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Jim Page
Jim Page

UNGLUE THE CLUES

New York Times, Sunday, December 18, 1977

Author: Jim Page
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 160, Blocks: 102, Avg Word Len: 5.34, Missing: { F J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 618 (avg 1.45)
Open Squares: 138, Cheaters: 20, FITB: 16, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 17
Jim Page has 84 pre-Shortz puzzles and 70 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1977, The New York TimesNo. 10,354
Across Down
1. Nobelist in Physics: 1944 : RABI
5. World's busiest airport : OHARE
10. Position: Comb. form : STASI
15. Comic : WAG
18. Argentine press : PRENSA
21. Ora pro ___ : NOBIS
22. Writes on a blackboard : CHALKS
23. Bar order : RYE
24. Moulin Rouge dance : CANCAN
25. Burst or burgeon : ERUPT
26. Where Leander floundered : HELLESPONT
28. STONEWALLED : BOULDERSTREETMCMAHON
31. Lineage : STRAIN
32. ___ as Methuselah : ASOLD
33. Part of A.E.C. : ENERGY
35. Stage curtain : DROP
37. Clay today : ALI
38. Pearl Buck book : SONS
40. Joint : KNEE
42. LEADENNESS : MEADOWLAIRELIOT
48. Bumps into : MEETS
49. ___ ear (hearkened) : LENTAN
50. Spore sacs in fungi : ASCI
51. Borne by the wind : EOLIC
53. Upbeat : ARSIS
54. Parishioners : LAITY
55. Child of Zeus : ATHENA
57. Cyrano's problem : NOSE
58. Cow catcher : LASSO
59. Baseball statistics : ASSISTS
61. Violin string : GUT
63. Dross of metal : SLAG
65. ___ over (ponder) : MULL
66. Lariat : RIATA
70. ___ Flow : SCAPA
74. Witnesses : EYERS
77. Dimension : AREA
78. BETROTHAL : ANTEBOSHMARCH
81. Goldie : HAWN
83. Treatise : ESSAY
85. Stradivari's teacher : AMATI
86. City in Tenn. : ALCOA
87. Concert halls : ODEA
88. Swear at : CUSS
90. River near Gerona : TER
92. Parties to a legal transaction : PRIVIES
94. Fortuneteller's card : TAROT
97. Fleur-de-lis : IRIS
101. Boil with rage : SEETHE
105. "___ of a Salesman" : DEATH
106. "___ the West Wind" : ODETO
107. Fundamental : BASIC
109. Queenly nickname : CLEO
110. Romans' small shields : PELTAE
111. Clans : SEPTS
112. SPARERIBS : VICHYASTOTEASES
115. Urban eyesore : SLUM
116. St., ave., etc. : RTES
118. Marker : IOU
119. Boat-bottom timber : KEEL
120. Click beetle : ELATER
122. Tubers' kin : BULBS
125. Joseph and Stewart : ALSOPS
129. RIGAMAROLE : SSRCAPITALKETTLEPART
134. Locale out West : BOISEIDAHO
136. Zoological class: Comb. form : OIDEI
137. Chopper parts : ROTORS
139. Gun a motor : REV
140. Stone tablets : STELAE
141. Dorm sound : SNORE
142. Wonder : STEVIE
143. Beatitudes verb : ARE
144. Became withered : SERED
145. Moth : EGGER
146. Jackstay : ROPE
1. Correspondence courtesy: Abbr. : RPC
2. Saracens : ARABS
3. "___ afraid of greatness": Shak. : BENOT
4. Bring upon oneself : INCUR
5. Humdinger : ONER
6. Hengist's brother : HORSA
7. Is up against : ABUTS
8. Hilarious : RIPROARING
9. Actress Winwood : ESTELLE
10. Semites' ancestor : SHEM
11. Bath powder : TALC
12. "___ are liars": Psalm 116 : ALLMEN
13. Daggers : SKEANS
14. "Who is Silvia? what ___ . . . ": Shak. : ISSHE
15. Lack of justice : WRONGNESS
16. Writer Rand : AYN
17. Obtain : GET
19. Time of youthful inexperience : SALADDAYS
20. Fireplace fixture : ANDIRON
22. Lab occupant : CHT
27. PIGEONHOLES : PORKERAGEHOVELS
29. Sufficient, of old : ENOW
30. Roman official : EDILE
34. Abominable Snowmen : YETIS
36. Land map : PLAT
38. Like Lindy's flight : SOLO
39. Actor Skinner : OTIS
41. It, in Italy : ESSO
42. Use a yardstick : MEASURE
43. Quarantines : ENISLES
44. HUNDREDWEIGHT : ATTILASCOTTMASS
45. Rowan : ASH
46. Hamill's milieu : ICE
47. Charged particle : ION
48. SE Asian peninsula : MALAY
49. Andes ruminant : LLAMA
52. These, in Tours : CES
55. A ___ Able : ASIN
56. Down-Under people : AUSSIES
60. Salvers : TRAYS
62. Exclamation of disgust : TCH
64. "Gipsy Love" composer : LEHAR
67. ___ standstill : ATA
68. Pro ___ : TEM
69. Nets' ex-league : ABA
71. M.D.'s group : AMA
72. Sidekick : PAL
73. Curve : ARC
75. Glow : RADIATE
76. "Ida! ___ Apple Cider" : SWEETAS
79. Pittsburgh catcher : OTT
80. Handle a problem : COPE
82. Elizabethan playwright : NASHE
84. Reo, Essex, etc. : AUTOS
89. Kinsman : SIB
91. Boatman's chore : RECAULKING
93. Edenic place : IDEALSPOT
94. Turn's partner : TOSS
95. An Astaire : ADELE
96. Disgusting : REPULSIVE
98. Talk gibberish : RAVE
99. Horn-wearing goddess : ISIS
100. Thus, to Tacitus : SIC
102. City railroads : ELS
103. Asian festival : TET
104. Golfer's problem : HOOK
108. City on Tokyo Bay : CHIBA
110. Ecdysiasts : PEELERS
113. "Heads I win; tails ___" : YOULOSE
114. Duck or color : TEAL
116. Speak a piece : RECITE
117. Market figure : TRADER
121. Part of a switch : TRESS
123. Hound : BEDOG
124. Cubic meter : STERE
126. Horse opera : OATER
127. Utah resort : PROVO
128. Gaza or Sunset : STRIP
130. Stake : PALE
131. "If ___ My Way" : IHAD
132. Peen of a hammer : TOE
133. Row : TIER
134. Bikini part : BRA
135. Poetic preposition : OER
138. Episcopacy : SEE

Answer summary: 15 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 13 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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