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The Crossword, June 24: Nine Lives (Themeless)

Pitcher NiJaree Canady #24 of the Stanford Cardinals winds up for a pitch to the Texas Longhorns in the first inning during the 2024 NCAA Women's College World Series at OGE Energy Field at Devon Park on June 3, 2024 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Texas won 1-0 to advance to the finals.
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54-Down: Softball stats

We're wrapping up the month with a challenging themeless—keep an eye out for tricky clues and fun wordplay. This week's puzzle was constructed by Claire Rimkus and edited by Hoang-Kim Vu. Claire is a chemist from Massachusetts who enjoys solving and making puzzles. They are a Boston Bruins diehard, an avid follower of the WNBA, and (most recently) a PWHL Boston fan.

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