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Opening Day crossword puzzle

3/30/2014

Though we’ve already had a couple of "for real" games played in Australia, Opening Day (at least stateside) is finally here, with one game Sunday night and then the full slate of games on Monday. To help celebrate the start of a new season, I present this Opening Day-themed crossword puzzle for you to enjoy. You can also solve the puzzle online here or print out a PDF.

Puzzle


Across

1. Bridge support

6. Blue Moon ____, former pitcher for A's

10. ___ Young, hit Rockies' first homer in first game in Coors Field (4/9/93)

14. Blood carrier

15. Hector ___, Cardinal who homered in first MLB at-bat (4/8/04)

16. ____ Averill, homered Opening Day 1929 (was also his first MLB at-bat)

17. Judges in Islamic countries

18. Freshman, probably

19. In person

20. President who threw out two balls, one left-handed and one right-handed, on Opening Day

22. Donovan ___, Padres' first-round pick in 2009

24. Little bird

25. Hawaiian strings

27. Sixto ____, only player to hit grand slam on two Opening Days (1978, 1980)

29. Ted ____, had at least one hit in each of his 14 Opening Day games over 19 seasons

33. Bank offering, for short

34. Needle case

35. Famously removed from a lineup on 6/2/1925

37. Ashburn ____, Citizens Bank Park feature

41. "Andy Capp" cartoonist Smythe

42. Lieu

44. Australian runner

45. Middle name of Jimmie Foxx

48. Two-handed sandwich

49. "... there is no ___ angel but Love": Shakespeare

50. Word before "That's gotta hurt!"

52. Don ____, only pitcher with homers on two different Opening Days (1959, 1965)

54. Walter ____, pitched record nine Opening Day shutouts

58. Matty, Felipe or Jesus

59. Grba or Whiteside

60. Warty hopper

62. The Human ____, nickname of ex-NBAer Marvin Webster

66. Cecil ___, White Sox' first round pick in 1980

68. Come down hard

70. Father, Son and Holy Ghost

71. ____ Frias, infielder who compiled 52 OPS+ over nine-year career

72. Prize since 1949

73. Josh ____, reliever for Mets 2012-3

74. Cause of cancellation of opening four-game series in Cleveland in 2007

75. Opportune

76. NBA's Rajon ___

Down

1. Boor's lack

2. Big laugh

3. Language of Lahore

4. Incentives

5. Kazuhiro ____, saved 129 games for Mariners 2000-3

6. Former Rangers 3B prospect now with Cubs

7. The Everly Brothers, e.g.

8. 1993 NBA Rookie of the Year

9. Matt ____, saved 29 games for D-backs in 2003

10. Moray, e.g.

11. Indian sauce with coriander and cumin

12. Middle name of Justin Upton

13. Maikel ___, reliever with cups of coffee with Cards 2011-3

21. Some tides

23. Cornell of Cornell University

26. Burch ___, Padres rookie pitcher in 2013

28. McLish or Eldred

29. "___ #1!"

30. Any thing

31. Julio ___, Devil Rays shortstop 2003-6

32. Floor it

36. Gold Glove winner for Diamondbacks in 2011, 2013

38. Bulgarian currency

39. Middle name of Brandon Phillips

40. Christmas season

43. Brian ___, surprising star of 1978 World Series

46. A Darling

47. Current manager of KC Royals

49. _____ Nunez, Yankees' reserve infielder 2010-3

51. Harry ____, HOFer who was first to lead off each game of doubleheader with a homer (1913)

53. Photocopier attachment

54. Army vehicles

55. Gregg ____, 1989 AL Rookie of the Year

56. ____ Vaughn, led NL in wins in 1918

57. One of the Judds

61. Eyesore

63. Coach tugging on his cap, perhaps

64. "Idylls of the King" character

65. Site of the 2013 Triple-A All-Star Game

67. Churchyard tree in "Romeo and Juliet"

69. Alternative to white

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