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SITTIN' SOLVE

New York Times, Sunday, August 17, 2014

2002 Dennis Quaid film about a struggling minor-league pitcher

Author:
Caleb Madison
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 76 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 30 for Mr. Madison. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Caleb Madison notes:
This is my first Times puzzle in a while. Since my stuff tends to skew more edgy I send a lot of my 15xs to the American Values Club Crossword. But whenever I think of a savory theme, ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
At one time Caleb was the youngest crossword constructor I had published in the Times — just 15 years 3 months old when he made his debut in 2008. When 14-year-old Ben Pall came along and ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fun concept, X AND Y phrases given a phonetic twist to form kooky X'IN Y results. Some great themers in this one, WRITIN' WRONG easily my favorite (as it explains all my typoes). Amazing ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times8/17/14 ( No. 23,658 )
Across
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Word after say or now : WHAT
5
Initiator of a probe, maybe : NASA
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Mop : SWAB
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Something five-star hotels provide, informally : TLC
16
Detective Vance : PHILO
17
Mythological deity with two ravens : ODIN
18
Celebrity chef Matsuhisa : NOBU
19
Part of a titter : HEE
20
Spellin' things incorrectly? : WRITINWRONG
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Departing words : AWAYWEGO
24
Leonardo da Vinci, religiously : DEIST
25
Platform for many apps : IOS
26
Nosh on the trail : GORP
28
R&B singer with the 2004 #1 hit "Goodies" : CIARA
29
Stealin' a hard drug? : JACKINCOKE
32
Pushin' some bread back and forth? : ROCKINROLL
35
Domain of Jupiter : SKY
36
Beak : NOSE
37
Enwrap : SWATHE
39
Parkinson's treatment : LDOPA
40
Global finance org. : IMF
41
___ de boeuf : ROTI
43
___ Fierce (Beyoncé alter ego) : SASHA
45
Its official song is "Home on the Range": Abbr. : KAN
46
Like some relations : SPATIAL
50
Lie around : LOLL
52
Where she blows? : THAR
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Suffix with glycer- : IDE
54
Paper pusher? : NEWSSTAND
56
Was a bellwether : LED
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Strike first : AGGRESS
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Disciplines : AREAS
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50 Cent piece : RAPVIDEO
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Fair-hiring inits. : EEO
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H.S. dropouts' documents : GEDS
66
Not allowin' anyone to cook burgers and franks? : BARRINGRILL
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Google alternative : BING
72
Mortal queen of Thebes who was transfigured into a goddess : INO
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Hardens : CONGEALS
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Brother, in slang : HOMIE
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Like very few newspapers these days : EVENING
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To be, in Tijuana : SER
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"Are you done?" : ISTHATALL
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Place for lambs to frolic : LEA
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Wavy do : PERM
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Comedic Mort : SAHL
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Bibliography listings : SOURCES
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Union formation? : MRS
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Hospital status, informally : PREOP
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Each episode of "Law & Order," say : CASE
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Roguish : SLY
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Tablet marking options : STYLI
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Deeply impressed : GRAVEN
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___ Cooper : MINI
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1/4 of zero? : ZEE
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Recheckin' with a stopwatch? : TIMINAGAIN
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Demonstratin' how to shoot an apple off someone's head? : SHOWINTELL
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French nobleman : COMTE
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California's Santa ___ Mountains : YNEZ
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Album with the 1978 hit "Deacon Blues" : AJA
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Hot spring? : OASIS
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Accouterment popularized by a "Seinfeld" episode : MANPURSE
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Usin' less stickum? : CUTTINPASTE
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Tap choice : ALE
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Put in a bibliography : CITE
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___ socks : KNEE
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Madcap : NUTTY
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"Gangnam Style" stylist : PSY
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Shipbuilder's starting point : KEEL
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Oracle : SEER
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Certain recess : APSE
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Egg beater : WHISK
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Givin' a female casino patron another card? : HITTINMISS
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Iraq's Imam ___ Air Base : ALI
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Old-timey medicines : TONICS
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Scandinavian language, to its speakers : NORSK
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Hubbub : ADO
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Make a note of? : SING
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Sweater material : ANGORA
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Medium for many selfies : SNAPCHAT
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"I'm speechless" : WOW
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You can count on them : ABACI
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Makin' some big purchases? : BUYINLARGE
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2002 Dennis Quaid film about a struggling minor-league pitcher : THEROOKIE
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Places for briefs? : LEGALPADS
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Big cheese : CEO
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Steep : PRICY
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Unconvincing : WEAK
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Cyrano de Bergerac, famously : WOOER
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Certain charge : WARD
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Party entertainers, for short : DJS
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Breaks down : ROTS
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Dieter's label : NOFAT
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This, in Tijuana : ESTO
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Singer with the 2009 hit "Tik Tok" : KESHA
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Track listings? : LANES
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Hopin' favor is bestowed? : WILLINGRACE
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Moralist's comment : ITSASIN
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Vets : OLDPROS
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Panetta's successor as defense secretary : HAGEL
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Hitch : SNAG
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Juin honoree : PERE
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Deeply impressed : AWED
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Logan of "60 Minutes" : LARA
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Jumping-off point? : LEDGE
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Dealbreaker? : NARC
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Wrecks : DERAILS
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Engineering topic : ROBOTRY
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Popular six-second clips since 2013 : VINES
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Much of the Guggenheim's collection : OILS
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Big goof : BONER
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W.W. II transports: Abbr. : LSTS
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Old "There's no step 3!" sloganeer : IMAC
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River through two world capitals : NILE
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Hardens : GELS
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Bitin' a friend of Robin Hood? : NIPPINTUCK
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Carryin' a load of grain? : HAULINOATS
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Title film locale in Springwood, Oh. : ELMST
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Stats for basketball players : VERTICALS
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"Get rich quick" promise : EASYMONEY
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Clark ___, "The Avengers" actor : GREGG
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Egypt's Mubarak : HOSNI
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Coral reef lurker : MORAYEEL
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___ Zimmer, Oscar-winning composer for "The Lion King" : HANS
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Pest : PAIN
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What you might use to put on a happy face? : EMOJI
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Not step so lively : LIMP
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Some sweaters : VNECKS
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"Lemme!" : IWANNA
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Like barbecue sauce : ZESTY
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Nobelist Wiesel : ELIE
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Loop loopers : ELS
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Eagle's perch : AERIE
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Hardly a yes man : HATER
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Sample : TASTE
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Microsoft portable media player : ZUNE
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Plan (out) : MAP
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Sault ___ Marie : STE
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Shorts top? : TEE
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Little chow, say : PUP

Answer summary: 15 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later.

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