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(38 Across) echelon (NOUN) 1. A troop, fleet, or airplane formation resembling a series of steps, in which each rank, ship or airplane extends behind and slightly to the right or left of the preceding one. 2. A diffraction grating consisting of a pile of plates of equal thickness arranged stepwise with a constant offset. (VERB) 1. To form in echelon. Derives from French: echello ladder, from Latin: scala.
Did You Know? (62 Across) Although Nolan Ryan retired from active pitching in Major League Baseball in 1993, he still holds the league record for most career strikeouts with 5,714. Ryan pitched with the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers, respectively. The Mets, Angels and Astros have all retired his number 34 jersey. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. In February of 2008, Ryan became president of the Texas Rangers' organization.
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