Sight along the National Mall in Washington : MUSEUM
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Unstressed : ATEASE
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Spot on a face : PIP
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Cause for a replay : LET
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Steinbeck novella : THEPEARL
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Commuter's amenity : CLUBCAR
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They're fit for a king : REGALIA
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Rail against : REVILE
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Has yet to be decided : PENDS
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Opening of a toaster : HERES
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Tests one's spirit? : SIPS
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Not lots : AFEW
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Credit card name : CITI
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As late as : TIL
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World's first TV channel to be transmitted via satellite : HBO
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NASA spacewalk, for short : EVA
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Palpatine's granddaughter in "Star Wars" films : REY

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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