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New York Times, Friday, April 1, 2016

Comedian who married Joyce Mathews in 1941, divorced her in 1947 and married her again in 1949 "because she reminded me of my first wife"

Author:
Peter Gordon
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Gordon

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQVX} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 98 for Mr. Gordon. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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Having gone 13 years without writing a New York Times crossword, I was quite surprised when Will Shortz contacted me and asked me to ... read more
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All good things must end but I, for one, am sad to see NYT Crosswords wrap up. At least I'll now have time to work on my table tennis game.

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© 2016, The New York Times4/1/16 ( No. 24,251 )

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Across
1
Sister brand of Scope : ORALB
6
Like blackjack hands with an ace counted as 11 : SOFT
10
Feature of a modern zoo : MOAT
14
Athlete who uses steroids : DOPER
15
Decorative enamelware : CLOISONNE
17
With 34-, 40- and 60-Across, a somber message for our loyal fans : DUETOBUDGETCUTS
19
Led astray : SEDUCED
20
Agrostologists' study : GRASSES
21
Bud : PAL
22
"Whoopee!" : YAY
23
Letters before Kitty Hawk : USS
26
Feet, in slang : DOGS
29
Fruit with yellow skin : CASABA
34
See 17-Across : THENEWYORKTIMES
37
The Gaels of collegiate sports : IONA
38
Actress Issa ___ of "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" : RAE
39
Shield from the elements : TARP
40
See 17-Across : CROSSWORDPUZZLE
45
Make less flat : AERATE
46
You might put stock in it : SOUP
47
Gloaming, to a sonneteer : EEN
48
2 letters : ABC
50
Pennsylvania and others: Abbr. : RRS
52
Inability to sense smells : ANOSMIA
56
Vigorous reprimand : RIOTACT
60
See 17-Across : WILLENDTOMORROW
62
Large marine fish tanks : OCEANARIA
63
Cardio option : TAEBO
64
"___ Darkness Fall" (L. Sprague de Camp novel) : LEST
65
Chew (out) : REAM
66
Collects a DNA sample from, say : SWABS
Down
1
Parimutuel calculation : ODDS
2
Marquis de Sade, e.g. : ROUE
3
Made like : APED
4
Pause : LETUP
5
Fancy fabric : BROCADE
6
Long-range guided missile : SCUD
7
"___ New Hampshire" (state song) : OLD
8
Not clear : FOGGY
9
Closet organizer : TIERACK
10
Comfy footwear : MOCS
11
Responsibility : ONUS
12
Play money? : ANTE
13
1980 Oscar nominee directed by Roman Polanski : TESS
16
Patronize, as a hotel : STAYAT
18
Later in the text : BELOW
23
Capital of the Roman province of Africa : UTICA
24
Coast : SHORE
25
"Sí" man? : SENOR
27
Sandwich topped with tzatziki sauce : GYRO
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Goes up, up, up : SOARS
30
___ bath : SITZ
31
Blow away : AMAZE
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Comedian who married Joyce Mathews in 1941, divorced her in 1947 and married her again in 1949 "because she reminded me of my first wife" : BERLE
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Winter X Games host city : ASPEN
35
Curiosity org. : NASA
36
Overhaul : REDO
41
Thing with a filament : STAMEN
42
Online course : WEBINAR
43
Holiday a month before Passover : PURIM
44
Pulls out : UPROOTS
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Military group : CADRE
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Drinker's bender? : STRAW
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Taking unauthorized R&R : AWOL
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"Good going!" : NICE
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Shouts of support : OLES
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Crib part : SLAT
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Go here and there : ROAM
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Bay or gray follower : AREA
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His .366 lifetime batting average is the best ever : COBB
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Yahtzee category : TWOS
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Quinceañera invitee : TIA

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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