Test your cable and TV industry knowledge by taking a run at completing Multichannel News’s 2008 crossword puzzle.
for a printable copy of the puzzle, crafted by Myles Mellor and MCN editors; the answer key is accessible
. In print, the puzzle and answers are on pages 6 and 31 of the Dec. 22 edition of Multichannel News.
Good luck and happy holidays.
1 Messing with Zach?
4 First market to go all digital in September 2008
11 From over-the-air to coax
12 He won't have Colmes to kick around in 2009 (first name)
14 Cable's most feared enemy
15 Appear in a show
17 Sopranos' organization
18 Final episode perhaps
19 He's navigating with Canoe (first name)
23 One independent programmer used its ImaginAsian to come up with this new name
25 A news “Show” heavy on spoofs
26 Cable network that paid $500 million for the BCS College football championship
28 Goes with maria at the bar
31 Zodiac sign for Lionsgate?
33 Charlie Ergen's favorite stock symbol
34 Nonlinear programming at your service
35 Fewer of these make it harder on networks
37 Capital, for short
38 Secret agent man
40 This mogul had a public battle with his daughter, had to sell $233 million of his media holdings and started divorce proceedings all in 2008 (first name)
44 This 500-pound woman's weight-loss odyssey gave Style Network its highest rated original premiere ever
45 Artificial intelligence, abbr.
47 Long running MTV daily music video shot that aired its final episode in November
49 Premium panel
52 On The Closer, Brenda will ____ the truth
54 That is, for short
56 “Et __, Brute”
58 A canoe could use one
59 Where the real housewives live
62 Father Simpson
64 Cablevision's ____ Rutledge
66 Palinesque party?
67 Spelling stinger?
68 Produces the most popular shows in a ring
69 After winning its appeal in Federal court, Cablevision called this product “a tremendous victory for consumers”
70 Made a film
71 Paris Hilton's ___ New BFF
72 Most watched network during the election
1 Show shifter
2 The cable industry veteran who was appointed president of Fox National Cable Networks this year
3 It's coming to an end on February 17
5 The cable company's face in the home
6 Comcast this year moved 10 Spanish-language nets from a tier to digital basic in this market where Dolphins like to play
7 Anti Bond Doctor
8 Three in one packaging
9 Sometimes retransmission negotiations get this way
10 Top-rated cable network for three consecutive quarters in 2008
13 Affirmative action
16 Music disc
18 To cut video
21 What stations are asking for
22 Bad for your garden, good for Showtime
24 AOL Instant Messenger
27 Homer Simpson's neighbor
29 Cable and telcos need a steady diet of this
30 This home shopping network, seeing sales decline, is eliminating 700 jobs
32 Oprah's, for short
36 Broadcast, in a way
37 Best time for soaps
39 Spin doctor?
41 Dance craze from NBCU, Fox
42 National advanced-advertising flotilla of cable operators
43 Greenback, for short
46 Nickelodeon star who shot her first original movie in Japan; set a new ratings record
47 America's real pastime
50 Com partner
51 ____com: Redstone's world
53 Either's alternate
55 M.I.T. grad: abbr.
56 Ghost Hunters' org.
57 Def Comedy Jam artist
60 Screen type
61 Head __ head
62 Pay TV service that dropped Inside the NFL in February
63 __, myself and I
64 Company that will pay its parent a $9.5 billion dividend when it separates next year (abbrev.)
65 Mad __, the first cable show to take a top Emmy for best drama