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New York Times, Wednesday, November 2, 2016

After the N.F.L., the most-watched sports org. on U.S. television

Author:
Andrew Kingsley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 40 Missing: {Q} Spans: 2 Grid is asymmetric. This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Kingsley.
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© 2016, The New York Times11/2/16 ( No. 24,466 )
Across
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African land whose capital is N'Djamena : CHAD
5
Clumsy sort : CLOD
9
Printer problem : JAM
12
Like Inverted Jenny postage stamps : RARE
13
Fuel-yielding rock : SHALE
14
"I guess you didn't get the ___" : MEMO
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Wagering sites, for short : OTBS
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Onetime rival of TWA : PANAM
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Kelly Clarkson was the first one, informally : IDOL
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Start of a Mad Hatter riddle that went unanswered : WHYISARAVENLIKE
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After the N.F.L., the most-watched sports org. on U.S. television : NASCAR
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Just dandy : AOK
23
End of the riddle : AWRITINGDESK
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Golf or tennis coup : ACE
33
Small European finch : SERIN
34
Not so risky : SURER
35
Totally absorbed : RAPT
37
All-time best-selling Frank Sinatra album (1993) : DUETS
39
Marcel Duchamp's art style : DADA
40
Sign before Taurus : ARIES
42
Anglers' aids : LURES
44
School of whales : GAM
45
Start of a possible answer to the riddle : BECAUSEPOEWROTE
48
Org. in "Argo" : CIA
49
Typical user of a transistor radio : TEENER
50
End of the answer : ONBOTHOFTHEM
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1956 crisis site : SUEZ
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Be nuts about : ADORE
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Muscat's land : OMAN
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Flower that symbolizes purity : LILY
63
Sellers had three in "Dr. Strangelove" : ROLES
64
Smoke an e-cigarette : VAPE
65
Polo Grounds great Mel : OTT
66
Flat-bottomed boats of old : ARKS
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Comic Con, for one : EXPO
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Feature of the Budweiser logo : CROWN
2
Kind of yoga : HATHA
3
"We have the meats" chain : ARBYS
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"Two Women" director : DESICA
5
Blacken on a grill : CHAR
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Del Rey with the album "Ultraviolence" : LANA
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Norway's patron saint : OLAV
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Lower in status : DEMEAN
9
Warrior monk of sci-fi : JEDI
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Bad way to run : AMOK
11
Underground pest : MOLE
13
Traded verbal barbs : SPARRED
14
Caramel bite from Hershey : MILKDUD
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Dust-creating tools : SAWS
20
Often-rummy holiday drinks : NOGS
24
"Go me!" : IRULE
25
Bridgegate problem : TIEUP
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It's a start : INTRO
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First novel in Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle : ERAGON
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Give Xanax, say : SEDATE
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"Hipster doofus" on "Seinfeld" : KRAMER
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___ Spring (2010s movement) : ARAB
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Obama follower? : CARE
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"The Divine Comedy," e.g. : EPIC
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Knit item at a social : TEACOZY
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Does a slow burn : SEETHES
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Swords or cups, in tarot : SUIT
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___'Pea : SWEE
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Much of North Africa : SAHARA
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Take away : REMOVE
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Viking Ship Museum city : OSLO
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Night, in Nantes : NUIT
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Martial arts award : BELT
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Landfill emanation : ODOR
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Much coffeehouse music : FOLK
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Diez minus siete : TRES
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Upper limit, for short : MAX
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Facebook, on an iPhone or Galaxy : APP
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Prefix with classical : NEO

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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