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Frances Hansen
Frances Hansen

EXCUZE MY SPELING

New York Times, Sunday, February 21, 1988

Author: Frances Hansen
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 68, Avg Word Len: 5.33, Missing: { J Q }, Scrabble score: 592 (avg 1.59)
Open Squares: 127, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 10, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 12
Frances Hansen has 81 pre-Shortz puzzles and 40 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1988, The New York TimesNo. 13,984
Across Down
1. Part of the window dressing? : SASH
5. Musical family : BACHS
10. Croupier's tool : RAKE
14. Belabor : FLOG
18. "Women and Love" author : HITE
19. Knock for ___ (stun) : ALOOP
20. Brazilian novelist Jorge : AMADO
22. Actor Julia of "Nine" : RAUL
23. PREADULTHOOD : ADOLESENCE
25. CREAMY SALAD DRESSING : MAYONAISSE
27. Distinguishing feature : HALLMARK
28. Rubik cube or pet rock, e.g. : CRAZE
30. Start of a Christmas carol : ADESTE
31. Big swig of liquor : BELT
32. Certain electron tube : DIODE
33. Middle East trouble spot : IRAN
34. Tijuana Brass trumpeter : ALPERT
37. "Oh, ___ Beautiful Mornin'" : WHATA
38. Gold rush region: 1897-98 : KLONDIKE
42. Extremely small : TEENY
43. ROSTROPOVICH'S INSTRUMENT : VIOLINCELLO
45. Male gypsy : ROM
46. Biting : TART
47. Participate in the lists : TILT
48. Actual : REAL
49. ___ Stoker, "Dracula" author : BRAM
50. Doctrine : ISM
51. SOLEMN PLEDGE : COMMITTMENT
55. Open-weave fabric : VOILE
56. Taiwan divides it : CHINASEA
58. Gathers the sheaves : REAPS
59. Prized Himalayan cedar : DEODAR
60. Largest country in Africa : SUDAN
61. Art style : GENRE
62. "Death Be Not Proud" poet : DONNE
63. "___ Rides Again," 1939 film : DESTRY
65. Witches' get-together : COVEN
66. Ava played a barefoot one : CONTESSA
69. Send the spirits soaring : ELATE
70. HURTFUL : DELITERIOUS
72. Item in a supermarket pyramid : CAN
73. Shropshire simpleton : GABY
74. Location : SITE
75. "___ It Romantic?" : ISNT
76. William or Sean : PENN
77. Expanse east of N.A. : ATL
78. AMASS : ACCUMMULATE
82. "La Plume de Ma ___," 1958 Broadway hit : TANTE
83. Covers one's sword : SHEATHES
85. Skating champ Rodnina : IRINA
86. Highest point : VERTEX
87. Kind of poker : STUD
88. Wild goose : BRANT
89. Bamako is its capital : MALI
90. The Big Apple : GOTHAM
93. Part of a political platform : PLANK
94. Willy Loman, for one : SALESMAN
98. DISCONCERTED : EMBARASSED
100. SUFFOCATE : ASPHIXIATE
102. Wander about : ROAM
103. ___ hot (middling) : NOTSO
104. Prods on : GOADS
105. Black Sea arm : AZOV
106. Oliver's audacious request : MORE
107. "Red" initials : USSR
108. Comedian Murphy : EDDIE
109. Slangy dissent : NOPE
1. Pahlavi's title : SHAH
2. Amonasro's daughter : AIDA
3. Acronym for a certain plane : STOL
4. Dead set on : HELLBENT
5. Igneous rock : BASALT
6. On the qui vive : ALERT
7. Bop on the head : CONK
8. Hic, haec trailer : HOC
9. Menu bargain of the day : SPECIAL
10. Islamic fasting month : RAMADAN
11. Astonish : AMAZE
12. Danny or Sammy : KAYE
13. Conductor de Waart : EDO
14. Quaker : FRIEND
15. Highlands girl : LASS
16. Give the boot to : OUST
17. Hilarity : GLEE
21. Enjoying a winning streak : ONAROLL
24. Manicurist's board : EMERY
26. Major Joppolo's post : ADANO
29. French roast : ROTI
32. Gandhi's loincloth : DHOTI
33. ___ ease (uncomfortable) : ILLAT
34. White elephant's destination? : ATTIC
35. Rover's restraint : LEASH
36. SANCTIONED : PERMISSABLE
37. Fred Flintstone's wife : WILMA
38. Laments loudly : KEENS
39. NACREOUS : IRRIDESCENT
40. Down Under eucalyptus eater : KOALA
41. Hard red wheat : EMMER
43. Flexible shoot : VIMEN
44. Thin pancake : CREPE
47. That is ___ (so to speak) : TOSAY
49. Daniel or Debby : BOONE
51. Staff officers' group : CADRE
52. Rome's famous fountain : TREVI
53. Belief : TENET
54. Château-Thierry's river : MARNE
55. Wall outlets : VENTS
57. Like a fruitcake : NUTTY
59. It goes with a cup of java : DONUT
61. Robot of Jewish folklore : GOLEM
62. Blackmore's Lorna : DOONE
63. "Prima Ballerina" painter : DEGAS
64. Israeli seaport : ELATH
65. Whale in the sky : CETUS
66. Old Roman receptacle : CISTA
67. Word in a French toast : SANTE
68. Building afterthought : ANNEX
70. Used the gaming tables : DICED
71. Laughing : RIANT
74. French prime minister: 1947-48 : SCHUMAN
76. Montmartre resident : PARISIAN
78. Rose distillation : ATTAR
79. Oriel : MIRADOR
80. Monitor lizard : URAN
81. Hookup : LINKAGE
82. Communications device : TELEX
84. "Ain't It ___?" (Fats Domino's query) : ASHAME
86. Carry-on luggage : VALISE
88. Consecrate : BLESS
89. Moslem Messiah : MAHDI
90. Spore : GERM
91. "Typee" sequel : OMOO
92. Ski lift : TBAR
93. Attention-getting hisses : PSTS
94. Mining nail : SPAD
95. Author de la Roche : MAZO
96. Over : ATOP
97. Field of glacial ice : NEVE
99. Trifling amount : SOU
101. Do a lawn job : SOD

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 6 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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