GAME SHOW MONTH!
Boy, this is one that I haven't done in a while! The second puzzle of Game Show Month is based on the obscure game show Smush, from the creators of You Don't Know Jack. I haven't made one of these since November 2015, so I think it's well overdue for another installment. Let's begin, shall we?
In this puzzle, you take the answers to two clues and combine them to make one smushed-up phrase. For example, if the clue is "Swirly candy on a stick + Frozen treat on a stick", then the answer would be "Lollipopsicle", since that's the smushed-up form of "Lollipop" and "Popsicle". Below are six more smushed-up phrases for you to solve.
Once you've completed the puzzle, the letters that overlap the answers in each smushed-up pair (the ones in the boxes) will spell out this week's FINAL ANSWER: The smushed-up form of two countries.
1) The first letter in EDM + The first cable network for kids
2) The largest desert in Africa + The largest desert in Asia
3) Competitor of Prego + Competitor of Rock Band
4) The capital of Oman + The capital of Georgia
5) New York home of the Globetrotters + New York-set TV drama with Lucious Lyon
6) Venerable opera house in Milan + Memorable landmark in San Antonio
Once you think you know what the FINAL ANSWER is, send it to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (though I'm more likely to check the second one) and I'll put your name on a solvers list once I post the answers in about two weeks. You can also use those email addresses to give me some comments and feedback (or get a hint from me in exchange for a "hint star", more details for that are on the sidebar to the right) or send me the answer to last week's puzzle, if you haven't already figured it out. If you have a printer and want to solve this puzzle on paper, just head below the break for a version you can print out!