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Frances Hansen
Frances Hansen

DICKENS TAKE 'EM!

New York Times, Sunday, January 27, 1985

Author: Frances Hansen
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 70, Avg Word Len: 5.38, Missing: { none — this is a pangram }, Scrabble score: 630 (avg 1.70)
Open Squares: 129, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 16, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 20
Frances Hansen has 81 pre-Shortz puzzles and 40 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1985, The New York TimesNo. 12,864
Across Down
1. Doesn't give ___ (is heedless) : ARAP
5. Twist's "twister" : FAGIN
10. One grand : THOU
14. He has made it to Mecca : HAJI
18. Bit of biblical graffiti : MENE
19. Cremona name : AMATI
20. Put to flight : ROUT
21. Bathe the stage with bathos : EMOTE
23. Seasonal sourpuss : EBENEZERSCROOGE
26. ___ around (snoops) : NOSES
27. Square-sail rope : BUNTLINE
28. Pizazz : OOMPH
29. Economize : SCRIMP
30. Reaches : ATTAINS
31. Mopes about, Dogpatch style : GLUMS
32. ___ line (conform) : TOEA
33. One-liner : GAG
34. Nursery porridge base : PEASE
35. With suavity : SMOOTHLY
39. Where René cuts the mustard : DIJON
42. Evil dwarf feared by Little Nell : DANIELQUILP
44. Sheepish comment : BAA
45. N.C. college : ELON
46. Caron film: 1958 : GIGI
47. City once called Edessa : URFA
48. Cricket sides : ONS
49. Crib : BIN
50. Servile, selfish hypocrite : MRPECKSNIFF
54. Sans ___ (carefree) : SOUCI
56. Littoral area : SEACOAST
58. Poirot's explanatory word : ALORS
59. Faulkner's Eula ___ : VARNER
60. Piquant : SALTY
61. "___ You Glad You're You?" : ARENT
62. Felt poorly : AILED
63. Grow, as interest on money : ACCRUE
65. Traveller or Grani : STEED
66. Sluggish : INDOLENT
69. Silver salmon : COHOS
70. Georgiana's pompous, Philistine father : JOHNPODSNAP
72. Early auto : REO
73. Old French coin : ECU
74. River to the Ouse : AIRE
75. Get under one's skin : ROIL
76. Letter-shaped beam : LBAR
77. Miss Russell, informally : ROZ
78. Copperfield's horrid stepfather : MRMURDSTONE
82. Stendhal's real name : BEYLE
83. Arms for a musical army? : BAZOOKAS
85. River of Wagner's "Ring" : RHINE
86. Quagmire : BOG
87. Napoleonic victory site: 1796 : LODI
88. One of the Keatons : DIANE
89. Practice play at 4 Down? : WARGAME
93. Strindberg's land : SWEDEN
95. Upright adjuster : TUNER
96. Anthropophagite : CANNIBAL
97. Rachet bars : PAWLS
98. Smike's beastly tormentor : WACKFORDSQUEERS
100. On ___ (fasting) : ADIET
101. Quiz : EXAM
102. Athens seat of higher educ. : OHIOU
103. Hindu's bad-luck day : SANI
104. ___-bitsy : ITSY
105. Incisiveness : BITE
106. Savoir-___ : FAIRE
107. Deodar or baobab : TREE
1. One-celled animal : AMEBA
2. Confute : REBUT
3. Concerning : ANENT
4. World's largest office building : PENTAGON
5. Daunting : FAZING
6. Congregational echoes : AMENS
7. Parisian station : GARE
8. Possessive pronoun : ITS
9. Tenor Gedda : NICOLAI
10. Ore-sizing screen : TROMMEL
11. Targets for Dr. J : HOOPS
12. Cry of distaste : OUGH
13. Peak in Colo. : UTE
14. A target for Reynard : HENCOOP
15. Old-style love song : AMORET
16. Louisa Gradgrind's vulgar husband : JOSIAHBOUNDERBY
17. Shopping-list entry : ITEM
22. Precognition, for short : ESP
24. Like a famed essayist : ELIAN
25. Stir to action : ROUSE
29. Calpurnia's robe : STOLA
31. Of inherited factors : GENIC
34. One of the Bermudas : PAGET
35. Rides the waves : SURFS
36. Fit of the sulks : MIFF
37. Uhlan's weapon : LANCE
38. Arafat : YASIR
39. Socialist labor leader: 1855–1926 : DEBS
40. Netman Nastase : ILIE
41. Old Martin's murderous nephew : JONASCHUZZLEWIT
42. "The ___ Doodle," 1937 song : DIPSY
43. Riding whip : QUIRT
46. Rub the wrong way : GRATE
50. Father of Meriones : MOLUS
51. Dramatic Valentine : KAREN
52. Insomniac's quest : SLEEP
53. U.S. perennial herb : NONDO
54. Shropshire : SALOP
55. Turgenev's birthplace : OREL
57. "___ nome," Verdi aria : CARO
59. Literary Gore : VIDAL
61. "There's my wife; look well ___": Spring-Rice : ATHER
62. An Oakley : ANNIE
63. Vinegary : ACERB
64. Warming bedtime drink : COCOA
65. Fern-frond formation : SORUS
66. "God is Three, and God ___": Newman : ISONE
67. Actress Patricia : NEAL
68. Made tracks : TORE
70. Iwo ___ : JIMA
71. Stingless, feckless bee : DRONE
74. Alan of "Wait Until Dark" : ARKIN
76. Most long-limbed : LEGGIEST
78. Flower-of-an-hour : MODESTY
79. Words on a Wonderland bottle : DRINKME
80. W.W. II acronym : SHAEF
81. Hot surface from Tennessee : TINROOF
82. Nigerian province : BORNU
84. Scads : OODLES
86. French financial house : BANQUE
88. Coin stolen by Jessica : DUCAT
89. "He is, or ___ has to be": Voltaire : WASOR
90. Cross as ___ (irritable) : ABEAR
91. Château-Thierry's river : MARNE
92. A Dinsmore : ELSIE
93. Bath, e.g. : SPA
94. African gully : WADI
95. Hack : TAXI
96. 402, to Fabius : CDII
98. Network : WEB
99. The Volga, in ancient days : RHA

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 7 debuted here and reused later, 12 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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