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New York Times, Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Statistical achievement in basketball ... or what the answer to each starred clue is

Author:
David J. Lieb
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 81, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FQX} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Lieb.
David J. Lieb notes:
I don't remember the exact genesis of this theme in March 2012, but of course it was inspired by all the "word that can follow both parts of …" ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I love fantasy basketball. If I didn't have other commitments, I'd spend all my waking hours (and some of my sleeping ones) analyzing data, ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times7/29/15 ( No. 24,004 )
Across
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Thrown skyward : UPCAST
7
Parent of a zorse or a zonkey : ZEBRA
12
"Fresh Air" network : NPR
15
Knuckle to the head : NOOGIE
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Lop-___ : EARED
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"Hostel" director Roth : ELI
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*It's divided into four zones in the contiguous U.S. states : STANDARDTIME
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React to a stench, maybe : GAG
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One end of a fairway : TEE
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Carne ___ (burrito filler) : ASADA
23
Eight-year member of Clinton's cabinet : RENO
24
Common school fund-raiser : CARWASH
27
*Coup d'état, e.g. : TAKEOVER
29
Blood-typing system : ABO
30
What a line drive lacks : ARC
32
"... ___ ye be judged" : LEST
33
*Incidental chatter : CROSSTALK
37
Stain on one's reputation : STIGMA
41
Home of the Buccaneers : TAMPA
42
Knuckleballer Wilhelm : HOYT
44
Have ___ (avoid blame) : ANOUT
45
"You've convinced me!" : IMSOLD
47
*Handouts to theatergoers : PLAYBILLS
49
Regatta gear : OARS
51
Flight info, briefly : ETA
52
End to "end" : DEE
53
*Make retroactive : BACKDATE
57
Russell of "Black Widow" : THERESA
60
Site with Daily Deals : EBAY
61
Fare for Oliver Twist : GRUEL
63
Hoodwink : CON
64
Great Society inits. : LBJ
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Statistical achievement in basketball ... or what the answer to each starred clue is : DOUBLEDOUBLE
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Fraternity letter : TAU
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As late as : UNTIL
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Breath mint in a tin : ALTOID
72
Hyphenated ID : SSN
73
Half of the letters in this answer's row : ESSES
74
"Of course, that's obvious" : YESYES
Down
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Young ___ (tots) : UNS
2
Container for 6-Down : POT
3
Where forgotten umbrellas may accumulate : COATROOMS
4
Vice president before Ford : AGNEW
5
Half a 45 : SIDEA
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Chai ___ : TEA
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Sleep indicator in a British comic strip : ZEDS
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Really get to : EATAT
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Like some showers : BRIDAL
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Many movies with built-in audiences : REMAKES
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Ending with Gator : ADE
12
More than half of Israel : NEGEV
13
It lacks depth : PLANE
14
Extreme hardship : RIGOR
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Full of school spirit : RAHRAH
23
Corkscrew-shaped pasta : ROTINI
24
Prickly pears, e.g. : CACTI
25
James ___ Garfield : ABRAM
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Remained idle : SAT
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Founded: Abbr. : ESTAB
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Sound of a wooden shoe : CLOP
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Like a haunted house : SPOOKY
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Restaurant dish that patrons may make themselves : SALAD
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"American Sniper" subject Chris ___ : KYLE
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Person who can do no wrong : GOLDENBOY
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Stubborn sorts : MULES
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Totally disoriented : ATSEA
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Act the snitch : TATTLE
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Chinese New Year decorations : DRAGONS
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"Fargo" assent : YAH
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Walks like a peacock : STRUTS
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Big swigs : BELTS
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Arafat's successor : ABBAS
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New Orleans cuisine : CAJUN
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Ragtime pianist Blake : EUBIE
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France's ___ des Beaux-Arts : ECOLE
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Defeats handily : ROUTS
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Some add-ons : ELLS
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Expected in : DUE
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Word repeated in "___ in, ___ out" : DAY
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Polygraph detection : LIE
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Some desk workers, for short : EDS

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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