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New York Times, Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Author:
Matthew Sewell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Matthew Sewell

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Sewell. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Matthew Sewell notes:
I hope solvers share my pleasure in seeing CALVINBALL in a New York Times puzzle. It's such an evocative idea of pure creative play, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I came so close to giving this the POW. It reminded me of a friend's tweet to the effect of "I would be so into fantasy football if I ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Clever theme.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0824 ( 24,396 )

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Across
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To-do list item : TASK
5
Skatepark features : RAMPS
10
Something in a KFC bucket : WING
14
YouTube journal : VLOG
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Main ingredient in soubise sauce : ONION
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Lake ___, home of Presque Isle : ERIE
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T-shaped crosses : TAUS
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Activity for Hobbes : CALVINBALL
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One of the Wilson sisters of rock's Heart : ANN
21
Cash crop in Colombia : COCA
22
Election-influencing org. : PAC
23
Activity for Anakin Skywalker : PODRACING
26
Colorful parrot : MACAW
30
Start, as an adventure : ENTERON
31
"I'll have another" : ONEMORE
33
Coastal inlet : RIA
34
Pro org. with Christmas Day games : NBA
35
___ neutrality : NET
36
Field of DraftKings and FanDuel ... or 18-, 23-, 52- and 58-Across? : FANTASYSPORTS
41
"Return to Amish" channel : TLC
42
Commandments possessive : THY
43
Duffer's delight : PAR
44
Flaky Greek pastry : BAKLAVA
47
Most perceptive : KEENEST
51
Adams who photographed Yosemite : ANSEL
52
Activity for Harry Potter : QUIDDITCH
54
Some univ. instructors : TAS
56
Mark Harmon police series : NCIS
57
Baseball's steroid ___ : ERA
58
Activity for Tigger and Eeyore : POOHSTICKS
62
X-rated stuff : SMUT
63
Andrea Bocelli delivery : ARIA
64
Texas landmark that shares its name with a tree : ALAMO
65
"Be on the lookout" alerts, for short : APBS
66
Wisher's place : WELL
67
Al who was A.L. M.V.P. in 1953 : ROSEN
68
___ buco : OSSO
Down
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VCR insert : TVTAPE
2
Families-and-friends support group : ALANON
3
The albums "Godspell" and "Jesus Christ Superstar," for two : SOUNDTRACKS
4
Metric weights: Abbr. : KGS
5
Ornate style : ROCOCO
6
Pain relief brand with early "hammers in the head" ads : ANACIN
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La Scala's home : MILAN
8
PBS documentary series since 1988 : POV
9
Do a mohel's job : SNIP
10
Part of a modern baby monitor : WEBCAM
11
T. Rowe Price offering, in brief : IRA
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Nothing, in soccer : NIL
13
Insole material : GEL
19
Identify : NAME
21
Jeweler's measure : CARAT
24
Jockey's strap : REIN
25
Oodles : GOBS
27
Minor argument : CONTRETEMPS
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Mars, to the Greeks : ARES
29
Like a dog's kiss : WET
32
Power ___ : NAP
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Bronx nine, on scoreboards : NYY
36
Custardy dessert : FLAN
37
Transport with mud tires, for short : ATV
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Hoops great O'Neal : SHAQ
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Pieces of punditry : OPEDS
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Indian princess : RANI
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Unknown, on a sched. : TBA
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Like arsenic in large amounts : LETHAL
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[sigh] : ALAS
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Sign on a prank victim's back : KICKME
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Holder of 1,000+ patents : EDISON
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Benchwarmers : SCRUBS
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"Honest?" : THATSO
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The last of the Mohicans, in Cooper's novel : UNCAS
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Magi's guide : STAR
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"Androcles and the Lion" thorn site : PAW
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1/100 of a Norwegian krone : ORE
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Gallery hanging : OIL
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Grp. that's an anagram of 60-Down : ILO
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___ Tomé and Príncipe : SAO

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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