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New York Times, Monday, September 24, 2018

With 36-Across, popular program usually shown back to back with 18-Across

Author:
Michael Black
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Michael Black

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 35 Missing: {Z} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Black. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Michael Black notes:
Given the theme, I originally made this a pangram, but with answers that Will thought were too much for a Monday — ergo, a Z is ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Whoever runs NBC's schedule has to be a crossword person. Has to! How else can you explain how tidily the following lengths match up: ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

In 2003, Patrick Merrell had both a Wheel of Fortune and a Jeopardy! puzzle.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0924 ( 25,157 )
Across
1
Just one year, for Venus and Serena Williams : AGEGAP
7
Small plumbing problem : DRIP
11
___-Caps (candy) : SNO
14
It gets beaten at a party : PINATA
15
McEntire with a twang in her voice : REBA
16
Long, long time : EON
17
Remove, as from a belt : UNCLIP
18
Popular program usually shown back to back with 34-/36-Across : JEOPARDY
20
Strong brews : ALES
22
Speaker's place : SOAPBOX
23
Host of 18-Across : ALEXTREBEK
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One of four on a fork : TINE
28
Anger : FURY
29
Some hospital pics : MRIS
30
Ham and lamb : MEATS
31
Immigrant's class, for short : ESL
32
Money that may go in a slot : COIN
33
Purchase at Citgo : GAS
34
With 36-Across, popular program usually shown back to back with 18-Across : WHEELOF
36
See 34-Across : FORTUNE
40
Engine cooler : FAN
41
Lose vibrancy, as from exposure to sunlight : FADE
42
H.S. proficiency exam : GED
43
Vegas hot spot, with "the" : STRIP
46
One-liner : QUIP
47
Smelting refuse : SLAG
48
Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan's ___ Sea : ARAL
49
Co-host of 34-/36-Across : VANNAWHITE
51
"You can stop explaining the joke to us" : WEGETIT
53
Peter, Paul and Mary, e.g. : TRIO
54
Co-host of 34-/36-Across : PATSAJAK
56
Notices : ESPIES
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"Who am ___ say?" : ITO
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Actress ___ Flynn Boyle : LARA
62
Kathmandu native : NEPALI
63
Cookbook amt. : TSP
64
"___ Eyes" (Eagles hit) : LYIN
65
It shakes things up : TREMOR
Down
1
Kwik-E-Mart clerk on "The Simpsons" : APU
2
Alcohol that's transparent : GIN
3
Accompanier of a letter inside an env. : ENC
4
Samsung product : GALAXY
5
At an angle : ATILT
6
Movie for which Tatum O'Neal won an Oscar : PAPERMOON
7
Nickname for Erving in the old N.B.A. : DRJ
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___ Pieces : REESES
9
Onetime Apple product : IBOOK
10
One of the Three Bears : PAPA
11
Country below Hungary : SERBIA
12
"Stop, I beg you!" : NODONT
13
Banded gems : ONYXES
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Precollege exam that offers college credit : APTEST
21
Sans ___ (font type) : SERIF
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Not many : AFEW
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Like green, green vegetation : LUSH
25
Writer ___ Stanley Gardner : ERLE
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Big storage item : BIN
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Mother with a foal : MARE
32
Applaud : CLAP
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Aunt or uncle, sometimes : GODPARENT
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Does one's taxes online : EFILES
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Like light from a far-off star : FAINT
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Unattractive fruit : UGLI
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"Awesome!" : NEAT
39
Perimeter : EDGE
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"Ain't we got ___?" : FUN
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Ditch for cutting timber : SAWPIT
44
Pays for everyone : TREATS
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Convertible, in slang : RAGTOP
46
From Doha, e.g. : QATARI
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Quaint store : SHOPPE
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Golfer Singh who won the 2000 Masters : VIJAY
50
More sagacious : WISER
52
Always bumping one's head on doorways, say : TALL
55
Topeka's home: Abbr. : KAN
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"Are you?" response : IAM
58
"Strange Magic" band, in brief : ELO
59
Ma'am's counterpart : SIR

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

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