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New York Times, Wednesday, July 7, 1999

Basketball contest selectors?

Author:
Richard Silvestri
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Richard Silvestri

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJ} This is puzzle # 122 for Mr. Silvestri. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1999, The New York Times7/7/99 ( No. 18,138 )
Across
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Kind of court : CLAY
5
Frenzied : MANIC
10
Shoe filler : LAST
14
Letter after epsilon : ZETA
15
Disconcert : ABASH
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Mold medium : AGAR
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Own up to : AVOW
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Follower of Daniel : HOSEA
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Brown opponent : YALE
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Epitaph for a bull? : RIPSNORTER
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"___ the Roof" (1963 hit) : UPON
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In the open : OUT
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Threaten : IMPEND
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Gelcap alternative : TABLET
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Outlay : COST
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Shakespearean sprite : ARIEL
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Traffic planner's array? : DOTMATRIX
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Siberian river : LENA
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Mother of Tiberius : LIVIA
40
Bridal shower? : RICE
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Non-prepaid items? : CODPIECES
43
Breakfast sizzler : BACON
44
Straw in the wind : OMEN
45
City near Los Angeles : POMONA
46
"Scent of a Woman" star : PACINO
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"___ Poetica" : ARS
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Mary Kay competitor : AVON
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Basketball contest selectors? : NITPICKERS
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Ceramacist's medium : TILE
60
Starters : ATEAM
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Marine leader? : AQUA
62
Hoof sound : CLOP
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Pony or monkey : DANCE
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Hierarchy level : RUNG
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Hind's mate : HART
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Church official : ELDER
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Easy-listening : LITE
Down
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Winter Palace resident : CZAR
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Dolly of "Hello, Dolly!" : LEVI
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Surmounting : ATOP
4
Swerves, at sea : YAWS
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Elephant driver : MAHOUT
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Scrub a launch : ABORT
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Tammany tiger's creator : NAST
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Psychic's phrase : ISEE
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Personal magnetism : CHARISMA
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Short-range basket : LAYUP
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Wide open : AGAPE
12
Stylish shop : SALON
13
The way things are going : TREND
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Wassailer's song : NOEL
25
Kingston Trio hit : MTA
26
Soapstone component : TALC
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Mars, in combinations : AREO
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Tough spot : BIND
29
Sudden transition : LEAP
30
Group of witches : COVEN
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Redding of song : OTIS
33
Vegas rollers : DICE
34
The cart before the ores : TRAM
35
"Little Caesar" gangster : RICO
36
Click-on item : ICON
37
TV's Warrior Princess : XENA
39
Summer quencher : LEMONADE
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It may have an extra electron : ION
43
Pear type : BOSC
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Introductory reading : PRIMER
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Temporary phone hookup : PATCH
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Castilian city : AVILA
48
Decorator's decision : COLOR
49
Bumbling : INEPT
50
On the double : APACE
53
Romance lang. : ITAL
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Take care of : TEND
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First name in Communism : KARL
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Relative of iso- : EQUI
57
Litter member : RUNT
58
Learned : SAGE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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