(Blogathon ’16!) Diane Firstman: Baseball Crossword Puzzle

This guest-post is part of the 2016 Baseball Continuum Blogathon For Charity, benefiting the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. The Roswell Park Alliance Foundation is the charitable arm of Roswell Park Cancer Institute and funds raised will be “put to immediate use to increase the pace from research trials into improved clinical care, to ensure state-of-the-art facilities, and to help improve the quality of life for patients and their families.” Please donate through the Blogathon’s GoFundMe page. Also, please note that the opinions and statements of the writer are not necessarily those of the Baseball Continuum or it’s webmaster.

One of the regular features at “Value Over Replacement Grit” is a baseball-themed crossword puzzle. I’ve created one especially for the blogathon, and hope you enjoy it! The answer key will be put up tomorrow at 9 AM.

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Across

1. “Planet of the ___”

5. Literally, “king”

9. Fergie, formally

14. Em, to Dorothy

15. Outfielder Nori ___

16. Ancient assembly area

17. Web gem, often

20. “Dallas” matriarch Miss ___

21. Annul

22. Beaned Astros shortstop Dickie ____

23. LAD/NYM, CHC/STL met in these in 2015 (abbr)

25. “___ Like It Hot”

27. Storyteller

30. Yankee shortstop Gregorius

31. Software program, briefly

34. Fishing, perhaps

35. All excited

37. Walker or Dierker

39. 1906 World Series champions

42. Uni number of Andy Etchebarren

43. “I’m ___ you!”

44. After-bath wear

45. Result of game one of 1907 World Series

46. Cutlass, e.g.

48. Stole 504 bases between 1981-1987

50. Like a stuffed shirt

51. Chad ___, Indians swingman 1994-1998

52. Middle name of Joe Tinker

55. “Mi chiamano Mimi,” e.g.

57. Gregg ___, saved 160 games for Orioles from 1989-1993

61. Weak-hitting reserve middle infielder for Rockies 2005-2009

64. Exquisite curio

65. “Our Time in ___” (10,000 Maniacs album)

66. Won 65 games for Boston Braves 1946-1948

67. Phi ___ Jama, nickname of Houston’s NCAA basketball team in 1983

68. Times or Century

69. Catchers on scorecards

 

Down

1. After Aardsma and the Aarons in Baseball Encyclopedia

2. Terry ___, lone Astros All-Star in 1978

3. Carbon compound

4. Terry ___, A’s catcher 1986-1996

5. Was idle

6. Falcon-headed Egyptian god

7. Like, with “to”

8. Its said to be 20-20

9. Pitcher’s plate appearance result with runners on, often

10. Banded stone

11. Middle name of Ken Forsch

12. With the bow, in music

13. Jesse ___, former Padre who became A’s starting pitcher in 2015

18. Aaron ___, threw 844 innings and won 69 games 1998-2001

19. Through the uprights

24. Downer

26. ___ Wilcox, Tigers hurler of late ’70s-early ’80s

27. Aspect

28. Kazuhisa ___, won 36 games for Dodgers from 2002-2004

29. Ecru

30. Scott ___, led AL in games pitched (81) in 2007

31. Flaming felony

32. Investigate

33. Eucharist vessels

36. Exclamation uttered in “Peanuts”

38. Trapeze whiz

40. Bit

41. Dane or Garth

47. Hilo feast

49. Long, long time

50. Late Sen. Thurmond

51. Like Cheerios

52. Walk and Moose

53. Middle name of Brandon Phillips

54. Big Indian

56. ___-European

58. Cole ___

59. Assortment

60. Indian breads

62. In the capacity of

63. Tidbit for an aardvark

Diane Firstman wanted to be the first female general manager in the Majors, but a degree in Athletic Administration and an internship with the Elias Sports Bureau didn’t bear fruit. So, she toils by day as a data analyst for the City of New York, crunching large data sets and using SPSS and Excel.  She was the first “fan” to start a blog over at MLB.COM in 2005, and her “Diamonds are for Humor” was voted “Best Comedic Blog” that year. More recently, she contributed quirky stories and analysis to the “Humbug Journal” blog at Baseball Toaster, had an essay included in the “Lasting Yankee Stadium Memories” anthology, and offered game recaps and offbeat statistical analysis at the “Bronx Banter” site. Her “Value Over Replacement Grit” has been going strong since April 2011, and is part of ESPN’s “Sweet Spot” network of baseball blogs. She has also written for ESPN.com and the Village Voice.

This guest-post has been part of the 2016 Baseball Continuum Blogathon For Charity, benefiting the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. The Roswell Park Alliance Foundation is the charitable arm of Roswell Park Cancer Institute and funds raised will be “put to immediate use to increase the pace from research trials into improved clinical care, to ensure state-of-the-art facilities, and to help improve the quality of life for patients and their families.” Please donate through the Blogathon’s GoFundMe page. Also, please note that the opinions and statements of the writer are not necessarily those of the Baseball Continuum or it’s webmaster.

 

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