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New York Times, Monday, May 30, 2022

It's catchy

Author:
Alexander Liebeskind
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alexander Liebeskind

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JKQVXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Liebeskind.
Alexander Liebeskind notes:
The idea for today's puzzle was a happy accident: back when I came up with the theme, I was sitting on a plane without internet, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Perfect theme for noob solvers! Neat to see how many ways you can spell the "noo" sound: NOUgat, NEUtron, NOOdle, and NUmero. I ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times5/30/22 ( No. 26,501 )
Across
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Wizard's weapon : STAFF
6
Meat in a burger : BEEF
10
Famous ___ cookies : AMOS
14
Gem from an oyster : PEARL
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Peas, for a pea shooter : AMMO
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Tales handed down orally : LORE
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Web company with an exclamation mark in its name : YAHOO
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Nutty candy offering : NOUGATBAR
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Mardi Gras city, colloquially : NOLA
22
Word after game, set or match : POINT
23
Ultradense galactic body : NEUTRONSTAR
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N.Y.C. airport code : LGA
30
___ Grey (variety of 2-Down) : EARL
31
Spot for a mic clip : LAPEL
32
The Bee ___ (music group) : GEES
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Instrument with pipes : ORGAN
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Deliver a grand message : ORATE
37
Fresh starts ... or, when said aloud, what 18-, 23-, 53- and 58-Across all have? : NEWBEGINNINGS
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Like some sprays and voices : NASAL
43
Danger : PERIL
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"Seven" things for a pirate : SEAS
48
Construction beam material : STEEL
51
Part to play : ROLE
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Sanjay Gupta's channel : CNN
53
Soba servings, for instance : NOODLEBOWLS
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Houston baseballer : ASTRO
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Pollen gatherers : BEES
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Top dog : NUMEROUNO
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Airplane seating alternative to window : AISLE
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It's catchy : TRAP
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Picked a card : DREW
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Step : STAIR
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Strong desires : YENS
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Wraps up : ENDS
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Uses a computer keyboard : TYPES
Down
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Intel employee? : SPY
2
Breakfast beverage : TEA
3
Ooh and ___ : AAH
4
Grassy areas near driveways : FRONTLAWNS
5
Each button in an elevator : FLOOR
6
Yellow fruit : BANANA
7
Music subcategory that's a vowel change from 8-Down : EMO
8
Australian bird that's a vowel change from 7-Down : EMU
9
Weather phenomenon that London is famous for : FOG
10
Judy Garland, voicewise : ALTO
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Kind of phone on the coast of Alabama? : MOBILE
12
Fruit with the name of its color : ORANGE
13
Some mattress choices : SERTAS
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Mo. before May : APR
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"Haha" alternative : LOL
23
Protagonist in "The Matrix" : NEO
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Bring in, as income : EARN
25
Strongly suggest : URGE
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This is not good! : SPOILED
27
Arctic ___ (migratory bird) : TERN
28
Mathematician Turing : ALAN
32
Philanthropic quality : GENEROSITY
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Org. for the Hawks, but not the Falcons : NBA
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Gratuity : TIP
38
Canadian gas brand : ESSO
39
Cat: Sp. : GATO
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"Money doesn't ___ on trees" : GROW
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Window ledge : SILL
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"___ Misérables" : LES
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Insufficient in quantity : SCANTY
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Guarantee : ENSURE
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Avenger played by Paul Rudd : ANTMAN
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Macaroni shapes : ELBOWS
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Suni ___, Team U.S.A. gymnastics medalist : LEE
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Neither's partner : NOR
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Brutish creature : BEAST
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Parts of a gym set : REPS
59
Poem of praise : ODE
60
Coffee vessel : URN
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Sansa's father on "Game of Thrones" : NED
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Source of maple syrup : SAP
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Political fact-checker's verdict, maybe : LIE
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Triage centers, for short : ERS

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle.

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