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TURNS OF PHRASE

New York Times, Sunday, January 23, 2022

Cereal once advertised by Woody Woodpecker

Author:
Nancy Stark and Will Nediger
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Will Nediger

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 78 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Ms. Stark. This is puzzle # 40 for Mr. Nediger.
Will Shortz notes:
Nancy Stark, of New York City, is a writer, lyricist and former editor for the Literary Guild book club. Will Nediger, of London, Ontario, is a professional crossword constructor. Nancy ... read more
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A simple search pattern, * OF *, turns up hundreds of phrases fitting this pattern. Narrowing them down into those that produce amusing results when the first and last words are swapped — ... read more
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Reader Pete Campbell sent us this comment that I thought was interesting: For Australians, the plural of our "gum trees" is eucalypts (drop the u) — one of those unusual plurals that is ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times1/23/22 ( No. 26,374 )
Across
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Web site? : ATTIC
6
Browser window : TAB
9
Streaming service acquired by Fox in 2020 : TUBI
13
Civil rights grp. once led by M.L.K. : SCLC
17
Fictional character who says "I will take the ring, though I do not know the way" : FRODO
18
Scorpion, for one : ARACHNID
20
Wasn't overturned on appeal : STOOD
21
Artists sketching pectorals? : DRAWERSOFCHESTS
23
Stays out all night? : CAMPS
24
Glowing or shining : RADIANT
25
Work rotations : SHIFTS
26
French "I like" : JAIME
27
"Right on!" : AMEN
28
Spot at a casino : PIP
30
Either side of a beaming grin, in a phrase : EAR
31
Tony winner McDonald : AUDRA
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Something to make after you wake : BED
33
Vow to remain mum about hotel guests' secrets? : HONOROFMAIDS
37
Hoops org. : WNBA
40
Possibility : OPTION
41
Scoffing sound : PFFT
42
Driver of film : ADAM
43
Nonbinary people, informally : ENBIES
47
Declined : SLID
49
Over-poetical? : OER
50
Modern-day "carpe diem" : YOLO
51
Early times in verse : MORNS
52
Small distance covered by a naval armada? : FOOTOFFLEET
56
First sitting prez to fly in an airplane : FDR
57
Words after walk or cash : INON
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Hyperbolic wait time : EON
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Like climates where cacti thrive : ARID
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Pointy part of a charger? : LANCE
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Group of followers : RETINUE
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Willem who played Jesus in "The Last Temptation of Christ" : DAFOE
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Some pianos and motorcycles : YAMAHAS
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2000s Fox teen drama : THEOC
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Playwright Simon : NEIL
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"Emotion in motion," per Mae West : SEX
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Thomas ___, British general at Bunker Hill : GAGE
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Sweetie : BAE
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Boxer lacking a left hook? : MANOFRIGHTS
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One of the boxing Alis : LAILA
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Gumbo ingredient : OKRA
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:-) alternative : LOL
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Below par : POOR
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Something unleashed in a denial-of-service attack : BOTNET
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Destination for a return flight : NEST
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Himalayan humanoid : YETI
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___ eyes : GOOGOO
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"I'm a frayed ___" (punch line of a classic joke) : KNOT
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What brass band music has? : PLENTYOFHORN
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Court : WOO
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Groups of Greeks, informally : FRATS
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Watcher of the skies, for short : FAA
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Old ___ (motherland, affectionately) : SOD
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Announced : SAID
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You can count on them : ABACI
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Beat in a race : OUTRAN
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Very productive : FERTILE
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Not even a little off : EXACT
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Tree feature in winter? : ABSENCEOFLEAVES
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Quaint bathroom sign : GENTS
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Galosh : OVERSHOE
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Lumberjack's favorite kind of beer? : LAGER
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"What are the ___?" : ODDS
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Audience for Cocomelon, the most-viewed YouTube channel in the U.S. : KIDS
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Omega's place : END
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Columns with angles : OPEDS
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Home with a pointy roof : AFRAME
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Worked on Wall Street : TRADED
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Bring to a repair shop, say : TOWIN
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Creative springboard : IDEA
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Cereal once advertised by Woody Woodpecker : CORNPOPS
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Subject for Laozi : TAO
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Sounds from a lab : ARFS
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"The Art of Fugue" composer : BACH
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One's kin, casually : THEFAM
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Loosen, in a way : UNSTRAP
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Some zeros and ones : BITS
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Bar necessities, at times : IDS
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It has several steps : STAIRWAY
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What a dog walker and a strong-willed pooch might vie for? : COMMANDOFCHAIN
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Run easily : LOPE
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Makeup of some music libraries : CDS
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Main : CHIEF
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Huge quantity : SCAD
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Lacking color : DRAB
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Brief period of work : STINT
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"Easy ... everything's going to be OK" : JUSTRELAX
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Bottle marked with a skull and crossbones : POISON
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Cost for a spot : ADFEE
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Garden shed items : HOES
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Caramel-filled candy : ROLO
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"You can leave this to me" : ONIT
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Declaration by one who's done playing : IFOLD
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Benjamin Franklin famously considered it "a rank coward" with "bad moral character" : BALDEAGLE
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"Te quiero" sentiment : AMOR
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Mideast V.I.P. : EMIR
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Response to "No offense" : NONETAKEN
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The Bee Gees' Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb? : BROTHERSOFBAND
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It might gather lint : INNIE
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Somersault : DOAFLIP
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Adversary : FOE
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To's opposite : FRO
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Old-timey reproach : FIE
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Scottish cap : TAM
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Aromatic trees : EUCALYPTI
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Really bother : NAGAT
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Jacqueline or Jacques : NOM
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For sure, for short : DEF
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Something a snowboarder catches : AIR
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Last word of "Ulysses" : YES
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Goal in musical chairs : SEAT
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Nick of "48 Hrs." : NOLTE
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Beer brand whose name spells an article of apparel backward : STROHS
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Knock on the head : BONK
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Carolers' repertoire : NOELS
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___ dancer : GOGO
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Minotaur's foot : HOOF
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Bird known in the U.K. as a diver : LOON
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Draws : ATTRACTS
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Red-light district establishment : BORDELLO
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Like some vodkas : INFUSED
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Fly into a rant : GOOFF
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Spuds : TATERS
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Tall tales : YARNS
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Dispensed with : WAIVED
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N.H.L. team with five championship-winning seasons in the 1980s : OILERS
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Praising poetry : ODES
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Ballet sections : ACTS
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Play station? : STAGE
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Got rid of : AXED
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"Duh," in modern slang : OBVI
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Pine : ACHE
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Like the Radio City Music Hall sign : NEON
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Harvest : REAP
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Something swollen on a pro athlete? : EGO
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Totally fine : AOK
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Alternative to Webster's, in brief : OED

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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