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New York Times, Monday, May 29, 2017

When TV viewership peaks ... or a hint to 17-, 24-, 36- and 53-Across

Author:
Jeff Chen and Seth Geltman
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 77, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 70 for Mr. Chen. This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Geltman.
Constructor notes:
SETH: Jeff and I have collaborated since 2014, and it's great fun. For this one, we wrote around 150 emails, some of which read like an ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
16-wide grids can be surprisingly difficult. Just one extra column creates such challenges. One of the bigger issues is that I hate going above ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times5/29/17 ( No. 24,674 )
Across
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TV network whose logo is an eye : CBS
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Singer Mitchell who wrote "Woodstock" (but didn't attend) : JONI
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Whole : ENTIRE
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The "A" of I.P.A. : ALE
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Former Israeli P.M. Ehud : BARAK
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___ Tunes (Warner Bros. cartoons) : LOONEY
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Epoch of rare distinction : GOLDENAGE
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Tool for the Grim Reaper : SCYTHE
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Opposites of true believers : INFIDELS
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Optima and Cadenza car company : KIA
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"If only ___ listened ..." : HED
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Archie's wife on "All in the Family" : EDITH
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Topic of a happy annual report : BANNERYEAR
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___ Pieces : REESES
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Celestial Seasonings product : TEA
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Greet with humility : BOWTO
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Jul. follower : AUG
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Dow Jones stat. : AVG
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Shocked response : GASP
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Something circled on a calendar : REDLETTERDAY
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Second-largest Hawaiian island : MAUI
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Aperitif with black currant liqueur : KIR
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___ Paulo, Brazil : SAO
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Darkest part of a shadow : UMBRA
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Bro, e.g. : SIB
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Concepts not meant to be questioned : DOGMAS
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Period of supreme courage and achievement : FINESTHOUR
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One-named rap star : DRAKE
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To and ___ : FRO
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Fact-gathering org. : CIA
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Do a perfunctory performance : MAILITIN
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Substituted "math" for "mass," say : LISPED
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When TV viewership peaks ... or a hint to 17-, 24-, 36- and 53-Across : PRIMETIME
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Timeless, to Shakespeare : ETERNE
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Houses in Havana : CASAS
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TV network whose logo is a peacock : NBC
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Puts back to 0, say : RESETS
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X-ray ___ (gag gift) : SPEX
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"We all ___ little mad sometimes": Norman Bates : GOA
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More evasive with the truth : CAGIER
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Marilyn Monroe, notably : BLONDE
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Something you reach out and take? : SELFIE
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Author Austen : JANE
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Toothbrush brand : ORALB
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Bothers the conscience of : NAGSAT
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Eisenhower, informally : IKE
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Borden milk mascot : ELSIE
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Like a diet lacking bread or pasta, for short : NOCARB
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Etch A Sketch or yo-yo : TOY
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Blocking someone's path : INTHEWAY
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Puts back in the oven : REHEATS
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Visine application : EYEDROP
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Tousled look of the recently woken : BEDHEAD
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Counterparts of dahs in Morse code : DITS
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Scoundrels : KNAVES
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In apple-pie order : NEAT
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Mind-body exercise : YOGA
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Sit and mope : SULK
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Performer with a fan : GEISHA
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One finally done with finals? : GRAD
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Kiss like an Eskimo : RUBNOSES
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Land of Blarney : EIRE
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Duo plus one : TRIO
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Idle drawings : DOODLES
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Part of a car's exhaust system : MUFFLER
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"You agree with me?," informally : AMIRITE
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Goal for a mountaineer : ASCENT
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Trumped-up charge : BUMRAP
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Fortitude : GRIT
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Beating at chess : MATING
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With hands on hips : AKIMBO
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___ Falls, N.Y. : SENECA
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Neap and ebb : TIDES
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Uplift : RAISE
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Big movie format : IMAX
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___-K (early schooling) : PRE
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Mac alternatives : PCS

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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