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Mary Virginia Orna
Mary Virginia Orna

INITIAL ENCOUNTERS

New York Times, Sunday, December 1, 1985

Author: Mary Virginia Orna
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 70, Avg Word Len: 5.30, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 547 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 123, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 8, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
Mary Virginia Orna has 28 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1985, The New York TimesNo. 13,172
Across Down
1. Outlet : VENT
5. Draw tight : FRAP
9. Israeli statesman : PERES
14. Bible, e.g. : TOME
18. Resembling a pterodactyl : ALAR
19. Bellowing : AROAR
20. Commune near Bologna : IMOLA
21. Dazzles a disciple : AWES
22. Cozzens novel: 1931 : SSSANPEDRO
24. Christie mystery, with "The" : ABCMURDERS
26. Wagons for P.M. snacks : TEACARTS
27. Town on the Sava : SISAK
29. Hug : CUDDLE
30. Scurries : HIES
31. Pinguid : FATTY
32. Mention : CITE
33. Pickled flower buds : CAPERS
36. Less straightforward : SLIER
37. Inn for Falstaff : ALEHOUSE
41. Harmonium : ORGAN
42. Kuwait or Ecuador : OPECMEMBER
44. Slump : SAG
45. Author of "Tamerlane" : ROWE
46. Broadway hit: 1985 : ASIS
47. Degrade : ABASE
49. Fulton's craft: Abbr. : STR
50. ___ yong, Chinese omelet : FOO
51. S. Snead or G. Sarazan, e.g. : PGACHAMPION
55. "Blonde bombshell" Van Doren : MAMIE
57. Too young : UNDERAGE
59. Former Red Sox ace : TIANT
60. Dash : SPRINT
61. Select : ELITE
62. "Doggone!" relatives : DRATS
63. He wrote "Lamia" : KEATS
64. Plan : SCHEME
66. "Pari ___," aria sung by Rigoletto : SIAMO
67. Freudian's forte : ANALYSIS
70. Bouquet : AROMA
71. G. & S. offering : HMSPINAFORE
73. Bear, to Balenciaga : OSO
74. ___ Sung, Chinese dynasty : LIU
75. Rank below capt. : LIEUT
77. Excited interjections : YOWS
78. Waianae wiggle : HULA
79. Some Cooper Union grads. : EES
80. Iceland or Italy, e.g. : NATONATION
84. Venturesome one : DARER
85. Molds beforehand : PRECASTS
88. Catkin : AMENT
89. Liabilities : DEBITS
90. Fragments for Fido : ORTS
91. Buckinghamshire jackets : ETONS
92. "Ship of Fools" ship : VERA
93. More carefree : EASIER
96. Parched : ADUST
97. Quality found in mantillas : LACINESS
101. J. G. Low : GSAFOUNDER
103. Beatles' billet-doux : PSILOVEYOU
105. Mock : GIBE
106. Ma Barker's specialty : CRIME
107. Noted Swiss mathematician: 18th century : EULER
108. Deciphered : READ
109. King of the Meccans: 1953–64 : SAUD
110. Airy farewells : TATAS
111. Courage : GRIT
112. Shelters : ARKS
1. Cosmic : VAST
2. Alternative word : ELSE
3. Initials at Cape Canaveral : NASA
4. Windpipes : TRACHEAE
5. Worries : FRETS
6. Curtain holders : RODS
7. Alpine river : AAR
8. Dull : PROSAIC
9. Turk's coin, to a Londoner : PIASTRE
10. Shut in : EMBAY
11. Madonna's music : ROCK
12. Chewbark : ELM
13. Specialized French cooks : SAUCIERS
14. ___ Gaddi, pupil of Giotto : TADDEO
15. Due : OWED
16. Blackbird : MERL
17. To be, to Bibulus : ESSE
19. "___ nous le déluge" : APRES
23. River to Moray Firth : NAIRN
25. Torch-singer Etting : RUTH
28. List entry : ITEM
31. Meat : FLESH
32. Word with sweep or cut : CLEAN
33. An Ionian island : CORFU
34. "Eileen ___," old Irish air : AROON
35. Creator of Jeeves, Psmith et al. : PGWODEHOUSE
36. Basil is one : SPICE
37. Benedictine bigwig : ABBOT
38. Historic W.W. II battleship : USSMISSOURI
39. Smooth fabric : SATIN
40. Snowy-plumed bird : EGRET
42. Indian or orange : OSAGE
43. Certain conduits : MAINS
46. Marble or type : AGATE
48. Transfix : EMPALE
51. Chief : PRIMAL
52. Caught like a rat in ___ : ATRAP
53. Oxford university : MIAMI
54. He wrote "Cry, the Beloved Country" : PATON
56. Bohemian : ARTY
58. Plat. or merc., e.g. : ELEM
60. Browns : SEARS
62. Opposite of proximo : DISTO
63. Recognized : KNOWN
64. Tapioca source : SALEP
65. Muezzin, e.g. : CRIER
66. Famed Boer leader : SMUTS
67. Walking : AFOOT
68. Cay : ISLET
69. Emulates J. L. Seagull : SOARS
71. Certain competitions : HEATS
72. Samekh followers : AYINS
76. Educate : INSTRUCT
78. Slow Cuban dance : HABANERA
81. Essences : NATURES
82. Alvin Childress TV role : AMOS
83. Camper's necessity : TENTPEG
84. Etymology: Abbr. : DERIV
86. Arranged, as hair : COIFED
87. Martian: Comb. form : AREO
89. Part of the ambiance : DECOR
91. Tomato blight : EDEMA
92. Gentleman's gentleman : VALET
93. Pullet products : EGGS
94. Location of Henzada and Harbin : ASIA
95. Film portrayer of Mowgli : SABU
96. Entrance for Walter Morel : ADIT
97. Caron role: 1953 : LILI
98. Goggler : EYER
99. Steep : SOAK
100. Stout topper : SUDS
102. F.D.R. project : NRA
104. Big ___, Calif. : SUR

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 11 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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