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Nancy S. Ross
Nancy S. Ross

CONTRARY CREATIONS

New York Times, Sunday, October 19, 1986

Author: Nancy Scandrett Ross
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 76, Avg Word Len: 5.21, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 519 (avg 1.42)
Open Squares: 120, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 11, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 13
Nancy S. Ross has 34 pre-Shortz puzzles and 22 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1986, The New York TimesNo. 13,494
Across Down
1. Costa ___ : RICA
5. Diversion : SPORT
10. Purpose : AIM
13. Walk or trot : GAIT
17. Harem rooms : ODAS
18. City in Crete : CANEA
19. Start of Iago's aria : CREDO
22. Artifice : RUSE
23. Optimistic Miller? : BIRTHOFACUSTOMER
26. Scope : AREA
27. Use the public library : BORROW
28. Locale : SITE
29. Parts of footballs : BLADDERS
31. Kettle emission : STEAM
32. In ___ (having difficulties) : ASPOT
33. Meshed native : IRANI
34. Winner's sign : VEE
35. Knight's dismissal? : LADDIEGOAWAY
38. "Pace, pace, mio ___," Verdi aria : DIO
40. J.F.K. sight : SST
43. Roves : GADS
44. Offends : SINS
45. Stage comment : ASIDE
48. Notebooks : CAHIERS
50. A.L. triple-crown winner: 1956 : MANTLE
53. Alarms : SCARES
54. Reluctant : AVERSE
55. Kind of shop : RETAIL
56. Fit to imbibe : POTABLE
57. Tennis score : LOVE
58. Doctrinaires : ISTS
59. Containing a nonmetallic element: Comb. form : SILICO
60. Lincoln's "Cap'n ___" : ERI
61. Locale of misplaced Michener tales? : NORTHATLANTIC
66. Teutonic lang. : NHG
69. Elite get-together : SOIREE
71. Rhine tributary : AARE
72. Chinese dynasty : CHOU
73. Used a certain trammel : ALIGNED
75. Hit with a blackjack : COSHED
77. Entreat : OBTEST
79. Pitched-roof features : GABLES
80. Kitchen tools : PARERS
81. Parade routes, often : AVENUES
82. Baby boobook : OWLET
83. One-time, once : ERST
84. Eschew : SHUN
85. Bob's partner : RAY
86. Poet's word : ERE
87. Writer's block à la Cole Porter? : NOTHINGCOMES
92. Adage : SAW
94. Public storehouse : ETAPE
96. Fortuneteller's card : TAROT
97. Bone hollow : FOSSA
101. Thrush's song : WOODNOTE
103. Author Hunter : EVAN
104. Shakespeare's Sly, e.g. : TINKER
105. Marie Wilson role: 1949 : IRMA
106. Capote moves along? : DINNERATCARTIERS
110. Photo finish : STAT
111. Huge amount : OCEAN
112. Sacred: Comb. form : HIERO
113. Baltic island : AERO
114. Reasonable : SANE
115. Ensign: Abbr. : STD
116. Caucasian : OSSET
117. Weir of the N.H.L. : STAN
1. L.B.J. in-laws : ROBBS
2. Dostoyevsky protagonist : IDIOT
3. Tennessee Williams's "Vieux ___" : CARRE
4. Like the Milky Way : ASTRAL
5. Flat-bottomed boat : SCOW
6. Pif-___ (card game) : PAF
7. Memorable magnate : ONASSIS
8. Child's offering : RECIPE
9. Wrasse's cousin : TAUTOG
10. Emulate Duse : ACT
11. U.N.R.R.A. successor : IRO
12. Eardrum, e.g. : MEMBRANE
13. Alum : GRAD
14. A departure for Sagan? : AUREVOIRBONHEUR
15. Rhone feeder : ISERE
16. Chivy or chevy : TEASE
20. Timetable troubles : DELAYS
21. Camus setting : ORAN
24. Allegiances : HOMAGES
25. Honshu city : SETO
30. Pompously dull and erudite : DIDACTIC
32. Does arithmetic : ADDS
33. "___ Wait for You," 1965 song : IWILL
36. Colonial Virginia : DARE
37. ___ spumante : ASTI
39. Author Singer : ISAAC
40. Garden pest : SCALE
41. Relish : SAVOR
42. H. G. Wells sequel? : THEVISIBLEWOMAN
46. Gato ___ Sol, 1982 Derby winner : DEL
47. Genoa-to-Rapallo dir. : ESE
49. Choler : IRE
50. Net : MESH
51. "___ Troll," Heine poem : ATTA
52. U.S.T.A. singles champ: 1972 : NASTASE
53. Unaccompanied performances : SOLI
55. Bas mitzvah, e.g. : RITE
56. Stone : PIT
59. Prune, in Perth : SNED
61. Score minus one : NINETEEN
62. Placer materials : ORES
63. Smith or Barber : RED
64. "Waiting for Godot" actor : LAHR
65. Father of Diomedes : ARES
67. Biblical prophet : HOSEA
68. Spunky : GUTSY
70. Girl watcher : OGLER
72. Cigarette pkg. : CTN
73. Past : AGO
74. Cardinal at Boston : LAW
75. Hereditary class : CASTE
76. Former Met tenor : ORTH
77. Egg, to Cato : OVUM
78. Gala, frequently : BENEFIT
80. Flammable hydrocarbons : PROPENES
81. Like ___ knife through butter : AHOT
83. Related on the mother's side : ENATIC
84. Brackets for candles : SCONCES
88. Caesar's way : ITER
89. Kind of blanket : NAVAHO
90. Free : GRATIS
91. Actress Braga et al. : SONIAS
92. Sculptor Giacometti was one : SWISS
93. Way to a man's heart : AORTA
95. Commotion : TODO
98. Trapshooting variety : SKEET
99. Famed Franciscan missionary : SERRA
100. Fire marshal's concern : ARSON
102. Originate : DATE
104. Pony : TROT
107. Actor Pendleton : NAT
108. Last word : END
109. Exist : ARE

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 11 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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