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New York Times, Monday, August 16, 2021

Organizing guru who asks "Does it spark joy?"

Author:
Freddie Cheng
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Cheng.
Freddie Cheng notes:
Being a music lover, I had wanted to do a musical theme for the longest time, so I was happy when I got the go-ahead for this one. The ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Music accidentals have been played upon (sorry) many times, but as with all well-trodden paths, there's usually room for some extra ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times8/16/21 ( No. 26,214 )
Across
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What a plumber might fix a leak in : PIPE
5
Artist Vincent van ___ : GOGH
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Feathered Outback runners : EMUS
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Baghdad's land : IRAQ
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Visually challenged "Mr." of cartoons : MAGOO
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Steady look : GAZE
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Universal code of ethics : NATURALLAW
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Stick-to-itiveness : GRIT
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More gray in appearance : ASHIER
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Active Sicilian volcano : ETNA
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" ... or thereabouts" : ISH
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Midwife's instruction : PUSH
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Phrase starting a legal memo : INRE
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Xmas mo. : DEC
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Quick-minded sort : SHARPCOOKIE
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Put pen to paper : WROTE
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Desire for a contestant on "The Bachelor" : ROSE
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___ Blanc : MONT
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Packing heat : ARMED
40
What wolves do at the moon : BAY
41
Language group of southern Africa : BANTU
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Need for tug of war : ROPE
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Long-necked pear : BOSC
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Finished : ENDED
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One who says that you're not on the ball? : FLATEARTHER
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Flamenco dancer's cry : OLE
49
At the home of: Fr. : CHEZ
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Pizzeria fixture : OVEN
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Toward the stern : AFT
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Finish second, say : LOSE
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"Please allow me ..." : IFIMAY
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Civil rights pioneer Parks : ROSA
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Speaking of which ... or where the starts of 16-, 30- and 45-Across can be found? : ONTHATNOTE
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Pivotal point : CRUX
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Singer Carpenter or actress Gillan : KAREN
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Button at the start of a Zoom call : JOIN
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Possess : HAVE
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King Kong and others : APES
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The "A" in B.A. : ARTS
Down
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___ colada : PINA
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Cousins of 401(k)s : IRAS
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Trail : PATH
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Gear up : EQUIP
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Participant in a square dance : GAL
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Eye lewdly : OGLE
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Bearded farm animal : GOAT
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"What a kind gesture!" : HOWNICE
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Nog ingredient : EGG
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Organizing guru who asks "Does it spark joy?" : MARIEKONDO
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Israeli submachine guns : UZIS
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Late-night host Meyers : SETH
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Boggy tract : MARSH
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Got some extra life out of : REUSED
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365 días : ANO
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Where ships arrive and depart : HARBOR
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Like I, for one? : ROMAN
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___ planet (designation for Pluto) : DWARF
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Swashbuckling Flynn : ERROL
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Kia Sportage or Ford Escape : COMPACTSUV
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Make fun of mercilessly : ROAST
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Hitchcock film with a classic shower scene : PSYCHO
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Info from a spy : INTEL
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One of 27 Chopin piano pieces : ETUDE
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Things that gears and crocodiles share : TEETH
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Lacking, with "of" : BEREFT
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Brand of bubble gum : BAZOOKA
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Conger, for one : EEL
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Brand of water named after a town on Lake Geneva : EVIAN
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Assassin of old Japan : NINJA
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One half of the McDonald's logo : ARCH
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"It's ___ good cause" : FORA
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Jacket fastener that's not a button : SNAP
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Raison d'___ : ETRE
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Heathland : MOOR
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Squabbling : ATIT
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Longs (for) : YENS
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Cancel, as a show : AXE
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"___ dead, Jim" (much-parodied "Star Trek" line) : HES

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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