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New York Times, Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Author:
Emily Rourke
Editor:
Will Shortz
Titular animated character whose theme music is by Henry Mancini
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Emily Rourke

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Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 81, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQUXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Rourke.
Emily Rourke notes:
I was inspired to construct a feline-themed crossword after we adopted our cat, Sperry, in 2021. Every day she sits in my lap as I complete the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Well, HELLO KITTY! How meta to use a cartoon character to tie together four others of the same ilk. All five are so gentle, too. I doubt I'd ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

It's still close to New Year, so 46-Across gives me an excuse to link to this New Yorker classic: New Year's Resolutions for an Anteater.

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© 2023, The New York Times1/10/23 ( No. 26,726 )
Across
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"Rent" character who sings "Light My Candle" : MIMI
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"And there you have it!" : VOILA
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"Woo-hoo! The weekend's here!" : TGIF
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Stench : ODOR
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Darling one : MOPPET
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Otherwise : ELSE
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Titular animated character whose theme music is by Henry Mancini : PINKPANTHER
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Place for a ponytail : NAPE
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Add, as an extra perk : TOSSIN
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Indian and Arctic : OCEANS
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Baseball great Mel : OTT
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Cereal mascot whose catchphrase is "They're gr-r-reat!" : TONYTHETIGER
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Like a famed piper : PIED
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Winning tic-tac-toe line, when player X isn't paying attention : OOO
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All together : ASONE
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Barely manage : SCRAPEBY
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Certain sib : SIS
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Triumphed : WON
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Fictional feline from Japan … or how one might greet 17-, 24-, 54- or 65-Across : HELLOKITTY
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Yard cover : SOD
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Wooden part of a railroad track : TIE
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Animal with a long, sticky tongue : ANTEATER
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___ Gay (W.W. II plane) : ENOLA
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Song refrain syllable : TRA
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There's no place like it : HOME
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Oz resident lacking in courage : COWARDLYLION
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Jenna Fischer's role on "The Office" : PAM
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Negotiator's refusal : NODEAL
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Toy item set up to be toppled : DOMINO
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Cried : WEPT
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Lewis Carroll character with a disembodied smile : CHESHIRECAT
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Hoppy beers, in brief : IPAS
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"Take the ___" (Duke Ellington classic) : ATRAIN
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Partner : MATE
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London art museum : TATE
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Body parts that might be "bumped" : FISTS
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Celebratory stadium cries : OLES
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Shaggy Beatles hairdos : MOPTOPS
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Inane : IDIOTIC
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Under-the-bed resident, in a child's imagination : MONSTER
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Peeves : IRKS
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Middle of many German names : VON
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Choose : OPT
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Old Apple picture-editing app : IPHOTO
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Freeloader : LEECH
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"___ Grows in Brooklyn" : ATREE
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Pickleball relative : TENNIS
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Scottish city on the River Clyde : GLASGOW
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Web connection letters : ISP
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Around 2%-3%, for a customer using a credit card : FEE
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Hand: Sp. : MANO
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Avocado's center : PIT
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Just one tiny bite : ATASTE
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Like the gases argon and xenon : NOBLE
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Ma who once left a $2.5 million cello in the trunk of a taxi : YOYO
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Ambient music trailblazer Brian : ENO
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Stimpy's pal in cartoons : REN
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Morse code "morsel" : DAH
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Old explosive device used to breach castle walls : PETARD
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Retired QB Manning : ELI
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Mount that Moses mounted : SINAI
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Hairy cousin in "The Addams Family" : ITT
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Philosopher Marx : KARL
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"___, sure, you betcha!" (classic Minnesotan expression) : YAH
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Fraction of a min. : SEC
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Artist/activist Yoko : ONO
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Thoroughly memorized : DOWNPAT
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Buzzworthy, say : TOPICAL
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Flow (from) : EMANATE
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Broadcasts not done in a studio : REMOTES
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Founder of Taoism : LAOTSE
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White House family in the 1840s : TYLERS
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Common after-dinner coffee preference : DECAF
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Christine of "Chicago Hope" : LAHTI
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Norse god of wisdom and war : ODIN
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Negative conjunction : NOR
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Note "to all staff" : MEMO
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Cleverness : WIT
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Energy-monitoring org. : EPA
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Ordeal for many H.S. seniors : SAT
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What's-___-face : HIS

Answer summary: 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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