04.02.12 — Play Ball!


This 1920 St. Paul Minnesota Baseball Team probably resembled the 
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Monday, April 2, 2012

Puzzle by Lynn Lempel / Edited by Will Shortz

PLAY / BALL (25D. With 35-Down, much-anticipated cry every April), along with SWING, HIT, RUN, SLIDE, SCORE found in PORCH SWING (16A. Relaxing spot on a veranda), SMASH HIT (23A. Huge success at the box office), BULL RUN (37A. Virginia site of two Civil War battles), MUD SLIDE (46A. Hillside threat after a heavy rain) and PIANO SCORE (56A. Sheet music for Van Cliburn, say) constitute the interrelated group of this winning Monday crossword.

Other — ANY OLD TIME (27D. “Whenever you feel like it”), EASY WIN (51A. Lopsided victory), INDY CAR (41D. Big series name in auto racing), RECRUIT (4D. Army enlistee), SIXTH GRADE (10D. Traditional start of middle school), SPY RING (19A. Band of secret agents), SUBLIME (23D. Glorious).

Mid-size — ANTHEM, APART, ASHES, ASPEN, BOYLE, DULLED, Max ERNST, I M PEI and IMPLY, KISS ME, KNEEL, LETHE, MAIDS, MARKS, MATTER, MOURNS, OGLING, PLAIT, PRIES, SIGMA, SPORT, T-SHIRT, TUBULE, UNLIT.

Short stuff — ABA, AIRY, Jai ALAI, AMY, APPS, ARK, BAN, Deputy DAWG, DIMS, DUO, ELI, EMS, ENDS, EXPO, IDOL, ILIE, IOU, IRKS, LAY, LIMA and LIMP, LINT, LORD, LUG and TUG, MAO and YAO, MID, NEST, OBOE, PEG, PROP, ROB, SIS, STE, URL, WORN, YUKS.

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1 comment:

Alan Muchlinski said...

The picture on this page labeled "The Pipestone Black Sox" is not a picture of the team from Pipestone, MN. The picture is of a team that played out of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota. No pictures of the Pipestone Black Sox team are known to exist.