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FOOD ENGINEERING

New York Times, Sunday, January 26, 2020

Org. behind 14 of the 15 most-watched TV broadcasts in U.S. history

Author:
Erik Agard
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Erik Agard

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 77 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 53 for Mr. Agard. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: When this puzzle is finished, change one letter in the last word in the answer to each asterisked clue to name a food. The replacement letters, in order, will spell an appropriate phrase.
Will Shortz notes:
Erik Agard, 26, became the crossword editor of USA Today in December, the youngest in the paper's history. He's also a former national crossword champion and a three-day champion on ... read more
Erik Agard notes:
I made a bit of a tactical error in building this grid around 62-Down. I construct most of my themed puzzles this way, starting with a seed answer that intersects one or more of the theme ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Here are the foods that can be formed: JEANS BEANS FLIES FRIES GRAPHS GRAPES CURRENTS CURRANTS STEAL STEAK CAMBAGE CABBAGE BOOTH BROTH POPPER PEPPER PASTE PASTA VANISH DANISH ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times1/26/20 ( No. 25,646 )
Across
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It got some "Xtra" flavor in 2001 : MRPIBB
7
San Antonio pro : SPUR
11
Atkins diet no-no : CARB
15
What's called a cashpoint by Brits : ATM
18
Wage ___ : EARNER
19
Add to the team : HIRE
20
___ squash : ACORN
22
One-named singer with the 2014 hit "Chandelier" : SIA
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*Looks that can be difficult to pull off : SKINNYJEANS
25
*"It's 2 a.m. already?!" : TIMEFLIES
27
Half up-front? : SEMI
28
Tikka masala go-with : NAAN
29
Gravitate (toward) : TEND
31
Singer Morissette : ALANIS
32
Actress de Armas of "Knives Out" : ANA
34
"How was ___ know?" : ITO
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Place for speakers : DAIS
37
Trig function : SINE
38
*Data visuals similar to histograms : BARGRAPHS
41
*Swimming hazards in the ocean : RIPCURRENTS
44
Crossword-loving detective on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" : AMY
45
___ Dhabi : ABU
46
Celebrations of lives, for short : OBITS
48
Dance arrangements, familiarly : CHOREO
49
One making frequent pitching changes? : YODELER
51
Back of the neck : NAPE
52
It's spoken in Aberdeen : SCOTS
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"Who ___ knows?" : ELSE
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Elderly : AGED
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"I call dibs!" : MINE
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[I'm mad!] : GRR
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Honor for a play : OBIE
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Place in the earth : INTER
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South African currency : RAND
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Operatic showpiece : ARIA
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*"Man, that was cheap!" : WHATASTEAL
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*Holder of the single-game W.N.B.A. scoring record (53 points) : LIZCAMBAGE
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Something to do before a deal : ANTE
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Super, in slang : ACES
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Lisa who "ate no basil," in a palindrome : BONET
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Missiles and such : ARMS
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Animal in a "Sound of Music" song : DOE
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Big Super Bowl purchase : TVAD
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Easy as falling off ___ : ALOG
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Nickname for a really thin guy : SLIM
76
What Mercury and Venus lack : MOONS
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Religious observance that's also a past-tense verb : LENT
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"That ship has sailed" : TOOLATE
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Small-time : TWOBIT
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Cause of red-eye : FLASH
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Ate : HAD
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Regret : RUE
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*Diner choice : CORNERBOOTH
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*Something visually arresting : EYEPOPPER
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Chief : HEAD
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Coin with 12 stars on one side : EURO
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Ancient greeting : AVE
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El Misisipi, e.g. : RIO
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Source of some South American wool : ALPACA
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Get groceries, say : SHOP
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Sole : LONE
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Film excerpt : CLIP
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*Duplicate, in word processing : COPYPASTE
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*Disappear suddenly : UPANDVANISH
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Long-handled tool : HOE
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One with a track record : RACER
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Spore producer : FERN
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Keys of some songs : ALICIA
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Loan fig. : APR
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Political worker : AIDE
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"A fickle food," per Emily Dickinson : FAME
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Superlatively pleasant : NICEST
Down
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Children's playroom, often : MESS
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Zen garden accessory : RAKE
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Running argument? : PRIMARYDEBATE
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Frame in a box score : INNING
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Hebrew for "son" : BEN
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___ Mawr College : BRYN
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Sword's place : SHEATH
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Almost a score of Mozart compositions : PIANOSONATAS
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Receptacle for ancient Greek votes : URN
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11-Down and such : REST
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Small siestas : CATNAPS
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Low-pH : ACIDIC
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Follower of CD : ROM
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La ___ Tar Pits : BREA
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Donkeyish : ASININE
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Have a connection with : TIEINTO
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Hordes : MASSES
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Org. behind 14 of the 15 most-watched TV broadcasts in U.S. history : NFL
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Capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan : JAIPUR
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They help with printing and pointing : LASERS
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Made line changes : EDITED
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Body of water greatly shrunk by 1960s Soviet irrigation : ARALSEA
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To the point : SUCCINCT
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Howl : BAY
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Opposite of the Latin "odi" : AMO
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Busy as ___ : ABEE
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Less green, say : RIPER
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Title woman in a #1 Beach Boys hit : RHONDA
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Learn by ___ : ROTE
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Score of zero, in slang : BAGEL
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Ins : ELITE
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Pollution portmanteau : SMAZE
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People who would object to this clue because of it's punctuation : GRAMMARPOLICE
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Fixes : RIGS
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Issa of "Insecure" : RAE
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"How disastrous!" : OHNO
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"No way!" : ITCANTBE
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Nonnegotiable things : NEEDS
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Sound a warning : RINGTHEALARM
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Spanish month that anagrams to a zodiac sign : ABRIL
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Bit of gum : WAD
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___-faire : SAVOIR
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Birds on Minnesota state quarters : LOONS
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Bad smell : MALODOR
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"Ugh!" : BLEAH
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-elect : TOBE
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Alarmingly : ALLTOO
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Daytime TV fare : SOAP
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Back-to-school time : MONDAY
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"Well, that's that!" : THEEND
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Follower of 76-Down: Abbr. : TUE
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Suffix with election : EER
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Skater's leap : TOELOOP
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Candy discard : WRAPPER
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Not to go : FORHERE
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Ballroom dance from Cuba : CHACHA
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Sent packing : OUSTED
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Actress De Carlo of "The Munsters" : YVONNE
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Out-eat? : PICNIC
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E.M.T.'s procedure : CPR
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Tiny battery : AAAA
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Smoke : PUFF
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Welsh form of "John" : EVAN
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Goddess pictured with a solar disk above her : ISIS
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Excellent, in dated slang : PHAT
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Grade school subj. : SCI
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Shade of green : PEA
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Muslim-American icon : ALI

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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