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Friday, February 21, 2014
Spring training Q&A crossword puzzle

By Diane Firstman

Baseball is back. Pitchers, catchers and their teammates have gathered in Florida and Arizona. To celebrate the return of our beloved pastime, I offer you this "spring training"-themed crossword puzzle for you to enjoy. You can also solve the puzzle online here or print out a PDF from that site.

Crossword

Across

1. Tower over
6. "Star Trek" weapon
12. Nationals reliever Fernando ____
16. Like "The X-Files"
17. Rock salt
18. Go bad
19. "2013 ended poorly for you and the team, didn't it?"
22. Mike ___, first overall pick in 1970 draft
23. "Raiders of the Lost ___"
24. Kind of fin
25. Dick or his son Robb
26. Closer's stat (abbr.)
27. Last stop before MLB
30. Airheaded
31. "Rays Live" co-host, who was Randy Johnson's 1st strikeout victim
35. ___ Alamos, N.M.
36. Birthplace of Hiroki Kuroda
37. White Sox 2013 rookie pitcher Johnson
40. Gun found behind the plate
43. Diner inits.
44. ___ and outs
46. Koufax postgame soak
47. "Did you demand a trade? Will you test free agency?"
51. Meas. of the importance/difficulty of a reliever's situation
52. Former French coin
53. "Star Trek" rank: Abbr.
54. Marlins 2013 rookie pitcher Edgar ____
55. Middle name of Brandon Phillips
57. Lonn ____, COO of Yankees
59. Schuss, e.g.
60. Guantanamo Bay, as an example
66. Power glitch
68. In-flight info, for short
69. Hockey's Bobby or baseball's Pete
70. Hurry
71. About 60% of the world's inhabitants
73. ___ lab
74. "Carmina Burana" composer
75. "Looks like you lost some weight in the offseason!"
80. ____ Appling, nicknamed "Old aches and pains"
81. Wellesley grad
82. Carl ___, Pro Football HOF enshrinee in 2004
83. Fencing blade
84. Subtly suggests
85. Masons' creations

Down

1. ___ DeShields, 1st-round pick of Expos in 1987
2. HOFer ejected 94 times as a manager
3. Colorless, flammable extremely poisonous gas with an odor like garlic
4. Baptism, for one
5. Effeminate
6. Site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
7. "Listen!"
8. "Aladdin" prince
9. "___ boom bah!"
10. Biblical verb ending
11. Ryan ___, Pirates 2013 rookie pitcher
12. With one leg on each side of something
13. Major theme of Sinclair Lewis novels "Main Street" and "Babbitt"
14. Atmospheres
15. How deadpan jokes are delivered
20. Overhangs
21. Pop
26. Mall units
27. The ability to feel or perceive sensations (var.)
28. Thick ___ brick
29. Garrett ___, hit 75 homers for Rockies 2006-8
32. Eastern European
33. Airhead
34. "You ___?"
38. UN agency concerned with civil aviation
39. Pitcher Jimmy or national anthem lyricist Francis Scott
40. Anger, with "up"
41. "Beg pardon ..."
42. Homer-prone Indians reliever of the early 2000s
43. Robert Ludlum hero searching for his identity
45. Bram who created Dracula
48. Post-it, for example
49. "What's gotten ___ you?"
50. One of two Indians relievers killed in 1993 Spring Training boating accident
56. Inheritor
58. Giants slugger with 511 career homers
59. "Beat it!"
61. Rusty Staub and Andre Dawson's retired Expo uniform numbers
62. Like some yogurt
63. Will Clark's nickname (with "The")
64. Towering figure in French engineering
65. Directs (to)
66. Expensive fur
67. Deplete
72. Catch, as flies during batting practice
73. Spanish lady
74. Stewpot
76. A pint, maybe
77. Place
78. Dash lengths
79. Churchyard tree in "Romeo and Juliet"

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