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New York Times, Saturday, March 12, 2022

Last word of the first sentence of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis"

Author:
Natan Last
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 64, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 35 for Mr. Last.
Jeff Chen notes:
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Jim Horne notes:

The last word of the first sentence of Kafka's The Metamorphosis depends on the translation. I've seen "insect" but also "cockroach" and even "beetle."

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© 2022, The New York Times3/12/22 ( No. 26,422 )
Across
1
Paid off : BRIBED
7
Pinky swear, e.g. : PACT
11
Pause in the middle of a line of poetry : CAESURA
12
Creature also known as a greenfly : APHID
14
Substitute for coffee : NONDAIRYCREAMER
17
Baptisms by fire : ORDEALS
18
Palmed, say : HID
19
Prefix with consciousness : ECO
20
Last word of the first sentence of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" : INSECT
21
Pick : TAP
22
"Don't Look Up" star, in tabloids : JLAW
23
Parts of baseballs and mines : SEAMS
24
Country with two official languages - Guaraní and Spanish : PARAGUAY
26
Move from side to side, as a ship : YAW
27
2000 Sisqó hit with a rhyming title : THONGSONG
29
1924 tale of derring-do : BEAUGESTE
30
New Jersey's "unofficial rock theme of our State's youth" : BORNTORUN
31
Something picked up by a silent butler : ASH
34
Minions : FLUNKIES
35
Basic technique in skateboarding : OLLIE
37
Nitwit, to a Brit : PRAT
38
"What do you want me to do about it?" : AND
39
Be plucky? : TWEEZE
40
Hollywood, with "the" : BIZ
41
Astronaut Jemison : MAE
42
Didn't cause trouble : BEHAVED
43
"Golly!" : JEEPERSCREEPERS
46
It might work on a block : DRANO
47
They might work on a block : PATROLS
48
Floor : STUN
49
Europe's oldest capital : ATHENS
Down
1
Lumbering tool : BANDSAW
2
Turn in : REDEEM
3
Musician who helped save Carnegie Hall from demolition : ISAACSTERN
4
Put up : BUILT
5
Muffs : ERRS
6
"Against the ___" (Thomas Pynchon novel) : DAY
7
On equal footing, in Latin : PARIPASSU
8
Mirrored : APED
9
Tea, in Mandarin : CHA
10
Result of a poor audio connection, perhaps : TIMELAG
11
Part of the body first successfully transplanted in 1905 : CORNEA
13
Exponential ___ (function in physics) : DECAY
14
Like many street-level apartments : NOISY
15
Juice boxes? : CHARGERS
16
Rumpus : ROW
21
Danced to the music of Carlos Acuña, say : TANGOED
22
"We / Jazz ___" (line in Gwendolyn Brooks's "We Real Cool") : JUNE
24
Popular dishes in Québécois cuisine : POUTINES
25
Went round and round in circles : GOTNOWHERE
28
Record holder for the most M.L.B. All-Star selections : HANKAARON
29
Spell : BOUT
30
Attire at some academies : BLAZERS
31
Exams for British 18-year-olds : ALEVELS
32
Jewelry store tools : SIZERS
33
Minds : HEEDS
34
Mentally worn out : FRIED
36
Mount with facility : LEAPON
37
Vegan sandwich, for short : PBJ
39
Enforcement mechanisms, metaphorically : TEETH
41
Where to pick sides? : MENU
42
Handful, say : BRAT
44
Overly rehearsed : PAT
45
Occupation of Leo Bloom in "The Producers," for short : CPA

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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