A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

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Sun, 23 Oct '22
___ gun (alien zapper)
Thu, 6 Oct '22
Shiner?
Tue, 26 Jul '22
Beam of sunshine
Fri, 22 Jul '22
Line in geometry
Wed, 16 Mar '22
Tampa Bay pro
Tue, 25 May '21
Output from a sci-fi weapon
Fri, 8 Jan '21
Good name for a marine biologist?