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New York Times, Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Author:
Matthew Sewell
Editor:
Will Shortz
Dynamic basketball sequence represented by the starts of 17-, 23-, 30-, 40- and 49-Across
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 39 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Sewell.
Matthew Sewell notes:
This became a pangram by accident: I had something different in the bottom-middle, but while writing the clues I noticed a minor ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I love me some fantasy basketball, so getting a BLOCK to REBOUND to PASS to DRIBBLE to SHOOT to TAKING OFF FROM THE FREE THROW LINE, ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times1/18/17 ( No. 24,543 )
Across
1
Scanned bars, for short : UPC
4
Roundup targets : WEEDS
9
Cries from bleachers : RAHS
13
Word in Brazilian city names : SAO
14
"Game time!" : ITSON
15
Not suitable : INAPT
17
Platform sandal feature : BLOCKHEEL
19
"Next year in Jerusalem" meal : SEDER
20
Blast from the past : OLDIE
21
Jon with the 1992 hit "Just Another Day" : SECADA
22
Forever and a day : EONS
23
Boyfriend after a breakup, perhaps : REBOUNDGUY
27
Classic Jaguar : XKE
28
Bert who played the Cowardly Lion : LAHR
29
Klutz's utterance : OOPS
30
Render a verdict : PASSJUDGMENT
35
Bard of Gaelic legend : OSSIAN
36
___ Chihuahua (tiny dog) : TEACUP
40
Novelty shop buy : DRIBBLEGLASS
44
High point : ACME
47
Soho send-off : TATA
48
Actress Arthur of "Maude" : BEA
49
Space Invaders and Asteroids, for two : SHOOTEMUPS
52
Airport rental : CART
53
Neil Patrick ___ of "How I Met Your Mother" : HARRIS
54
One-eighty : UTURN
56
Dance around, as an issue : EVADE
57
Dynamic basketball sequence represented by the starts of 17-, 23-, 30-, 40- and 49-Across : FASTBREAK
61
Find new tenants for : RELET
62
"Ran" director Kurosawa : AKIRA
63
Texter's "Didn't need to know that" : TMI
64
Abysmal score : ZERO
65
Persian Gulf emirate : QATAR
66
Census datum : SEX
Down
1
Kind of port for a flash drive : USB
2
Inept boxers, in slang : PALOOKAS
3
Hipster's quality : COOLNESS
4
Collaborative online reference : WIKI
5
Anesthetic of old : ETHER
6
Language suffix : ESE
7
Female caribou : DOE
8
TV show on which "The Chanukah Song" debuted, informally : SNL
9
Like a fully cooked soufflé : RISEN
10
Not based on fact or research : ANECDOTAL
11
Tried one's luck : HADAGO
12
Floored it : SPEDUP
16
Cafeteria stack : TRAYS
18
Components of some I.R.A.s : CDS
21
___ du Québec (police force) : SURETE
22
Comic-Con, e.g. : EXPO
24
Ancient times, in ancient times : ELD
25
Do a job at the checkout aisle : BAG
26
Resistance unit : OHM
31
Fries or slaw, usually : SIDEORDER
32
Musician's tip collector : JAR
33
Joins forces (with) : UNITES
34
Like rarer blood types: Abbr. : NEG
37
Song-and-dance shows : CABARETS
38
POTUS in Twitter's @POTUS, e.g. : USERNAME
39
Exam with a max score of 1520 : PSAT
41
"Ka-POW!" : BAM
42
A/C measure : BTU
43
Place for a grandchild, maybe : LAP
44
One of the 12 tribes of Israel : ASHER
45
Labor organizer Cesar : CHAVEZ
46
A pep talk may boost it : MORALE
50
Connect with : TIETO
51
Kama ___ : SUTRA
52
Ill-tempered mutt : CUR
55
Rope tow alternative : TBAR
57
Website's help section, briefly : FAQ
58
Rap sheet letters : AKA
59
Gather dust : SIT
60
Cereal made with a "puffing gun" : KIX

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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