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New York Times, Thursday, November 2, 2017

Event held on the first Sunday in November, and whose path is recreated in this puzzle

Author:
Peter Sagal and Mike Selinker
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QXZ} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Sagal. This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Selinker. See all the celebrity crosswords.
Notepad: To mark the 75th anniversary of the New York Times crossword, which debuted in 1942, we are publishing a series of puzzles co-created by famous people who solve the Times crossword, working together with regular Times puzzle contributors.
This collaboration is by Peter Sagal, the host of NPR's "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!," working together with Mike Selinker, a game and puzzle designer in Renton, Wash. Their crossword is about something Peter is doing - and Mike says he's "definitely not capable of doing" - this very weekend.
The celebrity collaborations will continue periodically through the year.
More information about the making of today's puzzle appears in the Times's daily crossword column (nytimes.com/column/wordplay).
Constructor notes:
A couple years ago on the JoCo Cruise, I helped Peter Sagal out with the clues for a game show—I know, right?—and so it seemed about ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fun use of the NEW YORK MARATHON's course in this puzzle. It starts in Staten Island (Step 1), goes through Brooklyn (Step 2), etc., ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times11/2/17 ( No. 24,831 )

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Across
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Any of the Galápagos, e.g. : ISLA
5
Small cape : SPIT
9
Step 5: A show of contempt : BRONXCHEER
14
Freddie Mercury or Martin Sheen : STAGENAME
16
S.H.I.E.L.D.'s enemy, in Marvel comics : HYDRA
17
Little Dipper's place : URSAMINOR
18
Coming-out phrase : IMGAY
19
Epitome of easiness : PIE
20
Poppy products : OPIUMS
22
Noted government agent during Prohibition : NESS
23
Steps 4 and 6: A 1940s program : MANHATTANPROJECT
25
Car decal abbr. : AAA
27
Trump is often involved in these : BIDS
28
Step 3: An upper-class accent : QUEENSENGLISH
32
Site of arthroscopic surgery : KNEE
35
Profess : AVER
36
"Why, yes, I am, in fact, a cow" : MOO
37
Event held on the first Sunday in November, and whose path is recreated in this puzzle : NEWYORKMARATHON
42
Early metal? : ORE
43
Pizza maker John Schnatter's nickname : PAPA
44
Square for a white rook, in chess notation : AONE
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What each step in this puzzle lacks, in proper order : BOROUGH
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Actress Issa and others : RAES
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Draw on : USE
51
Step 2: An old baseball team : BROOKLYNDODGERS
54
Trounces, slangily : OWNS
57
Thickset : STOCKY
59
Interstellar sitcom star : ALF
61
Pilfers : LOOTS
63
Many teachers disallow it in footnotes : WIKIPEDIA
65
Sprite in "The Tempest" : ARIEL
66
"Knock yourself out" : IDONTMIND
67
Step 1: A passenger ship since 1817 : STATENISLANDFERRY
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Bunches : TONS
69
Attire, informally : TOGS
Down
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Was just on deck : ISUP
2
Busy retail area : STRIP
3
___ beam : LASER
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Istanbul commander : AGA
5
Made a petty verbal attack : SNIPED
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Freaks out : PANICS
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"That's it for me," in poker : IMOUT
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Life, for one : TERM
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Life force : CHI
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Item on the back of a pew : HYMNAL
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Lip : EDGE
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Period pieces : ERAS
13
Sea creatures that are a homophone of 47-Across : RAYS
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Face With Tears of Joy, e.g. : EMOJI
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Less gonzo : SANER
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Toe the line : OBEY
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Where Mumtaz Mahal is entombed : AGRA
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One of the Gabor sisters : EVA
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It may mean "I'm about to tell you you're wrong" : IMHO
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Any moment : SOON
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Fine-tune : HONE
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Pinch : salt :: ___ : butter : KNOB
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He was emperor at 16, dead at 30 : NERO
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Item by a basin : EWER
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Org. with a noted weekly research journal : AMA
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Work : OPUS
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Storms : RAGES
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European driver's concern: Abbr. : KPH
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Electrically stun : TASE
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Coup result : OUSTER
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Comment with the pinkie and forefinger extended upward : ROCKON
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Country singer Trace : ADKINS
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Where Zagazig is : EGYPT
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1982 Stevie Wonder title query : DOIDO
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"Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" medium : RADIO
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It might be supporting a cast : SLING
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Count of children's literature : OLAF
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Came out in : WORE
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Café ___ : NOIR
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Dunderhead : TWIT
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They're in : FADS
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Arch : SLY
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CPR provider : EMT

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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