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Jim Page
Jim Page

PLAY IT BY EAR

New York Times, Sunday, April 28, 1985

Author: Jim Page
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 78, Avg Word Len: 5.26, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 577 (avg 1.59)
Open Squares: 131, Cheaters: 14, FITB: 12, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 14
Jim Page has 84 pre-Shortz puzzles and 70 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1985, The New York TimesNo. 12,955
Across Down
1. Sale sign : ATCOST
7. Iroquoian people : ERIES
12. Chilean revolutionist: 1785–1821 : CARRERA
19. Unfair critic : MEANIE
20. Connective tissue : TENDON
22. Woofer's kin : TWEETER
23. Brewer from Toledo : TERESA
24. Esposito under contract? : HAVINGONESPHIL
26. Hereditary ruler : DYNAST
28. Infrequently : SELDOM
29. Kind of branch : OLIVE
30. Papuan natives : TELEIS
32. Della and Pee Wee : REESES
34. Jazzes up the punch : LACES
35. Slangy denials : NAHS
37. Fogs' fellow travelers : MISTS
39. Little ___ (the Ocean State) : RHODY
41. Endings for chemicals : ANES
42. Unemployment act of 1973: Abbr. : CETA
43. Redactor's word : STET
44. Fencing blade : EPEE
48. Say further : ADD
49. Bridge passes : BYS
50. Marriage doc. : LIC
53. D.I.'s "stop" : HALT
54. Transportation notable : DOLE
55. Skull: Comb. form : CRANIO
57. Japanese P.M.: 1972–74 : TANAKA
59. Israeli city : LOD
61. Christmas-tree concern : OIL
62. Jackpot, e.g. : PAYOFF
63. Vertebral-column parts : SACRA
64. Ornamental clasps : AGRAFES
66. Abdul-Jabbar, to Laker fans? : KAREEMOFTHECROP
70. Constable : OFFICER
73. U.S. naval historian: 1840–1914 : MAHAN
74. E.T. et al. : ALIENS
78. Little corn grower : TOE
79. "Charley's Aunt" character : ELA
80. Ridicule : DERIDE
81. "When I ___ my fiddle . . . ": Yeats : PLAYON
82. Champagne bucket : ICER
84. Elbe tributary : ISER
86. Oxford measure : EEE
87. "___ will be done . . . " : THY
88. Before, to Keats : ERE
89. Refer to : CITE
90. Schmaltz of "Moon Mullins" : EMMY
91. "___ Death": Grieg : ASES
93. ___ de vivre : JOIE
94. "Fe fi ___!" : FOFUM
96. Devilfish : MANTA
98. On the horizon : AFAR
99. Annoyed : IRKED
102. Fished with a net : SEINED
105. Confine, as a stream : EMBANK
108. Mountain in Spain : CARRO
109. Thin-skinned : TOUCHY
111. Moon goddess : SELENE
113. Borg: 6/6/56? : BJORNTOSUCCEED
117. Slenderize : REDUCE
119. Sea cow : MANATEE
120. Flimflammers : SHARPS
121. Nautilus construction site : GROTON
122. Hebrew greetings : SHALOMS
123. " . . . ___ of singing birds": S. Johnson : ANEST
124. Makes resolute : STEELS
1. Bank-account fig. : AMT
2. ___ off (sore) : TEED
3. What Middlecoff hoped to do in the 1955 Masters? : CARYTHEDAY
4. Harmony; concord : ONENESS
5. Cordage fiber : SISAL
6. Comb wool : TEASE
7. Suffix with go : ETH
8. E. Indian herbs : REAS
9. Turn upside down : INVERT
10. Posts held by Cato and Caesar : EDILES
11. Meteorological device : SONDE
12. Boxer's need: Abbr. : CTN
13. Windmill sail : AWE
14. Peddled a used car : RESOLD
15. Ran a tape back : REPLAYED
16. Set of moral values : ETHIC
17. Raid: Scot. : REIVE
18. Kingdom of Burgundy : ARLES
21. Vietnamese political family : NGOS
25. Sicilian code of silence : OMERTA
27. Fleet Street name : TIMES
31. Perch : SIT
33. Wood finish : SHELLAC
35. Civil-rights org. : NAACP
36. Comb. form after pachys : ANDRA
38. Moslem salutation : SALAAM
40. What QB Graham signed? : OTTOGRAPHS
42. What Young caused Red Sox fans to heave? : CYOFRELIEF
43. ___ Na Na, rock group : SHA
45. Magician's utterance : POOF
46. Author Wiesel : ELIE
47. Wigglers : EELS
49. Hand ax : BIFACE
51. Figure in a bracket : INCOME
52. The high cost of leaving : CARFARE
56. Rock rat : NOKI
57. Mao ___-tung : TSE
58. Singer Sullivan : KATHIE
60. With humor : DROLLY
65. Capital of Western Samoa : APIA
67. Dutch scholar: 1466?–1536 : ERASMUS
68. Of the underworld : HADEAN
69. Wind dir. : ENE
70. Relating to the ear : OTIC
71. Centers of activity : FOCI
72. Pumps' contents : FEET
75. Part of Rockne's needle found in the Bard's cauldron? : EYEOFKNUTE
76. Water wheel : NORIA
77. Scornful look : SNEER
80. Kind of cell : DRY
83. Job interviewee, sometimes : REFERRAL
85. Family of an Irish hero : EMMETS
87. Mets, Jets and Nets : TEAMS
92. Sault ___ Marie : STE
93. Nameless one's name : JANEDOE
95. Tooth: Comb. form : ODONTO
96. Mohammed, for one : MECCAN
97. Stick : ADHERE
99. Some U.S. missiles : ICBMS
100. Indian prince : RAJAH
101. Scandinavian money : KRONA
103. Markers : IOUS
104. Nape : NUCHA
106. Ice floes : BERGS
107. Vigilant : ALERT
110. Nopes' antitheses : YEPS
112. Bionomics: Abbr. : ECOL
114. Pro ___ : TEM
115. Faroe Islands whirlwinds : OES
116. Summertime in N.Y.C. : DST
118. U.S.N.A. graduate : ENS

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 10 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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