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New York Times, Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Author:
Nancy Serrano-Wu
Editor:
Will Shortz
Composer of the piano piece played in the "Tom and Jerry" short "The Cat Concerto"
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Nancy Serrano-Wu

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {GJQX} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Serrano-Wu. Wednesday freshness: 51%
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© 2023, The New York Times1/25/23 ( No. 26,741 )
Across
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Composer of the piano piece played in the "Tom and Jerry" short "The Cat Concerto" : LISZT
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Fuse : WELD
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Sugarcoated, in a way : ICED
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Dancing like a ballerina : ONTOE
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"Sounds good!" : OKAY
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First line on a form, often : NAME
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Par ___ (by airmail, in French) : AVION
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Word after lo or chow : MEIN
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Phaser setting : STUN
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Sports bar purchases? : FANTASYDRAFTS
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Summer setting in Mass. : EDT
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Actor Kingsley : BEN
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Guy in a crew : SEAMAN
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Do a cobbler's job on : RESOLE
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Like a kitten cuddling with a puppy : CUTE
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Before, in poetry : ERE
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Sports bar purchases? : PENALTYSHOTS
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Recipient of the inaugural A.T.P. Player of the Year award : ASHE
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"Chandelier" singer : SIA
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Has a student loan, say : OWES
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Sports bar purchases? : STARPITCHERS
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Assistance : AID
47
Every which way : AMOK
48
Relents : LETSUP
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Gets the hair just right, say : PRIMPS
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"Better Call Saul" network : AMC
55
Spanish article : UNA
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Sports bar purchases? : TRIPLEDOUBLES
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Recite the rosary, e.g. : PRAY
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Currency of Portugal : EURO
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Occupied, as a desk : SATAT
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Free speech org. : ACLU
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Hair removal brand : NAIR
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Cut down to size : ABASE
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"Golf is a good ___ spoiled" : WALK
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Fix because of flatness, say : TUNE
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Some are for passing : LANES
Down
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Apt shoe for a bread maker? : LOAFER
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What the aliens do in "The War of the Worlds" : INVADE
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Work assignments : STINTS
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___ suit : ZOOT
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Not ridiculous, as an argument : TENABLE
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Persons who identify as female, in an alternative spelling : WOMYN
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Scraped together, with "out" : EKED
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Hideout : LAIR
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Tang, for one : DYNASTY
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App with "Stories," informally : INSTA
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Bee's knees : CATSMEOW
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Outback bird : EMU
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Hideout : DEN
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In view : SEEN
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Brokers' charges : FEES
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Fotografía, por ejemplo : ARTE
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Loch ___ : NESS
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Abbr. above "0" : OPER
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Quickly form a friendship (with) : CLICK
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Home of the Sundance Film Festival : UTAH
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Apropos of : ASTO
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Zoom meeting leader : HOST
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Lickety-split : ASAP
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Ruckus : STIR
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Wanted for nothing : HADITALL
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Daddy, in Spanish : PAPI
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"Whew! That was exhausting!" : IMSPENT
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Muppet who speaks in a falsetto : ELMO
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Withdrawal to avoid a conflict of interest : RECUSAL
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Oman's ruler, e.g. : SULTAN
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Agita : UNEASE
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Presses Ctrl-V on a PC : PASTES
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Symbol of poison on a warning label : MRYUK
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Treasure : ADORE
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Feast with poi : LUAU
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Blarney Stone locale : ERIN
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Dad, in Chinese : BABA
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Fido's foot : PAW
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Record label that released the first 45 r.p.m. single (1949) : RCA

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