NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-9-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 57A Shapes of some dog treats: STEAKS because I didn’t know this. I thought dog treats were in the shape of bones. That’s what dogs like, right? Bones? Why would treats be in the shape of steaks? What do dogs know about steaks?

The theme of this puzzle seems to be baseball? Dodgers won tonight, by the way. Great game. And lolz at the Giants shift. Didn’t work! ROFL.

15A Its national animal is the beaver: CANADA. They have baseball in Canada.
26A Baseball team whose mascot is Screech the eagle, familiarly: NATS.
27A Sinking fastballs: SPLITTER. The Vulcan Change may be my favorite pitch name.

33A Start of a count: STRIKEONE. Sometimes Angel Hernandez gets it right. Hey, it could happen!
34A Conductor’s cry: ALLABOARD. Bases loaded.
35A Popular podcast genre: TRUECRIME. I’m looking at you, Houston Astros.
44A Sticky candy?: LOLLIPOP. Like a big curveball.
54A Place: ORIENT. I mean we call it Asia now, but sure.

Finished this one in 26:03.

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