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New York Times, Saturday, November 26, 2016

Country of 180+ million people that has never participated in the Winter Olympics

Author:
Paolo Pasco
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQXYZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Pasco.
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© 2016, The New York Times11/26/16 ( No. 24,490 )
Across
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Facebook acquired it in 2014 for $19.3 billion : WHATSAPP
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Coffee shop menu adjective : ICED
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Narrator of Broadway's "Hamilton" : AARONBURR
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Dungeons & Dragons class : MAGE
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Sci-fi hit whose tagline is "Bring him home" : THEMARTIAN
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Core component : IRON
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Japanese honorific : SAN
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Subway alternative : PANERA
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Org. featured in 16-Across : NASA
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"Pick me! Pick me!" : OHOH
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Hit the big time : MADEIT
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___ wrestling : MUD
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Brazilian state capital : NATAL
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Religious period dating from A.D. 622 : MUSLIMERA
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Just not done? : RAW
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Drinking game where each bar that's visited is considered a hole : PUBGOLF
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Like 38-Down : ROMAN
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Locks in place for a while? : PERMS
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The orangutan, in "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" : CULPRIT
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Not at all sharp : DIM
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Like noir detective novels, typically : HARDEDGED
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Leaves on the menu? : SALAD
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Going by : AKA
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Some farm vehicles : DEERES
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Asian appetizer : SATE
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Lead-in to -drome : VELO
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Something seen on cold days : BREATH
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Sanders, for one: Abbr. : SEN
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Longfellow's "Evangeline," e.g. : EPIC
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Stereotypical wear for a crackpot theorist : TINFOILHAT
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Reggae's Peter : TOSH
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Swedish pop group whose 1994 hit "The Sign" was #1 for six weeks : ACEOFBASE
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Stops waffling : OPTS
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In force? : ENLISTED
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See 4-Down : WATSON
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"You think you're soooo funny ..." : HAHAHA
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Playground rejoinder : ARENOT
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With 1-Down, five-time winner of the British Open : TOM
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Breeze : SNAP
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Presidential middle name : ABRAM
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General Israel of the American Revolution : PUTNAM
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Raised, as a trapdoor : PRIEDUP
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"Deal!" : IMIN
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Sticky treats : CARAMELS
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Search for oneself on Google, e.g. : EGOSURF
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Response to "Gracias" : DENADA
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Stands on the hind legs, in dialect : RARESUP
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Covered area near the fingertip : NAILBED
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Kid-lit character with a "Purple Crayon" : HAROLD
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River flowing from the Garden of Eden, in the Bible : TIGRIS
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Clobbered, in British slang : LAMPED
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May honorees, colloquially : MOMMAS
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Cost of fighting? : WARDEBT
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Definitely not a city slicker : RURALIST
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Country of 180+ million people that has never participated in the Winter Olympics : NIGERIA
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Snackable treat on a stick : CAKEPOP
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Ancient playwright who specialized in New Comedy : TERENCE
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Can't help but : HAVETO
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Pound with sound : DEAFEN
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Suddenly attack : LASHAT
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Chilling : ATEASE
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Made a bad impression on : DENTED
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Stand-up comedian's prop, often : STOOL
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Adolph who coined the motto "All the News That's Fit to Print" : OCHS
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Player of oldies when they were newies : HIFI
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Birth announcement info: Abbr. : LBS

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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