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New York Times, Wednesday, December 29, 2021

What travels on sound waves?

Author:
Simon Marotte and Victor Fleming
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQVZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Marotte. This is puzzle # 47 for Mr. Fleming.
Constructor notes:
SIMON: It's great to be back in the Times! This was my first puzzle ever accepted, so it has a special place in my heart. Judge Vic ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times12/29/21 ( No. 26,349 )
Across
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Like court arguments : ORAL
5
What travels on sound waves? : BOAT
9
Heart's home : CHEST
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Kind of bread : PITA
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Part of the foot : ARCH
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Saddlebacks, tumps, knolls and the like : HILLS
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Lettered awards show host? : EMMYEMCEE
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"Not a problem" : ITSOK
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Celebrity dog trainer Millan : CESAR
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Articles of exercise equipment : YOGAMATS
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Buster : NARC
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Bonobo, for one : APE
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It's a little longer than a foot : SHOE
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Lettered adversary in a battle of wits? : CAGEYENEMY
36
Bit of bar food : WING
37
"You ready?" : ALLSET
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Pulitzer winner Harper : LEE
39
The end : OMEGA
41
___-eared : LOP
42
Retail figure : SALES
44
Bega who sang "Mambo No. 5" : LOU
45
Barack Obama's "A Promised Land," e.g. : MEMOIR
48
Confirmation or quinceañera : RITE
49
Lettered home on the range when no one's home? : EMPTYTEPEE
51
Pickle : MESS
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___ milk : OAT
53
Rigging support : SPAR
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Sure thing : SLAMDUNK
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Stereotypical lumberjack feature : BEARD
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Around, for a date : CIRCA
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Lettered school paper that's a snap to write? : EASYESSAY
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First-stringers : ATEAM
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Ingredient in traditional medicine : ALOE
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Film shot : TAKE
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Prevails over : BEATS
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Ding-y thingy? : TEXT
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Hastened : SPED
Down
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International grp. founded in Baghdad in 1960 : OPEC
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Fog-induced frost : RIME
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NCR devices : ATMS
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Fail miserably, unless you're a chicken : LAYANEGG
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[Kapow!] : BAM
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"The Lord of the Rings" brute : ORC
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___-deucy : ACEY
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Van Gogh's art dealer brother : THEO
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1980s fad items advertised as "the gift that grows" : CHIAPETS
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Ice pack? : HITMEN
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Lohengrin's love : ELSA
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Parking meter opening : SLOT
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Clicks that chide : TSKS
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Historically significant period : ERA
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Singer known as the "Prince of Motown" : GAYE
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Magnavox rival : RCA
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"You have my number!" : CALLME
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Muscled, slangily : SWOLE
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Shout-out from the stands : HIMOM
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A stroke ahead, in golf : ONEUP
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Thick, liquidy clump : GLOOP
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Notices : ESPIES
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Ewing matriarch on "Dallas" : ELLIE
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Pool competitions : MEETS
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Some R.S.V.P.s : YESES
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Leading star in Disney's "Enchanted" : AMYADAMS
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Where elbows may collide : ARMRESTS
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Ides of March reproach : ETTU
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Agent, briefly : REP
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Garfield, for one : TOMCAT
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First prez to have a 60-Across : ABE
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Healing indicator : SCAB
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Low-calorie, in beer names : LITE
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Field of expertise : AREA
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Well-kept : NEAT
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Cabbage kin : KALE
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Acronym of urgency : ASAP
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Leave no leaves, say : RAKE
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Like pink or purple hair : DYED
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Fenway squad, in brief : SOX
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"The best is ___ to come" : YET

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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