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Alfio Micci
Alfio Micci

SPELLING IT OUT

New York Times, Sunday, February 29, 1976

Author: Alfio Micci
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 144, Blocks: 83, Avg Word Len: 4.97, Missing: { J }, Scrabble score: 557 (avg 1.56)
Open Squares: 110, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 10, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 10
Alfio Micci has 91 pre-Shortz puzzles and 11 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1976, The New York TimesNo. 9,696
Across Down
1. Western capital : SALEM
6. Metric units: Abbr. : CMS
9. ___ bleu : BAS
12. Plateaus : MESAS
17. African country : ANGOLA
18. Actor Linden : HAL
19. Newts : EFTS
21. Funeral oration : ELOGE
22. Like a wasteland : BARREN
23. Cretan mount : IDA
24. Gerhilde, Ortlinde, et al. : DIEWALKURE
26. Lucy Ashton : BRIDEOFLAMMERMOOR
29. Spread hay : TED
30. Desires : YENS
31. Paparazzo's need : FILM
32. Wonder : AWE
33. Wahoo : ONO
34. Attention-getting word : HEY
35. Previously : ALREADY
37. Hairy and Barbary : APES
38. Menotti girl : AMELIA
42. Baseball stat : RBI
43. Likely : APT
45. Lunar-solar year gap : EPACT
50. Sicilian port : PALERMO
52. Gets a flag ready : UNFURLS
55. Cupid : AMOR
56. Wager : PLACEABET
58. Swiss canton : URI
59. Compete with : EMULATE
62. Color : TINT
63. Barber's cry : NEXT
64. Scale notes : MIS
65. Lolita, for one : NYMPHET
66. Kind of pass or door : SCREEN
68. Tropical tree : COBOLA
70. Marx : GROUCHO
74. Bro. or sis, e.g. : REL
76. Japanese city : NARA
77. ___ out (scold) : BAWL
81. Man from Riga : LATVIAN
82. Retainer : FEE
83. Uniform fabric : ELASTIQUE
85. Solo : ARIA
86. Straus's was chocolate : SOLDIER
89. Height : STATURE
90. Ten: Lat. : DECEM
92. Ghent river : LYS
93. Digits: Abbr. : NOS
95. Imagined : DREAMT
96. Understanding words : ISEE
99. Omitted : LEFTOUT
101. Period : DOT
104. Road sign : SLO
105. Hind : DOE
107. Of animals : ZOIC
108. Turn : SLUE
112. Silkworm : ERI
113. Uncas : LASTOFTHEMOHICANS
117. Violetta Valery : LATRAVIATA
119. Spanish queen : ENA
120. Oleoresins : ELEMIS
121. Chou ___ : ENLAI
122. Coward or Harrison : NOEL
123. Staff man: Abbr. : ADC
124. Kreutzer, for one : SONATA
125. Horse : STEED
126. Young plant: Abbr. : SDL
127. Cry of disgust : PAH
128. Cubic meter : STERE
1. Wile : SNARE
2. Smiling : AGRIN
3. Conrad's Jim et al. : LORDS
4. Robt. ___ : ELEE
5. Don Quixote : MANOFLAMANCHA
6. Horror flick : CHILLER
7. Pinkerton's spouse : MADAMABUTTERFLY
8. Word with bang : SLAM
9. Moisten : BEDEW
10. Flaming : AFIRE
11. Halt : STEM
12. Village on the Tweed : MELROSE
13. ___ Rapids, Mich. : ELK
14. Bridge hand : SOUTH
15. Concur : AGREE
16. Unkempt : SEEDY
17. "Dear ___" : ABBY
20. At one fell ___ : SWOOP
25. Topnotch : AONE
27. Tree : FIR
28. One of the poles : MAY
35. English river : AIRE
36. Hubbub : DIN
37. Ocean: Abbr. : ATL
38. Date: Abbr. : APPT
39. Bamako's land : MALI
40. Dash : ELAN
41. Talk: Abbr. : LECT
43. Of gold : AURIC
44. Ruritania's Rudolf : PRISONEROFZENDA
46. Feeler : PALP
47. Oriental nurse : AMAH
48. D'Azur or d'Or : COTE
49. Weight allowance : TRET
51. Fairy king and namesakes : OBERONS
53. Fee-faw-___ : FUM
54. Spanish ladies : SENORAS
57. Devon river : EXE
60. Ferrara's spouse : MYLASTDUCHESS
61. Fringefoot : UMA
66. Physics, for one: Abbr. : SCI
67. Is obligated : NEEDS
69. French dance : BAL
70. Hand or rags : GLAD
71. Unusual : RARE
72. Of the ear : OTIC
73. Grapes : UVAE
75. Garland : LEI
77. Be an unwitting joke victim : BITE
78. Color : AQUA
79. Glaciation stage : WURM
80. Court district : LEET
84. Target of Jack of Hearts : TART
87. Bull of Norway : OLE
88. Compass reading : ENE
91. Lost : MISLAID
94. Have no ___ for (dislike) : STOMACH
97. Tito, for one : SLAV
98. Dye : EOSIN
99. Allow : LET
100. Scoreboard trio : OIO
101. Crosses out : DELES
102. Praying figure : ORANT
103. Kind of page or role : TITLE
105. Lavished love on : DOTED
106. "___ things!" : OFALL
108. Play part : SCENE
109. Truman's birthplace : LAMAR
110. Consolidate : UNITE
111. Italian pronoun : ESSA
114. N. M. resort : TAOS
115. Guest's amount o' livin' : HEAP
116. Ait : ILOT
118. Scottish explorer : RAE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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