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Nancy S. Ross
Nancy S. Ross

PROMISES, PROMISES

New York Times, Sunday, December 30, 1990

Author: Nancy Scandrett Ross
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 87, Avg Word Len: 5.13, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 533 (avg 1.51)
Open Squares: 112, Cheaters: 22, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Spans: 4, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 6
Nancy S. Ross has 34 pre-Shortz puzzles and 22 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1990, The New York TimesNo. 15,027
Across Down
1. Dines late : SUPS
5. Munch : CHAMP
10. Tribulations : WOES
14. Nedda's husband : CANIO
15. Finery : REGALIA
18. Fainéant : IDLER
20. Errors at Wimbledon : FAULTS
21. Pericles and Cicero : ORATORS
22. Actress Piper : LAURIE
24. Start of a verse : ALCOHOLWONTPASSMYLIPS
27. Singer Laine et al. : CLEOS
28. Stengel's wife : EDNA
29. Composer ___ Hoffmann: Inits. : ETA
30. Suitable : APT
31. Deadeye and Rackstraw : TARS
32. Bull fiddle : BASS
33. "Lakmé," e.g. : OPERA
36. City NW of Leipzig : HALLE
38. Harrow's rival : ETON
40. Institute in Brooklyn : PRATT
41. Ross and Palmer : BETSYS
42. Mil. address : APO
45. Endings for lobby and palm : ISTS
47. Pearl Mosque site : AGRA
48. Japanese salad plant : UDO
49. Verse: Part II : TOBACCOISPARTOFMYPAST
57. ___ Bell (Emily Brontë) : ELLIS
58. Shabby : MEAN
59. The least bit : RAP
60. Popular aperitif : KIR
61. Greenish blue : TEAL
62. Prospero's servant : ARIEL
64. Cautious : CHARY
66. Greek Juno : HERA
67. Bowler or boater : HAT
68. Neighbor of Md. : DEL
69. Secular : LAIC
70. Jeans fabric : DENIM
71. Verse: Part III : EXERCISEWILLSHAPEMEUP
78. "But is it ___?" : ART
79. Composer Khachaturian : ARAM
80. Bridge bid : SLAM
81. Draft org. : SSS
82. Nettles : GRATES
85. Streetcars : TRAMS
86. Command to Gabriel : BLOW
88. Peep show : RAREE
89. Euripides tragedy : MEDEA
90. Twofold : DUAL
92. Curly coiffure : AFRO
96. Syr. neighbor : ISR
97. Australian isl. : TAS
98. Louis challenger : CONN
99. J. F. Cooper subject : PILOT
100. End of verse : THISDIETISTRULYMYLAST
107. Strict : SEVERE
108. Part of G.P.A. : AVERAGE
109. Some women's fashions : ALINES
110. Less well done : RARER
111. Ancient chipped stones : EOLITHS
112. Tam-tams : GONGS
113. Ayers and Hoad : LEWS
114. Loamy deposit : LOESS
115. Pulitzer Prize playwright: 1953 : INGE
1. Limoges item : SAUCER
2. Let go : UNLOOSE
3. Cores : PITHS
4. Middling : SOSO
5. Throngs : CROWDS
6. Cousins of hammerheads : HERONS
7. Guam's capital : AGANA
8. Marshal Dillon : MATT
9. Drop heavily : PLOP
10. One of the Flintstones : WILMA
11. Anita or Alan of songdom : ODAY
12. Jewish month : ELUL
13. Soap operas : SERIALS
14. Arum lily : CALLA
16. "De ___," Seneca essay : IRA
17. Postulate : ASSERT
19. Like breeze-kissed water : RIPPLY
20. Reality : FACT
23. Adlai's running mate: 1956 : ESTES
25. Camper's shelter : LEANTO
26. Dep. : STA
32. Greenish-yellow pear : BOSC
33. E. Power Biggs's instrument : ORGAN
34. Henry's last Catherine : PARR
35. State of France : ETAT
36. Lamarr of films : HEDY
37. At the summit : ATOP
39. Involuntary contractions : TICS
40. Kind of bull : PAPAL
41. Causing jolts : BUMPY
42. " . . . the rat /That ___ malt" : ATETHE
43. Knight's weapon : POLEAX
44. Flattened at the poles : OBLATE
46. Metaphor's cousin : SIMILE
50. Trouble : AIL
51. Comprehend : SEE
52. Plants resembling spinach : ORACHS
53. Remote : FAR
54. Indehiscent fruits : AKENES
55. Night's brightest star : SIRIUS
56. Birds of passage : TRAMPS
62. Mine entrances : ADITS
63. Domicile: Abbr. : RES
64. Soothes : CALMS
65. Towel word : HIS
66. The bottom line, to Blass : HEM
69. Vicuña's cousin : LLAMA
70. Salesman's car, frequently : DEMO
72. Appraise : RATE
73. Ontario Indian : CREE
74. Guardian's concern : WARD
75. Dies ___ : IRAE
76. Role in "King Lear" : ALBANY
77. Weary : PALL
82. Southern dish : GRITS
83. Bacon portion : RASHER
84. Advent : ARRIVAL
85. Seed coats : TESTAE
87. Banshee's activity : WAILING
89. Actress Clarke of old films : MAE
90. Kneaded mixtures : DOUGHS
91. Save : UNLESS
93. Projecting rim : FLANGE
94. American Beauties : ROSES
95. Mel and Ed of baseball : OTTS
97. Shea areas : TIERS
98. Jalopy : CRATE
99. Post used in air races : PYLON
101. Parched : SERE
102. Teen detective of fiction : DREW
103. ___ Levi (Yves Montand) : IVO
104. Market : SELL
105. Chamber-music piece : TRIO
106. O. Henry title word : MAGI

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 6 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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