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Crossword No. 436: Chain Reaction
1 Restaurant chain that purchased Buffalo Wild Wings last month for $2.9 billion in an acquisition that inspired this puzzle’s theme entries
6 Band that won the 2007 Grammy for Best Video for “Here It Goes Again”
10 Elementary info
14 Hit the town
15 Sushi bar option
16 Business agreement
17 Mystery writing award
18 Did very well at, as a job interview
20 Two chains merging to form a board game played with music blaring?
24 Not just my
25 Two chains merging to form Swee’Pea, all grown up now?
32 Spork feature
33 Forgetful actor’s request
34 Sound of a machine running
36 “The Great One” Gretzky
38 Place for flowers
39 Pack animal
41 Musician Sean ___ Lennon
42 Like Smurfette
44 Mighty force
45 Two chains merging to become convenient transportation to the middle of Australia?
50 Venerable reference book, for short
51 Its meetings are held after school
52 Two chains merging to form a steamy romance novel written by TV host Williams?
59 They’re bigger than bays
61 Sit in on, as a college class
64 Strongly encourage
65 Ward with the 1979 hit “Ring My Bell”
66 Music term that’s French for “key”
67 Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire, for two
68 Word before G or PG
1 Improve, as wine
3 Twofer offer, briefly
4 Chongqing currency
5 Feature of some balls on a pool table
6 Larry Ellison’s company
7 Surname of the brothers who recently purchased Time, Inc.
8 Word in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
9 Numismatist’s find
10 Swiftly or slowly, say
11 Molson makes it
12 Kias and such
21 Small island
22 Jewish casserole
25 “The ivories”
26 “Stuck ___” (Lionel Richie hit of 1984)
27 Pig’s enclosure
28 Like otters
29 Make an offer
30 Catherine of For Your Consideration
35 Theresa in a recent Twitter feud with Trump
37 Went back
38 Tampa Bay NFL player, for short
40 Order’s partner
43 Insect it’s bad luck to harm
46 Many, many
47 Harms in retaliation
48 Potato chip brand
52 “Let me think...”
53 Make more tolerable
54 Colorful wrap
56 The moon, in Latin
57 Work on, as a manuscript
59 ___ flies (they earn RBIs)
Fill in all the boxes so that each row, column, and outlined square includes all the numbers from 1 through 9.
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